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Crude Oil Supplies Drop for 7th Straight Week

By Justin Loiseau – Jan 15, 2014 at 2:16PM

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Gasoline inventories head higher as distillates shrink slightly.

U.S. crude oil supplies dropped 7.7 million barrels (2.2%) for the week ending Jan. 10, according to an Energy Information Administration report (link opens a PDF) released today.

After dropping 2.2 million barrels the previous week, this latest report marks the largest decrease since December 6 and the seventh straight week of draws. Refinery operating capacity continued to stay strong at 90%. Overall inventories have shrunk 2.8% in the past 12 months. 


Gasoline inventories added on 6.2 million barrels (2.7%), the same amount as the week before. Demand for motor gasoline over the last four-week period is up a seasonally adjusted 2.7%. In the last year, supplies have decreased 0.8%. 

Over the past week, retail gasoline pump prices fell half a cent to a national average of $3.327 per gallon.


Distillates supplies, which include diesel and heating oil, shrunk 1.0 million barrels (0.8%) after expanding more than 5 million barrels for each of the previous two weeks. Distillates demand for the last four weeks is up a seasonally adjusted 5.4%. In the past year, distillates inventories have dropped 6.3%. 



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