• Tony Zelinski

EIA's Weekly Crude Inventory Report 10-13-16


WTI crude oil futures gave back some of the light gains that were seen ahead of the inventory as crude inventories added more to storage than was expected. Meanwhile, both distillate and gasoline stocks saw larger-than-expected decreases as refiners unexpectedly pulled back on output.

*Important Disclaimer: Beginning with today’s inventory report, the EIA will no longer include crude oil lease stocks in U.S. total commercial crude oil inventory data. Crude oil lease stocks refer to oil (currently about 31 million barrels) that is stored in tanks at sites across the United States where producers are drilling on leased land. Lease stocks are not yet available for commercial use, and in many cases, operators do not count them as production until the oil is transferred off the lease.

HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Crude build of 4.85 million bbls.

  • US production declined by -17k b/d with lower 48 dropping -36k b/d.

  • Analyst expect to see crude imports drop steadily till year-end.

See previous crude oil reports ( here).

SUMMARY:

  • U.S. crude oil refinery inputs averaged about 15.6 million barrels per day during the week ending October 7, 2016, 480,000 barrels per day less than the previous week’s average. Refineries operated at 85.5% of their operable capacity last week. Gasoline production decreased last week, averaging over 9.9 million barrels per day. Distillate fuel production decreased last week, averaging 4.5 million barrels per day.

  • U.S. crude oil imports averaged about 7.9 million barrels per day last week, up by 151,000 barrels per day from the previous week. Over the last four weeks, crude oil imports averaged over 7.9 million barrels per day, 8.9% above the same four-week period last year. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 762,000 barrels per day. Distillate fuel imports averaged 95,000 barrels per day last week.

  • U.S. commercial crude oil inventories (excluding those in the Strategic Petroleum Reserve) increased by 4.9 million barrels from the previous week. At 474.0 million barrels, U.S. crude oil inventories are at historically high levels for this time of year. Total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 1.9 million barrels last week, but are above the upper limit of the average range. Both finished gasoline inventories and blending components inventories decreased last week. Distillate fuel inventories decreased by 3.7 million barrels last week but are above the upper limit of the average range for this time of year. Propane/propylene inventories fell 0.1 million barrels last week but are above the upper limit of the average range. Total commercial petroleum inventories decreased by 5.1 million barrels last week.

  • Total products supplied over the last four-week period averaged 20.0 million barrels per day, up by 2.4% from the same period last year. Over the last four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged 9.3 million barrels per day, up by 2.3% from the same period last year. Distillate fuel product supplied averaged over 3.8 million barrels per day over the last four weeks, down by 3.5% from the same period last year. Jet fuel product supplied is up 9.1% compared to the same four-week period last year.

Complete report ( here )

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