Oil prices are trading flat again after barely moving yesterday. Crude is still hovering at multi-year highs, with diesel peaking up even higher this morning. WTI Crude is currently trading at $75.08, down 15 cents.
Fuel prices are trading lower this morning. Diesel prices are currently $2.4048, up 0.3 cents. Gasoline prices are $2.1182, shedding 0.9 cents.
The API released its weekly inventory data yesterday, showing a strong Cushing crude stock build but otherwise demonstrating a more bullish outlook than market expectations. Crude stock builds were under a million barrels, compared to a two million barrel build. As refineries go through maintenance season, crude remains in stocks while fuel inventories are drawn down.
Saudi Arabia has been the source of a good deal of market angst. On one hand, Trump is pushing Saudi Arabia to increase their production to offset Iranian supply losses, but to little avail. While Saudi Arabia and Russia did agree to increase production before the last OPEC meeting, the country has since noted that their customers are not ordering more fuel so they will not increase production. Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are in discussions over oil production in the Saudi-Kuwait neutral zone, though talks seem to have stalled due to Kuwait’s insistence that Chevron not operate in the area.
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