|2019-08-29 来源： 中国石化新闻网|
据分析人士援引美国石油学会(American Petroleum Institute)周二公布的数据称，截至8月23日的一周，美国原油库存下降了1,110万桶。
王佳晶 摘译自 普氏能源资讯
Crude oil futures higher on US stock data, geopolitical concerns
Crude oil futures were higher during mid-morning trade in Asia Wednesday amid bullish data on last week's US crude inventory, while ongoing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East also provided price support.
At 10:30 am in Singapore (0230 GMT), ICE Brent October futures were up 41 cents/b (0.69%) from Tuesday's settle at $59.91/b, while the front-month NYMEX October light sweet crude futures was 57 cents/b (1.04%) higher at $55.5/b.
According to analyst reports quoting data released by the American Petroleum Institute Tuesday, US crude stocks fell 11.1 million barrels in the week ended August 23.
The draw exceeded expectations -- analysts surveyed Monday by S&P Global Platts were looking for US crude stocks to have declined by 4.7 million barrels in the week -- and will likely remain bullish for crude futures, although traders will look to Wednesday's US Energy Information Administration data for confirmation, analysts said.
Supply side risks stemming from geopolitical tensions also caught market attention Wednesday, helping to keep prices supported, analysts said.
"Market focus returned to the oil market itself, with supply-side issues taking prominence," ANZ analysts said in a note.
Iran Tuesday threw cold water on the idea of a meeting with US President Donald Trump, reiterating that ongoing US sanctions must be lifted as a precondition to any nuclear talks -- a move US officials have repeatedly rejected.
"If you lift all the sanctions, bow respectfully to the Iranian nation, well then the conditions will be different," Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech. This came after Trump said Monday he would be willing to meet "if the circumstances were correct" and might extend a credit line secured by Iran's oil to help Tehran's beleaguered economy.
"Iran has all but ruled out a meeting with the US even though Trump said the US was exploring the idea of easing sanctions on the country, which probably provided a secondary boost for oil prices to eked out gains," OCBC Bank analysts said in a note Wednesday.
French President Emmanuel Macron has been leading efforts at the past week's G7 summit to forge a detente between Iran and the US, hosting Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif on Sunday in a surprise meeting on the sidelines of the G7 summit
"This [Iran's statement] quashed any hope of waivers on oil sanctions that the market has been hoping for," ANZ analysts said in a note.
As of 0230 GMT, the US Dollar Index was up 0.06% at 97.975.