Oil Inventories Fell by 6.1M Barrels Last Week: API By

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By Yasin Ebrahim – U.S. crude stockpiles fell by more than expected last week, amid a slow recovery of U.S. production following disruptions from Hurricane Ida.   

, the benchmark climbed to $70.84 a barrel on the news, after settling up $0.27 to $70.56 a barrel.

decreased by about 6.1 million barrels for the week ended Sept. 17. That compared with a draw of 5.4 million barrels reported by the API for the previous week. Economists were expecting a draw of about 2.4 million barrels.

About a fifth of crude production remains offline in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico nearly three weeks after Hurricane Ida made landfall in the Louisiana Gulf Coast.

The API also showed that gasoline inventories declined by about 432,000 last week, and distillate stocks slipped by about 2.7 million barrels.

The official government inventory report due Wednesday is expected to show weekly U.S. declined by about 2.4 million barrels last week.

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