Oil Slips as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Rise, Eyes on U.S. Inflation Data


Oil prices fell on Wednesday ahead of a key U.S. report on inflation and after industry data showed U.S. crude inventories unexpectedly rose last week, signaling a potential hiccup in demand.

Brent crude futures fell 74 cents, to $95.57 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell as much as $1.13 to $89.37.

It was last down 88 cents, or 1%, at $89.62 a barrel.

The Consumer Price Index (CPI) report will be released on Wednesday. U.S. consumer prices are expected to have risen at a slower pace in July due to a sharp drop in the cost of gasoline, but that is not expected to stop the Federal Reserve from at least several more sharp interest rate hikes which could curb economic activity and fuel demand.

Meanwhile, U.S. crude stocks rose by about 2.2 million barrels for the week ended Aug. 5, according to market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures.

The European Union on Monday put forward a “final” text to revive the 2015 Iran nuclear deal which would boost Iran’s crude exports.

Adding to supplies, the operator of the giant Kashagan oilfield in Kazakhstan has started gradually restoring output after an emergency shutdown last week caused by a gas leak. The Kashagan oilfield produces about 300,000 barrels per day.

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