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Oil edges lower as US stockpiles grow more than expected


TOKYO: Oil futures edged lower about Wednesday, extending losses through the previous day, after US crude stockpiles grew more than expected, adding to doubts about oversupply, although an accident in gasoline stocks held the decline in check.

Brent crude was down a couple of cents at $42.61 a barrel by 0045 GMT, while US Western side Texas Intermediate (WTI) unsavory futures fell 4 pennies, or 0.1 %, to $40.33 the barrel.

US crude arrays rose by a much larger than expected million barrels last week, as per industry group the North american Petroleum Institute (API), very well ahead of analysts’ expectations for the 300,000-barrel build.

However, US gasoline and distillate inventories fell, the data confirmed, feeding optimism that gasoline consumption is picking up as some economies ease lockdowns imposed to contain the coronavirus pandemic.

US government files will be released on Wed.

Global oil consumption is to recover as economies finish lockdown, while the Organization in the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allied producers include slashed output and US shale producers have close up in wells.

On Tues, both Brent and WTI contracts traded at their particular highest levels since costs collapsed in early March.

Still, the market remains worried about a rising number of coronavirus cases in the United States and in another place, said Kazuhiko Saito, key analyst at Fujitomi Company.

New cases of COVID-19 rose 25 per cent in the us in the week ended July 21 compared to the previous a week, a Reuters analysis located.

China, the world’s top rated crude importer, is also expected to slow crude imports in the third quarter, right after record purchases in recent months, as higher oil prices damage demand and refiners bother about a second virus outbreak.

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