U.S. crude stocks dip, gasoline builds – EIA
U.S. crude stocks fell last week, while gasoline stocks increased and distillate inventories fell, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday.
Crude inventories fell by 1.2 million barrels in the week to Dec. 7, compared with expectations for a decrease of 3 million barrels.
Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub rose by 1.1 million barrels, EIA said.
Refinery crude runs fell by 51,000 barrels per day, EIA data showed. Refinery utilization rates fell by 0.4 percentage points.
Gasoline stocks rose by 2.1 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 2.5 million-barrel gain.
Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, fell by 1.5 million barrels, versus expectations for a 1.8 million-barrel increase, the EIA data showed.
Net U.S. crude imports rose last week by 1.1 million barrels per day.
Source: Reuters (Reporting By David Gaffen)