The Energy Information Administration released its weekly report on the condition of petroleum inventories in the United States today.

Here are some highlights:

Crude oil inventories increased by 7.1 million barrels to a total of 353.4 million barrels. At 353.4 million barrels, inventories are 2.3 million barrels below last year (-0.7%) and are in the upper limit of the average range.

Gasoline inventories decreased by 3.5 million barrels to 223.4 million barrels. At 223.4 million barrels, inventories are up 6.3 million barrels, or 2.9% more than last year. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (-1.8mb); Midwest (-1.0mb); Gulf Coast (-1.3mb); Rockies (+0.1mb); and West Coast (+0.4mb). 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 decreased by 0.7 million barrels to a total of 135.9 million barrels. At 135.9 million barrels, inventories are now 11.4% lower than a year ago. Total distillate inventories stand 17.5 million barrels lower than their year ago level.

Refinery utilization slipped to 84.5%, a rise of 2.3% vs. last week's numbers. Gasoline production decreased slightly last week averaging 8.8 million barrels per day while distillate fuel production increased, averaging 4.3 million barrels per day.

Utilization rates for the last week were as follows: East Coast: 77.9%, Midwest: 90.0%, Gulf Coast: 87.0%, Rocky Mountain: 91.8%, West Coast: 71.2%. 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 19.3 million barrels (1.9%) over last year and stand at 1.0615 billion barrels (excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve).

The U.S. imported 632,000 barrels per day of gasoline and 174,000bpd of distillate fuels. However, during the same time frame, the U.S. exported 616,000bpd of gasoline and 956,000bpd of distillates. In total, U.S. refineries exported 2.7 million barrels per DAY of oil and products! (These are four week rolling averages)