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API - Total petroleum deliveries moved up by 1.2 percent from the prior year to nearly 19.3 million barrels per day in January 2017. These were the highest January deliveries in nine years, since 2008.
The overall economy in the U.S. showed gains in January, adding 227,000 jobs according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The U.S. unemployment rate was little changed at 4.8 percent in January.
Gasoline deliveries in January were down from the prior year and the prior month. Total motor gasoline deliveries, a measure of consumer gasoline demand, decreased 2.6 percent from January 2016, to average 8.4 million barrels per day– the lowest demand in 36 months.
"2017 is off to a solid start. Consumers continued to save at the pump as gasoline prices remained steadily low and the economy grew, expanding for the 92nd consecutive month," said Chief Economist, Erica Bowman.
Crude oil production increased 1.0 percent from December 2016, but was down by 2.5 percent from January 2016 to average almost 9.0 million barrels per day in January 2017. This was the third highest January since 1986. Natural gas liquids (NGL) production, a co-product of natural gas production, was up from both the prior month and prior year. NGL production in January averaged 3.5 million barrels per day, up 1.9 percent from last month and was 6.6 percent higher than last year. This was the highest January output level on record.
U.S. total petroleum imports in January averaged 10.7 million barrels per day, up 6.3 percent from the prior month and up 9.7 percent from the prior year. Crude oil imports in January were at their highest level since September 2012. Crude oil imports increased by 8.2 percent from January 2016, to 8.3 million barrels per day in January 2017.
Crude oil stocks ended in January at 499.5 million barrels– the highest January inventory level in 87 years, since 1930. Crude stocks were up 3.4 percent from the prior month, and were up 6.6 percent from the prior year. Total inventories of all oils were up 4.3 percent from year ago levels, and up 3.1 percent from month ago levels.
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GAZPROM - The parties discussed relevant issues related to bilateral cooperation, including the Baltic LNG project. Emphasis was placed on the priority measures aimed at developing a joint design concept (pre-FEED).
BHGE - U.S. Rig Count is up 11 rigs from last week to 1,063, with oil rigs up 8 to 869, gas rigs up 4 to 193, and miscellaneous rigs down 1 to 1. Canada Rig Count is up 13 rigs from last week to 195, with oil rigs up 8 to 127 and gas rigs up 5 to 68.
REUTERS - Brent crude futures had risen $1.02 cents, or 1.3 percent, to $81.28 a barrel by 0637 GMT. The contract dropped 3.4 percent on Thursday following sharp falls in equity markets and indications that supply concerns have been overblown. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 80 cents, or 1.1 percent, at $71.77 a barrel, after a 3 percent fall in the previous session. WTI is on track for a 3.5 percent drop this week.
EIA - Brent crude oil spot prices averaged $79 per barrel (b) in September, up $6/b from August. EIA expects Brent spot prices will average $74/b in 2018 and $75/b in 2019. EIA expects West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices will average about $6/b lower than Brent prices in 2018 and in 2019.