Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Oil Trades Above $74 on Speculation Supplies Dropped Last Week

Oil held steady above $74 a barrel in New York before a U.S. Energy Department report likely to show crude stockpiles fell last week as temperatures dropped. The report today is expected to show oil inventories in the U.S., the world’s biggest energy consumer, shrank by 1.6 million barrels in the week ended Dec. 18, according to the median estimate of 16 analysts polled by Bloomberg News. Data from the industry funded American Petroleum Institute yesterday showed commercially held U.S. inventories fell by 3.71 million barrels.

“Due to cold weather, we are seeing stock draws in crude and that is the supporting factor these days,” said Hannes Loacker, an analyst at Raiffeisen Zentralbank Oesterreich. “It brings the inventory levels nearer to the five year average.” Crude oil for February delivery rose as much as 47 cents, or 0.6 percent, to $74.87 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract was at $74.66 as of 10:36 a.m. London time. Futures closed yesterday at $74.40, the highest settlement since Dec. 4. There will be no trading on Dec. 25 for Christmas and on Jan. 1 for New Year’s Day.....Read the entire article.

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