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Oil Prices Steady Below 3-Year High Ahead Of EIA Supply Data

Oil Prices Steady Below 3-Year High Ahead Of EIA Supply Data© Reuters. Oil holds below 3-year highs ahead of EIA supply data

Investing.com – Crude prices were little changed in early action on Wednesday, steadying below the more than three-year highs reached the previous session, as investors looked ahead to fresh weekly data on U.S. commercial crude inventories to gauge the strength of demand in the world’s largest oil consumer and how fast output levels will continue to rise.

New York-traded tacked on 2 cents to $67.72 a barrel by 4:10AM ET (0810GMT). The U.S. benchmark rose to $69.55 last week, the highest since Nov. 28, 2014.

Meanwhile, , the benchmark for oil prices outside the U.S., ticked up 5 cents to $73.91 a barrel. The global benchmark climbed as high as $75.47 in the last session, a level not seen since Nov. 27, 2014.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration will release its official weekly oil supplies report for the week ended April 20 at 10:30AM ET (1430GMT), amid forecasts for an oil-stock drop of around .

Analysts also forecast a fall of for gasoline stockpiles, while distillate inventories are expected to drop by .

After markets closed Tuesday, the American Petroleum Institute said that U.S. oil inventories last week.

The API report also showed a drop of 2.7 million barrels in gasoline stocks, while inventories of distillates fell by 1.9 million barrels.

There are often sharp divergences between the API estimates and the official figures from EIA.

Oil prices , after U.S. President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron pledged to try to resolve differences on Iran, easing concerns that the United States might reinstate sanctions against Tehran.

That forced some traders to abandon their bullish bets on new U.S. sanctions against Iran limiting the country’s oil output.

The Trump administration has until May 12 to decide whether it will extend the sanctions waiver linked to Iran’s nuclear deal.

Yet, underlying sentiment in the oil market remained positive amid ongoing investor expectations that OPEC-led supply cuts would continue to rid the market of excess supplies.

Geopolitical tension in the Middle East and concerns about supply disruptions in key oil-producing nations have also added to the bullish environment.

But a rise in U.S. drilling for new production marked one of the few factors tamping back crude in an otherwise positive sentiment.

In other energy trading, were flat at $2.093 a gallon, while was steady at $2.128 a gallon.

shed 0.3% to $2.804 per million British thermal units.

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Source: Investing.com

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