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EIA analysis: Oil futures jump as US crude stocks fall

US commercial crude oil stocks were 847,000 barrels lower for the week ended December 12, helped along by a drop in imports, according to data released Wednesday from the US Energy Information Administration.

It represented a smaller-than-expected draw, but oil futures jumped regardless on a wave of short covering. Read more in the Platts analysis here.

EIA analysis: Record US crude oil runs lead to bearish product stock builds

Soaring crude oil inputs at US refineries helped to push combined US gasoline and distillate stocks 13.78 million barrels higher the week ended December 5, US Energy Information Administration (EIA) oil data showed Wednesday. Despite the higher demand from refiners, the buildup in US product stocks weighed on the oil complex. Read the full Platts analysis of the EIA data here.

OPEC oil production: still swinging on Libya

It’s likely that the monthly oil output numbers for OPEC are going to be highly subject to fluctuations in what a very unstable Libya does. That was no different in November, as you can read in our monthly output analysis here. 

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EIA analysis: US crude oil stocks decrease 3.7 million barrels

The biggest crude oil draw was on the US West Coast again this week. Analysts tend to downplay the significance of USWC stockpile movements because the region is mostly disconnected from Cushing, Oklahoma. You can read Platts’ analysis of the Energy Information Administration figures here.

EIA analysis: Big West Coast oil move skews overall figures

It was one of those weeks that sometimes vexes analyst: a relatively big build in crude oil inventories reported by the Energy Information Administration, but a lot of it coming on the US West Coast. As our weekly analysis explains here, traders tend to dismiss those figures.

Chinese oil demand growth rate reaches almost 3%

The growth in Chinese oil demand has been significantly less than the growth in the country’s GDP for awhile now. It still is, but October’s growth rate was a bit higher than some recent months. You can read our analysis of it here.

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EIA analysis: Counter-cyclical build in US crude oil inventories

A small expected build in crude oil stocks in the US last week actually turned out to be a fairly large build, given normal trends at this time of the year. You can read Platts’ analysis of the Energy Information Administration figures here.

IEA predicts ‘new chapter’ for oil markets, sees price declines into 2015 as likely

The 30% fall in oil prices since mid-June continues to dominate the oil market headlines, and anyone hoping for a swift recovery in prices could well be disappointed — especially if the most recent forecasts from the International Energy Agency are anything to go by.

The west’s energy watchdog said on Friday that global oil prices could continue to fall into 2015 despite the expectation that some unconventional oil production could become uneconomic at prices under $80/b.

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EIA analysis: Crude stocks fell as seasonal refining pattern emerges

The US Energy Information Administration’s petroleum data was delayed this week due to the US Veterans Day holiday earlier in the week. Commercial crude oil stocks fell 1.7 million barrels to 378.5 million barrels during the reporting week that ended Friday, and it was the second reporting week in a row in which crude runs increased, following a seasonal pattern.

Read more about the numbers and their significance in the Platts analysis from Geoffrey Craig, which can be found here.

OPEC cuts its oil output, and then Libya cuts it more

Platts completed its monthly survey of OPEC output in the last day or so, and then Libya decided to make all numbers from just a few days ago seem out-of-date.

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