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US commercial crude stocks continue build: EIA analysis

While US crude oil production was almost flat for the week ended March 20, total commercial stocks increased 8.170 million barrels to 466.678 million barrels, according to data released today from the US Energy Information Administration.

Refineries were slightly more active during the week, with the utilization rate increasing 0.9 percentage point to 89% of operable capacity. Maintenance season has kept utilization rate under 90% since January 16, with the exception of one week. To read a total breakdown of the latest EIA data, see the Platts analysis here.

EIA analysis: US oil stockpiles, production rose last week

The latest data from the US Energy Information Administration shows US crude oil stockpiles rose 9.62 million barrels during the week ended March 13, again surpassing analysts’ expectations about the build. At 458.51 million barrels, US stockpiles for this time of year are at the highest level seen in at least 80 years, the EIA said. Learn more about crude oil production, imports, refinery demand and regional stocks in our latest Platts analysis, which you can read here.

EIA analysis: US crude stocks grow, likely to continue building

After a few weeks of higher-than-expected stock builds, analysts did a great job of pegging the build to US commercial crude  stocks for the week ended March 6.

According to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration, stocks rose 4.5 million barrels for the week, just a bit above analysts’ expectations. The inventories now come in at 448.9 million barrels, pushing further into record-high territory. The data was also released just a day after the EIA said it expects US crude oil production to increase to 9.35 million b/d in 2015 and 9.49 million b/d in 2016 and that inventories are likely to continue growing over the next couple of months.

For the full Platts analysis of the latest EIA oil data, click here.

EIA analysis: Crude build smashes analysts’ expectations

Analysts must be getting tired of inadvertently shooting too low with their estimates, but every week is a new week to get it right. Analysts surveyed by Platts on Monday expected crude oil stocks to increase 3.7 million barrels week over week, but the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration shows a build of 10.4 million barrels during the week ended February 27.

To read the full Platts analysis of the data, click here.

Oil demand, prices and decelerating US supply

Global oil supply and demand forecasts for 2015 have changed significantly recently, but these changes have largely cancelled each other out: the outlook is still one of a market roughly in balance. However, this ignores the tectonic shifts taking place under the surface. US output growth is decelerating. If futures markets pre-empt this, as they did in February, they risk reversing it, which could produce another drop in prices, as Ross McCracken, managing editor of Platts Energy Economist, explains.

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EIA analysis: Production, lower crude oil runs boost US stocks

US refineries scaled back for the week ended February 20 as part of the ongoing maintenance season, contributing to US commercial crude oil stocks building to a record 434.1 million barrels, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration.

The stocks increased 8.4 million barrels, more than double the amount expected by analysts surveyed by Platts on Monday. Production also rose, and more details of the latest EIA data can be found in the Platts analysis here.

EIA analysis: Crude oil stocks at Cushing, Oklahoma, climb toward record level

After rising yet again, US crude oil stocks totaled 425.6 million barrels for the week ended February 13, according to the most recent data from the US Energy Information Administration. The release of the data was delayed due to Presidents Day.

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EIA analysis: Keeping the streak alive, US crude stocks set another record

For the third week in a row, US crude oil stocks as reported by the US Energy Information Administration set a record. Stocks totaled 417.9 million barrels for the week ended February 6, according to the latest data, up 4.9 million barrels from the previous week and surpassing analysts’ expectations. The rise also comes despite refineries running at higher rates than usual for this time of the year. To read the full Platts analysis of the latest data, click here.

China’s olefins future shaped by economics and environmental concerns

The dramatic drop in crude prices over the past year has sent shock waves throughout global markets. Petrochemical markets have also been touched, in some instances in a positive manner, as cheaper crude translates into lower feedstock cost. This analysis looks at a specific sector of the petrochemical market — coal-to-olefins and methanol-to-olefins production — and evaluates how the changing relationship between coal and crude prices is impacting production economics in the largest growing petrochemical market in the world, China.

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EIA analysis: US crude oil stocks set record for second week in a row

Just one week after setting a record for crude oil stocks, the US has topped itself again as commercial crude oil stocks increased 6.3 million barrels to 413.1 million barrels in the week ended January 30, according to the latest data from the US Energy Information Administration.

The stock increase was more than twice what analysts polled by Platts expected. To read a thorough analysis of the latest data, click here.