Crude oil futures fell in early Asian trade on Wednesday after U.S. inventories showed a weekly buildup that far exceeded analyst expectations.
The American Petroleum Institute (API) said late on Tuesday that U.S. crude oil stockpiles rose by 4.6 million barrels to 457.8 million barrels in the week to Sept. 25. Analysts polled by Reuters had expected an increase of only 102,000 barrels. .
Front-month U.S. crude had dropped 49 cents, more than 1 percent, to 44.74 a barrel by 0012 GMT (2012 EDT). The contract settled Tuesday’s trade at $45.23 a barrel, up 80 cents, or 1.8 percent, on the day.
Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, fell 37 cents to $47.86 a barrel. On Tuesday, the contract rose 89 cents, or 1.9 percent, to $48.23.
The U.S. government’s Energy Information Administration (EIA) will issue official weekly inventory data on Wednesday.
About Alfonso Esparza
Senior Currency Strategist, OANDA, Alfonso Esparza specializes in macro forex strategies for North American and major currency pairs. Upon joining OANDA in 2007, he established the MarketPulseFX blog and he has since written extensively about central banks and global economic and political trends. Alfonso has also worked as a professional currency trader focused on North America and emerging markets. He holds a finance degree from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education (ITESM) and an MBA with a specialization on financial engineering and marketing from the University of Toronto. Follow on Twitterand on his Google+ profile.