Larger Rise in Stockpiles Than Forecasts Weigh on Oil Prices

Higher Nigerian output offset losses elsewhere. The agreement helped bolster crude prices by more than 50 percent in the second half of a year ago. According to a recent study by the EIA, under certain scenarios, total USA crude oil production could surpass 14M b/d by 2050.

The EIA will also release its monthly report on crude supply, which analysts expect to include substantial upward revisions to US oil output. Instead, OPEC is making overtures to President Putin, in the hope that co-operation with Russian Federation will be a geopolitical lever on the United States, but this seems unlikely to work.

Market participants were expecting a build in United States oil stocks of around 2.1 million barrels, according to an S&P Global Platts preview of the EIA oil stocks data.

OIl prices as of 11:59 a.m.

The United States overtook Saudi Arabia, the world's top crude oil exporter, late past year. "Compliance with output cuts by non-OPEC countries was 85 per cent".

On the demand side, Birol said the IEA expected growth of around 1.4 million bpd in 2018. For 2018, the more positive global economic picture published by the International Monetary Fund is a key factor in raising our growth outlook to 1.4 mb/d.

'Rising global oil demand will be driven mainly by emerging markets, with non-OECD consumption rising by an average of 2.8 percent per year in 2018-19, which would be the fastest rate since 2013, ' the Economist Intelligence Unit's Birch said. It's not out of the question to see a US production record for oil soon. Why?

Therefore the crude oil price appears likely to remain within a trading range for the next month or so with-in the high of $67 and a low of $58.

NEW YORK, Feb 28 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell more than 1 percent on Wednesday and gasoline futures tumbled, after the US government said crude inventories rose more than expected while gasoline stocks posted a big build instead of the draw that was forecast.

'Prices will likely be more volatile in 2018 than 2017, driven by whipsawing sentiment around the pace of US growth'.

Between 2000 and 2014, the country's oil and gas production witnessed consecutive demand.

Also, according to the February OMR, OECD commercial stocks fell in December by 55.6 mb, the steepest drop since February 2011, to reach 2851 mb. Meanwhile, Cushing stockpiles fell by 1.28 million barrels.

The IEA noted that, "After reaching an all-time high in 4Q17, global refining throughput is expected to slow by 0.4 mb/d in 1Q18 to 81.1 mb/d due to seasonal maintenance, primarily in the U.S. and Middle East".

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