Oil Prices Advance Again

Oil & Gas

The West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent crude oil contracts edged upward for the third consecutive trading day.

The February WTI contract price settled at $48.40 per barrel Wednesday, reflecting a 40-cent gain. The U.S. benchmark peaked at $48.32 and bottomed out at $47.61 during the midweek session.

Also advancing Wednesday was Brent crude for March delivery, which added 40 cents to close at $51.63 per barrel.

Oil prices received a boost Wednesday from a bigger-than-anticipated draw in U.S. crude inventories as reported by the American Petroleum Institute (API). As Bloomberg reported earlier in the day, last week’s 4.79 million-barrel decrease in crude stocks could be the largest inventory drop since October. The news agency added that analysts it had surveyed were expecting a 35-percent smaller draw against what API reported.

The January reformulated gasoline (RBOB) contract price rose as well during the second-to-last day of 2020. RBOB gained more than two cents to end the trading day at $1.41 per gallon.

Among the energy commodities tracked by Rigzone, only Henry Hub natural gas futures finished lower Wednesday. The February gas contract price shed two cents to settle at $2.42.

To contact the author, email mveazey@rigzone.com.

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