US Crude Oil Stockpiles Rise Despite Cushing Draw, Record Fuel Demand

Cushing’s importance to the market has waned in recent years as producers send more inventories to the U.S. Gulf for export, but it is still notable as it is the delivery point for U.S. crude futures.


U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose unexpectedly last week, even as inventories at the key Cushing hub dropped to their lowest level since 2018, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Feb. 16.

Fuel stocks fell and demand surpassed the previous week’s record, with total product supplied over four weeks averaging 22.1 million bbl/d, according to the EIA. The U.S. economy has recovered rapidly from the coronavirus-induced recession, boosting demand for fuels.

Crude inventories rose by 1.1 million barrels in the week to Feb. 11 to 411.5 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.6 million-barrel drop.

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