Oil Prices Lower on Stronger Dollar and Supply Concerns

Brent crude was trading at $56.86 a barrel, up 5 cents, having touched an intra-day high of $57.13.

The West Texas Intermediate for March Delivery erased 0.84 dollars to settle at 52.17 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery decreased 0.67 dollars to close at 55.05 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange. However, Societe Generale oil analyst Michael Wittner said US shale output was rebounding faster than expected as more rigs drilled better and more efficient wells more quickly. USA crude was 10 cents lower at $52.91 after closing down 82 cents on Monday.

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The US export to Europe is considered to be effective with the premium of $1.5 a barrel in favor of European market.

Crude oil futures were lower Tuesday morning ahead of data that may show USA inventories continued to rise last week.

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Gasoline stockpiles rose by nearly 21 million barrels in the first 27 days of 2017, compared with an average increase of less than 12 million barrels at the same time of year during the previous decade, according to official inventory data, implying either stalling demand or ongoing oversupply.

Futures slipped 0.7 per cent after retreating 1.5 per cent yesterday. These companies' trading divisions thrived in 2015 and 2016 by taking advantage of an unusually strong contango - where contracts for future delivery trade higher than spot prices-that made it profitable to store oil. Oil is priced in dollars and it becomes more expensive for holders of other currencies as the greenback appreciates. BP's annual underlying replacement cost, its definition of net profit, slumped to its lowest level in at least a decade to $2.59bn, while fourth-quarter profit of $400mn missed analysts' forecasts by around 30% primarily due to $328mn in one-off charges.

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Iraq's semi-independent Kurds paid worldwide oil companies for the second time in as many weeks, settling dues for crude the producers sold in November and chipping away at a backlog of payments.