Oil Prices Edge Higher as U.S. Stockpile Shrinks and OPEC’s Production Cut Meets Target

Oil Prices Edge Higher as U.S. Stockpile Shrinks and OPEC’s Production Cut Meets Target.

Oil prices edged higher on Thursday as U.S. stockpile decreased and OPEC production hit the lowest in three decades.

 

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Futures for August rose $0.30/bbl or 0.75% to $40.12/bbl. Meanwhile, Global benchmark Brent Futures gained $0.33/bbl or 0.79% to $42.36/bbl.

 

The U.S. Energy Information Administration revealed the data, indicating that U.S. crude inventories USOILC=ECI fell 7.2 million barrels from a record high last week as refiners started to pump the refining process after the lockdown. The decrease also beat analysts expectations by a large number.

Meanwhile, OPEC’s oil production in June reported at the lowest level since May 1991 during the Gulf War. More importantly, the number met its promised cut as well as the additional 1 million bpd cut by Saudi Arabia.

OPEC reduced the production by 22.69 million bpd in June, according to a Bloomberg survey.

 

However, the volatility still remained in the oil market as many countries are starting to report higher new daily coronavirus cases after easing lockdown, especially the U.S. that experts considered as a second wave and the new cases could hit 100,000 a day.

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