U.S. fuel stockpiles puncture optimism on demand

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U.S. fuel stockpiles puncture optimism on demand

- Oil edged lower in Asia as the rising U.S. fuel stockpiled stocks punctured the optimism on demand that drove crude to the highest since 2018 this week.

The futures in New York fell after Wednesday went to lower by $70.72 per barrel. American gasoline stocks increased the most since April 2020 last week as refiners left the country awash in fuel in an effort to increase output over summer to meet an expected surge in use. The bearish average of demand ticked for the first time in a month, adding to the rolling sentiment.

Stocks of refined distillates - a category that also includes diesel - are likely to derail the overall market recovery, which has been underpinned by a robust rebound in demand from China to Europe. A Covid Resurgence in Asia has stunted the global recovery, although there are signs of improvement in the region.

The collapse of the Chinese crude stockpiles gave a hint of optimism to the otherwise bearish public data on Wednesday. Inventories were slashed in Washington last week from more than 5 million barrels, according to the Energy Information Administration, more than the median forecast in a Bloomberg Survey.

The market has continued to bullish structure in a firm structure. The inverse time of Brent was 47 cents a barrel on Wednesday - where early contracts are more expensive than near-dated ones. That compares to 38 cents at the start of the week.

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