Oil Prices Fall Following U.S. Inventory Rise

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Oil prices rose today after Saudi Arabia " s oil cartel OPEC governor Adeeb Al-Aama said the kingdom " s crude exports will fall by about 100,000 barrels per day (bpd) in August, over-shadowing market pressure from a rising dollar and record high United States crude production.

Even higher US production is likely, Rystad Energy said.

OPEC+ increases. Saudi Arabia, which detests Iran, has already begun to violate limits imposed by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and pump oil to keep prices down.

With or without Trump's participation in Middle Eastern oil matters, Saudi Arabia looked ready to increase production, with days earlier reports showing that it was planning a record production level in July of 10.8 million bpd-Saudi Arabia's highest level-as it sought to raise exports in an effort to calm market fears that the market was overtightened.

Reuters revealed that these countries' compliance with oil output curbs has declined to around 120% in June from 147% in May, two sources familiar with the matter told the media on Wednesday.

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But today, Adeeb Al-Aama, Saudi Arabia's OPEC governor, said that the Kingdom's July crude oil exports would be similar to June's, and that August's exports would be 100,000 bpd below that.

The suspension also comes amid the prospect that transaction settlements will be made hard because such major banks as MUFJ Bank and Mizuho Bank are considering halting Iran-linked businesses following the USA decision to reinstate sanctions against Tehran. Paying heed to the United States warnings, Japan will slowly cease the oil imports from Iran. "With continued increases in drilling activity, the U.S.is poised for further production increases in natural gas and oil".

After pulling out from the Iran Nuclear Deal on May 8, the US President promised that not only will the US reimpose the old sanctions against Tehran but also a new series of sanctions will be stamped on Iran. China has indicated that it would not honor the USA sanctions. The U.S. rejected the request, an indication that Washington is going to give very little lee-way on sanctions.

Oil traded below $69 a barrel as investors tried to gauge demand growth in the world's biggest economy following conflicting data on USA stockpiles.

USA crude stocks rose by 5.8 million barrels last week, compared with a forecast of a decline of 3.6 million barrels. Nonetheless, the jump in crude inventories may suggest that USA production is able to keep up with strong demand. If the purchases of Iranian oil continue, the USA threatens to impose penalties on these companies.

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Speculation about a possible supply shortage contributed to oil's recovery.

Fuel prices were supported the last few weeks in large part because almost 700,000 bpd was shut down in Libya. If Iranian oil exports decline to 700,000 bpd or even fewer, its treasury would be swiftly depleted. As the winter approaches, the traditional season for heating oil demand, that could again help refining margins. This new mechanism for pricing oil remains outside the dollar's institutions, and so not so exposed to US pressure.

The news comes as the United States aims to position itself as an global oil and gas provider. The oil and gas rig count now stands at 1,052-up 100 from this time past year.

WTI's rise is based on the most temporary of circumstances, that USA inventories fell 1.8 million barrels, or 6.2 percent, through Tuesday, according to Genscape. The gains represent a rapid increase in output, as the data, if confirmed by monthly figures, puts the United States as the second largest producer of crude oil, just behind Russian Federation, which was producing 11.2 million bpd in early July.

The JCPOA allowed foreign money to flow into Iran in exchange for oil exports and other trade, but the Iranian people saw none of this. "We don't have any problem selling our oil [to China]". If these trends continue, the price of United States crude could yet fall further. Over the past four weeks, motor gasoline product supplied averaged 9.6 million barrels per day, down by 0.1 percent from a year ago. We suppose bunker prices will change irregular and will be rather volatile next week.

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That is rather unclear situation in global fuel market at the moment and it is rather hard to predict which driving force will prevail in the near future.

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