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Brent, WTI Prices Edge Up

Brent, WTI Prices Edge UpBrent, WTI Prices Edge Up

Oil prices edged up on Wednesday following a report of tightening US fuel inventories amid an outage at Syncrude Canada oil sands facility in Alberta, which usually supplies the United States.

Prices were also pushed up by looming US sanctions against Iran, which threaten to cut supplies to an already tight market despite pledges by producer group OPEC to raise output to make up for the disruptions, CNBC reported.

US West Texas Intermediate crude rose 46 cents, or 0.6 %, to $74.60 a barrel, compared with their last settlement. On Tuesday, WTI hit its highest since November 2014 at $75.27.

Brent crude were changing hands at $78.10 per barrel, up 34 cents, or 0.4 %, from their last close.

US crude inventories fell by 4.5 million barrels to 416.9 million barrels in the week to June 29, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday. Gasoline and distillate stocks, which include diesel and heating oil, also fell, the API said.

“The draw in distillates was against expectations,” said Sukrit Vijayakar, managing director of energy consultancy Trifecta.

The decline in fuel inventories was largely down to the outage at Syncrude Canada’s 360,000-bpd oil sands facility near Fort McMurray, Alberta. The outage is expected to last through July.

 

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