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US crude up on stock market gains

16 September 2015, News Wires –  US crude settled up more than 1% on Tuesday, buoyed by gains on Wall Street and higher petrol prices, while Brent oil advanced less ahead of the expiry of its front-month contract, narrowing the transatlantic spread to the lowest in eight months.

brent.oilAccording to wire service Reuters, US crude rallied almost through the day, rising 2% at one point on bets that weekly inventories of oil in the United States fell last week after four straight weeks of gains.

The market’s euphoria briefly snapped in the afternoon on news the White House would not back a bill by rival Republicans to repeal a 40-year-old ban on US crude exports. While the White House was never expected to support the bill, its decision still sent US crude prices temporarily into negative territory before a late rally in gasoline brought the market back up.

US crude’s front-month settled up 59 cents, or 1.3%, at $44.59 a barrel.

London-traded Brent, the global oil benchmark, settled up 26 cents at $46.63 a barrel as the October contract, which served as its front-month, expired. In Monday’s trade, Brent lost $1.77, or almost 4%.

US crude’s outperformance versus Brent narrowed the spread between the two benchmarks to an eight-month low, pushing it under $2 a barrel earlier on Tuesday.

The outlook for US crude improved after positive forecasts this week by the EIA, the International Energy Agency (IEA) and Opec.

In Tuesday’s session, players were also betting on positive US oil inventory data for last week after the estimate on Monday by market intelligence firm Genscape that stockpiles at the key US crude delivery point at Cushing, Oklahoma fell by 1.8 million barrels in the week to 4 September.

A preliminary Reuters poll indicated that US crude stockpiles likely remained flat last week, after four straight weeks of gains.

“The market remains oversupplied, but the pace of stock builds is moderating,” London-based Energy Aspects said in a report.


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