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eased in Asia on Wednesday in a bout of profit-taking after a
report U.S. output this year and next may be less than expected
initially boosted the commodity, but industry data subsequently
presented a bearish near-term stocks view.
The U.S. is likely to produce 8.37 million barrels a day of
crude oil this year, the U.S. Energy Information Administration
said Tuesday. The projection is down from 8.39 million barrels a
day in the EIA's previous forecast, but still up from 7.44 million
barrels a day in 2013.
In 2015, the EIA forecasts production of 9.13 million barrels a
day of oil, down from 9.16 million barrels a day previously.
Separately, the American Petroleum Institute, an industry group,
said late Tuesday that its own data for the week showed a
7.1-million-barrel build in crude stocks, according to industry
sources. The group also said gasoline supplies fell by 3.7 million
barrels in the week and distillate stocks rose by 293,000 barrels,
according to the sources.
Crude futures shot up on Tuesday on fears the Russian standoff
in Ukraine may escalate, which could disrupt supply from oil-rich
Crude gains as Ukraine crisis heats up anewUkraine crisis brews,
sends oil prices gaining
On the New York Mercantile Exchange,crude oil for delivery in
May traded at $102.34 a barrel, down 0.22%, after hitting an
overnight session low of $100.67 a barrel and a high of $102.49 a
Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange rose $1.85, or 1.8%, to
$107.67 a barrel on Tuesday
Overnight, oil prices firmed after pro-Russian activists in
Ukraine's industrial center of Donetsk declared their independence
from Kiev, a move Ukrainian leaders described as part of a
Russian-orchestrated plan to justify an invasion.
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry said earlier that Russian
agents were encouraging unrest in eastern Ukraine and said Moscow
was preparing military action in the region.
Capping gains, however, were expectations for Libyan crude
exports to normalize.
Libyan government officials and rebels reached an agreement over
the weekend to re-open Zueitina and Hariga ports, which normally
export a combined total of 200,000 barrels a day, mostly to
The news sent oil prices falling, as the end to the standoff
will increase global supply.
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