The API late yesterday reported a 3M barrel build in domestic supplies, a number the EIA is expected to confirm in its own report at 10:30 ET.
WTI crude (USO) is off 1.9% to $96.48, the lowest price since late June. Brent crude (BNO) isn't off nearly as much and the spread between the two has widened to a 6-month high of about $12 per barrel.
Behind the stock build and lower U.S. prices could be refinery maintenance shutdowns. Fewer runs mean lower demand for crude, but also mean less product - gasoline and distillate supplies are both expected to print lower in the EIA report.
It seems like we can have higher stock prices or lower crude oil prices, but we can't have both. Crude continues a 6-week rally, moving to its highest price since spring at $94.24. The gasoline ETF: UGA +14.9% in the last month. Earlier, inventory data showed an unexpected draw on stocks.
Crude futures tumble 2.3% to $82.86. Natural gas (-0.9%) and gasoline (-1.3%) aren't looking too hot either. Disappointment from lack of Fed easing hints? Concerns over upcoming China data? Or just a general bearish sell-off?