WTI Oil Rises Despite Crude Inventories Surge

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Investing.com – Crude gained on Wednesday, despite data showing that supplies in the U.S. registered a larger-than-expected inventory build.

for March delivery on the rose 2.17% to trade at $54.27 a barrel by 10:32 AM ET (15:32 GMT), compared with $54.23 ahead of the report.

The U.S. said in its weekly report that rose by 3.633 million barrels in the week ended Feb. 8. Analysts had expected a crude-stock build of 2.668 million barrels, according to Investing.com, though the late Tuesday reported a draw of 0.998 million.

The data follows a prediction that the global oil market will be able absorb crude supply from suppliers outside of , according to the International Energy Agency.

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The Paris-based agency left its demand growth forecast for 2019 unchanged from its last report in January at 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd), while raising its estimate of growth in crude supply from outside OPEC to 1.8 million bpd in 2019, from 1.6 million bpd previously.

OPEC has pledged to cut production by 800,000 bpd this year as part of an agreement with Russia and other non-OPEC producers.

, the key delivery point for crude, decreased by 1.02 million barrels last week, the said. Total U.S. crude oil inventories stood at 450.8 million barrels as of last week, according to press release, which the considered to be “about 6% above the five-year average for this time of year.”

But the report also showed that increased by 408,000 barrels, compared to expectations for a rise of 826,000 million barrels, while rose by 1.19 million barrels, compared to forecasts for a decline of 1.14 million.

Elsewhere on the ICE (NYSE:) Exchange in London, rose 1.95% to $63.64 a barrel.

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Source: Investing.com