Oil prices are mixed in early morning trading after strong across the board gains on Tuesday. Last night’s API oil inventory report showed builds in crude oil and gasoline with distillate fuel declining on the back of a cold weather reporting week.
Crude oil futures are struggling to stay in positive territory after mixed API and EIA inventory reports. With crude oil builds likely to come across the month of January, the market is once again discounting most of the API draw in crude oil.
With total U.S. crude oil and refined product inventories already lower by more than 33 million barrels since the middle of October, if crude oil enters into a strong destocking pattern as evidenced by the API report, the current oil price rally is likely to extend further.
The oil market is getting foggier as the American Petroleum Institute reported 12.4 million barrels drawdown in supply. The market seemed to sense what was coming as the market rallied into the number and exploded afterwards. Yet this shocker caused a massive rally.