Oil falls after stocks rise more than expected
Industry data shows crude stockpiles increased and fuel inventories in the US rose last week
Tokyo — Oil prices fell on Wednesday after industry data showed crude oil stockpiles rose more than expected and fuel inventories unexpectedly increased last week in the US, the world’s largest oil consumer.
Brent oil futures fell 25c, or 0.3%, to $86.15 a barrel after closing at the highest in seven years on Tuesday.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) futures declined 26c, or 0.3%, to $84.39 a barrel after gaining 1.1% in the previous session.
Crude oil inventories rose 2.3-million barrels in the week ending October 22, market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures said late on Tuesday. That was more than the expectation for a 1.9-million barrel gain.
Petrol inventories rose by 500,000 barrels and distillate stocks increased by 1-million barrels, compared with a forecast for both to drop.
With Brent rising the past eight weeks and WTI climbing for the past 10 weeks, prices are starting to look overbought, analysts said.
“Barring more bullish headlines, which is possible considering what we saw yesterday, we could see some profit-taking in Brent and WTI which would be healthy for the market,” said Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at Oanda.
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