Breaking News Bar
updated: 3/13/2013 7:47 AM

Oil up for 5th day as traders await U.S. supply data

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

BANGKOK -- Oil prices rose for a fifth straight trading session Wednesday despite expectations a report on weekly U.S. crude stocks will show ample inventories.

Benchmark oil for April delivery was up 31 cents to $92.85 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contact rose 48 cents to finish at $92.54 per barrel on the Nymex on Tuesday.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

The Energy Information Administration's supply report will be out later Wednesday. Last week it said the nation's supply of crude was 10.3 percent above year-earlier levels. And U.S. oil production, at more than 7 million barrels a day, is at the highest level since the late 1990s.

Data for the week ending March 8 is expected to show an increase of 2.3 million barrels in crude oil stocks and a drawdown of 1.5 million barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.

Also on Wednesday, the U.S. government releases its latest monthly tally for retail sales. Analysts estimate that retail sales rose slightly in February.

"Housing is the one sector of the economy that seems to be faring well and one would have expected to see this reflected in the retail sales data," analysts at DBS Bank Ltd. in Singapore said in a market commentary.

Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was down 11 cents to $109.54 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:

-- Wholesale gasoline rose 2.4 cents to $3.162 a gallon.

-- Heating oil rose 0.4 cents to $3.047 a gallon.

-- Natural gas dropped 1.6 cents to $3.629 per 1,000 cubic feet.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.