Oil Holds Steady After U.S. Build as Focus Turns to Inflation - Bloomberg


Oil Holds Steady After U.S. Build as Focus Turns to Inflation - Bloomberg
PRICES
  • West Texas Intermediate for July delivery was little changed at $69.97 a barrel at 10:01 a.m. London time
    • WTI slipped below $70 on Wednesday, after rising to the highest since 2018 earlier this week
  • Brent for August settlement edged up 0.1% to $72.29

Oil erased losses as traders awaited inflation data, after an increase in U.S. fuel stockpiles brought crude’s rally to a halt.
Futures in New York held steady after earlier dropping 1%. In the U.S., inflation figures due later Thursday may give clues about the path of monetary policy. Data on Wednesday showed gasoline inventories jumped, and a rolling average of demand slid for the first time in a month, adding to the bearish sentiment.
Oil Holds Steady After U.S. Build as Focus Turns to Inflation - Bloomberg
Despite the weekly demand data, the oil market remains on a steady path of recovering consumption -- though strength in the western world is partly offset by weakness in some Asian countries. Traders are also monitoring international talks to revive the Iranian nuclear deal, which are yet to find a solution. All the while, OPEC+ is gradually adding supply back to the market.
“Many seem to think the U.S. inventory report on the large oil-product inventory increase is a one-off event, considering that other indicators point to improving demand,” said Giovannni Staunovo, a commodity analyst at UBS Group AG. “So considering the positive momentum, some likely see this as a buying opportunity.”

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