Confirming last night's 'surprise' API inventory drawdown, DOE reported a 2.1mm draw, following 2 weeks of significant builds. Crude production fell for the 6th week in a row to its lowest since Dec 2014. It appears some profit-taking algos are in place as a draw combined with lower production has been met with significant selling pressure in WTI.
Inventories down... (DOE 2.1mm draw is less than the 3.1mm API draw - so maybe that is why oil is sliding!!?)
and production down for 6th week in a row... note that this was driven by a 0.4% decline in Lower 48 production (while Alaska increased production 3.8%)
and the result... a selloff