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EIA’s report reveals smaller-than-forecast drop in U.S. crude oil inventories

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) revealed on Wednesday that crude inventories decreased by 0.679 million barrels in the week ended November 27. Economists had forecast a decline of 2.358 million barrels.

At the same time, gasoline stocks rose by 3.491 million barrels, while analysts had expected a gain of 2.386 million barrels. Distillate stocks advanced by 3.238 million barrels, while analysts had forecast a decrease of 0.209 million barrels.

Meanwhile, oil production in the U.S. grew by 100,000 barrels a day to 11.100 million barrels a day.

U.S. crude oil imports averaged 5.4 million barrels per day last week, up by 171,000 thousand barrels per day from the previous week.

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