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 to 380.1 from 377.4 million barrels in the previous week. At 380.1 million barrels, inventories are 26.1 million barrels above last year (7.4%) and are above the upper limit of the average range.

Gasoline inventories increased by 4.1 million barrels to 210.0 million barrels. At 210 million barrels, inventories are down 3.4 million barrels, or 1.6% lower than last year. Here's how individual regions and their gasoline inventory fared last week: East Coast (+1.9mb); Midwest (+0.9mb); Gulf Coast (+1.7mb); 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 increased by 1.7 million barrels to a total of 125.2 million barrels. At 125.2 million barrels, inventories are now 17.5 percent lower than a year ago. Total distillate inventories stand 26.6 million barrels lower than their year ago level.

Refinery utilization edges higher to 93.0%, an increase of 1.0% vs. last week's numbers. Gasoline production decreased last week averaging 8.9 million barrels per day while distillate fuel production increased, averaging 4.8 million barrels per day.

Utilization rates for the last week were as follows: East Coast: 86.7%, Midwest: 96.0%, Gulf Coast: 93.7%, Rocky Mountain: 96.5%, West Coast: 88.8%. 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 27.5 million barrels (2.5%) over last year and stand at 1.1126 billion barrels (excluding the Strategic Petroleum Reserve).

The U.S. imported 1.0 million barrels per day of gasoline and 162,000bpd of distillate fuels. However, during the same time frame, the U.S. exported 343,000bpd of gasoline and 1.08mbpd of distillates. In total, U.S. refineries exported 2.8 million barrels per day of oil and products. (These are four week rolling averages.)