News ID: 232611
Published: 1224 GMT October 11, 2018

Oil extends losses as markets fall, inventories climb

Oil extends losses as markets fall, inventories climb

Oil prices slumped to two-week lows on Thursday as global stock markets fell, with investor sentiment made more bearish by an industry report showing US crude inventories rising more than expected.

Brent crude LCOc1 fell $1.95 a barrel to a low of $81.14, its weakest since Sept. 26, before recovering a little to trade around $ 81.60. Brent lost 2.2 percent on Wednesday. On Oct. 3, it hit a four-year high of $86.74, according to

US light crude CLc1 dropped $1.54 to $71.63 but then recovered to around $72.00. The contract lost 2.4 percent in the previous session.

Share markets in Asia plunged to a 19-month low on Thursday after Wall Street’s worst losses in eight months led to broader risk aversion, a rise in market volatility gauges and concerns over over-valued stock markets in an environment of rapidly rising dollar yields.

OPEC cut its forecast of global demand growth for oil next year for a third straight month on Thursday, citing headwinds facing the broader economy from trade disputes and volatile emerging markets.

US crude stockpiles rose more than expected last week, while gasoline inventories increased and distillate stocks drew, the American Petroleum Institute said on Wednesday.

Crude inventories climbed by 9.7 million barrels in the week to Oct. 5 to 410.7 million, compared with analyst expectations for an increase of 2.6 million barrels. 

The US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is due to release official government inventory data on Thursday at 11 a.m. EDT.

In the US Gulf of Mexico, producers have cut daily oil production by roughly 42 percent due to Hurricane Michael, the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said. The cuts represent 718,877 barrels per day of oil production.

While production has been cut because of the hurricane, “downtime is expected to be brief and Gulf of Mexico output now accounts for a comparatively small portion of total US production”, Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, said in a note to clients.

US oil output is expected to rise to 1.39 million bpd to a record 10.74 million bpd, the EIA said in its monthly forecast on Wednesday.

Goldman Sachs says US shale oil production can continue to increase by 1 million bpd every year until 2021, according to a new report by the investment bank.

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