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Crude gains as U.S. supply report reveals robust demand for oil

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Shutterstock photo - - Oil prices rose on Wednesday after a weekly U.S. supply report revealed that inventories dropped more than expected.

In the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for delivery in October traded up 0.47% at $93.30 a barrel during U.S. trading. New York-traded oil futures hit a session low of $92.74 a barrel and a high of $93.57 a barrel.

The October contract settled down 0.95% at $92.86 a barrel on Tuesday.

Nymex oil futures were likely to find support at $92.62 a barrel, Tuesday' low, and resistance at $95.14 a barrel, Monday's high.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration said in its weekly report that U.S. crude oil inventories declined by 4.5 million barrels in the week ended Aug. 15, far surpassing expectations for a decline of 1.2 million barrels.

Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 362.5 million barrels as of last week.

The report also showed that total motor gasoline inventories increased by 0.6 million barrels, compared to forecasts for a decline of 1.6 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles fell by 1.0 million barrels.

The data painted a picture of a more robust U.S. economy, one that will consume more fuel and energy going forward.

Upbeat U.S. data released this week supported crude prices as well.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Commerce Department said that the number of building permits issued in July jumped 8.1% to 1.052 million units from June's total of 973,000. Analysts expected building permits to rise by 2.5% to 1.0 million units in July.

The reported also showed that U.S. housing starts soared by 15.7% last month to hit 1.093 million units from June's total of 945,000, far past expectations for an increase of 8.6% to 969,000 units.

A separate report showed that the U.S. consumer price index rose 0.1% last month from June and 2.0% on year, both figures meeting estimates.

Core consumer prices, which exclude food and energy costs, inched up by 0.1% last month, missing expectations for a 0.2% gain, though the year-on-year rate came in at 1.9%, which met expectations.

Separately, on the ICE Futures Exchange in London, Brent oil futures for October delivery were up 0.55% and trading at US$102.12 a barrel, while the spread between the Brent and U.S. crude contracts stood at US$8.82 a barrel. offers an extensive set of professional tools for the financial markets.

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