Investing.com – Oil prices slipped on Thursday in Asia after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported that U.S. oil inventories rose much more than market expected last week.
U.S. slipped 0.1% to $56.30 by 12:01 AM ET (04:01 GMT). International also inched down $61.67.
The EIA said rose by 7.9 million barrels, compared with expectations from analysts for an increase of about 1.5 million barrels.
fell by 2.8 million barrels, versus an expectation for a draw of 1.8 million barrels. fell 622,000 barrels, compared with forecasts for a drop of about 950,000.
“What we had today was a big surprise from the EIA,” said Tariq Zahir, managing member at the oil-focused Tyche Capital Advisors in New York. “While gasoline has a slightly bigger-than-expected draw, crude saw a massive build.”
“Now, we can expect several negative factors to come into play in the weeks to come,” Zahir added. “The risk we feel especially with the recent crude oil inventory builds and reduction in demand forecasts will be to the downside for prices in the energy markets.”
Also weighing on oil prices today were reports that the biggest producers in OPEC+ aren’t pushing for deeper oil-supply cuts when the group meets next month.
Oil prices received some support earlier this week by expectations that China and the U.S. were on the cusp of concluding phase one of their trade deal that would roll back much of the tit-for-tat tariffs.
However, reports today said the signing of the deal might have to be delayed until December as discussions continued over terms and venue.
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