WTI Falls After Unexpected Crude & Gasoline Inventory Builds; Biggest Imports In 6 Years

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Jun 12, 2024 - 02:39 PM

Oil prices extended gains this morning following the cooler than expected CPI (supporting rate cuts and potential demand) following API's reported crude draw overnight.

“This week’s big recovery has weakened the bears’ hold on the market, although more price action is needed to confirm a bottom,” said Fawad Razaqzada, a market analyst at City Index and

“But it is possible we could see crude oil prices come under pressure again after the recent recovery. The lower highs suggest the short-term path of least resistance is still downward, until told otherwise by the charts.”

Expectations were for a modest draw in crude from the official data.


  • Crude -2.4mm

  • Cushing -1.94mm

  • Gasoline -2.55mm

  • Distillates +972k


  • Crude +3.73mm

  • Cushing -1.59mm

  • Gasoline +2.57mm

  • Distillates +881k

The official data flipped the API data and showed a sizable crude inventory build last week (and gasoline build)...

Source: Bloomberg

The Biden admin added 339k barrels to the SPR (the lowest addition since early Dec 2023)

Source: Bloomberg

US crude production rose by 100k b/d back near record highs, even as the rig count continues to slide...

Source: Bloomberg

It looks like they flooded the market with imports - the largest in six years...

Source: Bloomberg

WTI tumbled on the surprise builds...

Along with OPEC+ plans to phase out voluntary output cuts after September, "we think this signals a cautious optimism from the organization when it comes to the trajectory of future supply/demand," says Rohan Reddy, director of research at Global X in emailed comments.

"The mid-$70s to low-$90s crude pricing we've seen in Brent over the past few quarters seems to be a range that OPEC is comfortable with, as the organization maintains its holding pattern," he adds.

Meanwhile, pump prices have fallen to three month lows as crude and gasoline prices have fallen...

But it's not helping Biden's poll numbers...