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23 September 2018

USA crude inventories fell 2.1 million barrels last week to 394.1 million barrels, the lowest level since February 2015, government data showed. However, U.S. production was rising again after drillers made huge cost cuts and bloated crude stockpiles threatened to depress prices for years to come. The commercial crude inventory is down about 3% compared with the five-year average for this time of year. Over the past four weeks, refinery inputs averaged 17.62 million barrels per day which was 14.7 percent higher than the same four-week period of previous year. This data showed that this interest grew by 45% since the beginning of this week, reaching about 54 million barrels of crude.

Refinery utilization is going down as the high demand season is over and the refineries start their seasonal maintenance projects.

"Spare capacity could fall below 1 percent of demand by year-end if Iranian exports fall below 1 million barrels per day, as now seems likely", Gammel said. Distillate fuel inventories increased 0.8 million barrels last week, 0.9 percent above the levels of the same week a year ago. For the same period, analysts expected crude inventories to decrease by about 2.7 million barrels. By late 2016, he had secured the cooperation of 10 other nations, most importantly Russian Federation, who agreed to remove 1.8 million barrels a day of supply from the market.

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Tuesday evening the American Petroleum Institute (API) reported that crude inventories increased by about 1.25 million barrels in the week ending September 14.

The Lone Star state no the U.S. has climbed up the rankings in terms of energy security because it w produces so much oil that it would be ranked third in the world on its own if it were a country, outstripping the likes of Iraq and Iran.

"BNP Paribas oil strategist Harry Tchilinguirian told Reuters Global Oil Forum: "$80-per-barrel Brent is a psychological level, and unsurprisingly, as we approach it, it gets sold into as some market participants take profit".

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US crude oil exports averaged 2.37 million barrels per day last week, up 539,000 barrels per day from the previous week.

The backdrop to all of this has been the meteoric, and largely surprising, emergence of the United States as an oil superpower, a development helped along by the incremental increase in prices.

The report said that Saudi Arabia wants oil to stay between United States dollars 70 and USD 80 a barrel for now, as the world's biggest crude exporter strikes a balance between maximizing revenue and keeping a lid on prices until US congressional elections.

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Prices dropped fractionally after the president's attack, with Brent crude falling.77 percent to $78.31 a barrel at 12:45 p.m., according to, which tracks global prices.

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