The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States today.
Here are some highlights:
Crude oil inventories decreased by 11.1 million barrels to a total of 359.9 million barrels. At 359.9 million barrels, inventories are 30.3 million barrels above last year (9.2%) and are above the upper limit of the average range.
Gasoline inventories increased by 2.6 million barrels to 225.7 million barrels. At 225.7 million barrels, inventories are up 5.5 million barrels, or 2.5% higher than last year. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+0.9mb); Midwest (+1.9mb); Gulf Coast (-1.0mb); Rockies (-0.1mb); and West Coast (+0.9mb). It is important to note which regions saw increases/decreases as this information likely drives prices up (in the case of falling inventories), or down (in the case of rising inventories).
DISTILLATE (diesel, heating oil) INVENTORIES:
Distillate inventories increased by 4.6 million barrels to a total of 124.0 million barrels. At 124.0 million barrels, inventories are now 13.7% lower than a year ago. Total distillate inventories stand 19.6 million barrels lower than their year ago level.
Refinery utilization increased to 90.4%, up 0.1% vs. last week's numbers. Gasoline production decreased last week averaging over 8.9 million barrels per day while distillate fuel production showed a nominal decrease, averaging 4.9 million barrels per day.
Utilization rates for the last week were as follows: East Coast: 80.9%, Midwest: 91.5%, Gulf Coast: 94.3%, Rocky Mountain: 96.9%, West Coast: 80.7%. These percentages show how much of a region's overall capacity were used to refine oil. It is important to note these percentages, because the lower the utilization percent, the lower output, which has a direct impact on local gasoline prices. If refiners in your region have low output, your more likely to see prices rise.
Total oil stocks in the United States are up 45.2 million barrels (4.3%) over last year and stand at 1.0895 billion barrels (excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve).
The U.S. imported 7.05 million barrels of crude oil per day last week, down by 0.9 mb vs. the previous week. Total motor gasoline imports (including both finished gasoline and gasoline blending components) last week averaged 602,000bpd. The U.S. also imported 214,000bpd of distillate fuels. However, during the same time frame, the U.S. exported 462,000bpd of gasoline and 1.0mbpd of distillates. In total, U.S. refineries exported 2.94 million barrels per day of oil and products.