The report from the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that total crude oil and petroleum products (ex. SPR) stocks dropped -1.59 mmb to 1286.81 mmb in the week ended October 11. Crude oil inventory jumped +9.28 mmb to 434.85 mmb (consensus: +2.88 mmb). Inventories increased in ALL PADDs. PADD 3 (Gulf Coast) alone saw +5.52 addition in stockpile. Cushing stock added +1.28 mmb to 42.95 mmb. Utilization rate slipped -2.6 percentage point to 83.1% while crude production steadied at 12.6M bpd for the week. Crude oil imports dropped -1.32M bpd to 6.3M bpd in the week. The market, generally with increased risk appetite amidst hopes that OPEC will extend output cut, and UK and EU will reach a Brexit deal, shrugged off the news. The front-month WTI crude oil futures gained for second consecutive day.Concerning refined oil product inventories, gasoline inventory dropped -2.56 mmb to 226.2 mmb although demand slipped -1.12% to 9.35M bpd. The market had anticipated a -1.21 mmb decrease in stockpile. Production rose +3.2% to 10.22 bpd while imports gained +1.4% to 0.65M bpd during the week.

Distillate inventory plunged -3.82 mmb to 123.5 mmb. Demand rose +8.18% to 4.37M bpd. The market had anticipated a -2.38 mmb decrease in inventory. Production fell -3.04% to 4.69M bpd while imports soared +114.13% to 0.2M bpd during the week.Released after market close on Wednesday, the industry-sponsored API estimated that crude oil inventory soared +10.5 mmb during the week. For refined oil products, gasoline stockpile drew -0.93 mmb while distillate fell -2.9 mmb.

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