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Black Gold Falls Before Inventory Report

“West Texas Intermediate declined for a second day before a report forecast to show crude stockpiles increased last week in the U.S., the world’s biggest consumer of the commodity.

Futures declined as much as 0.7 percent in New York. U.S. crude inventories probably rose by550,000 barrels to 391.8 million last week, and U.S. gasoline supplies by 500,000 barrels to 219.3 million, according to a Bloomberg News survey before the report tomorrow from the Energy Information Administration. The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries will release monthly estimates of supply and demand today.

“Fundamentals are still skewed towards over-supply, though there are some minor clouds on the horizon,” Michael Poulsen, an analyst at Global Risk Management in Middelfart, Denmark.

WTI for July delivery fell by as much as 65 cents to $95.12 a barrel and was at $95.15 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange at 11:37 a.m. London time. The volume of all futures traded was 27 percent below the 100-day average. The contract settled at $95.77 yesterday, the lowest close since June 6.

Brent for July settlement decreased 91 cents to $103.04 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange. The European benchmark grade’s premium to WTI shrank to as little as $7.87 a barrel today, the narrowest gap since May 22….”

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