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Oil Prices Rise Exponentially as the U.S Fuel Inventory Dips 

Oil Prices surged to $75 a barrel ahead of an industry report expected to show U.S. crude inventories fell more than expected. That brings the focus back to a rigid supply and need balance rather than rising coronavirus infections.

U.S. crude stocks fell 4.7 million barrels, two market sources citing American Petroleum Institute figures said, more than analysts forecast. Official U.S. Energy Information Administration inventory figures are out at 1430 GMT. Stephen Brennock of broker PVM noted that this price catalyst might inject some much-needed momentum into proceedings, especially after the API set a bullish tone.

Brent crude rose 57 cents, or 0.8%, to $75.05 a barrel at 0950 GMT, after posting on Tuesday its first decline in six days. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude advanced 79 cents, or 1.1%, to $72.44.Oil Prices rose 45% this year, helped by demand recovery and supply curbs by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies, known as OPEC+.OPEC+ agreed to increase supply by 400,000 barrels per day from August, unwinding more of last year’s record supply cut, but this is seen as too low by some analysts given the rebound in demand expected this year. Naeem Aslam of online broker Avatrade said that the oil supply is likely to remain tight even with the production hikes set by OPEC+.

A rising number of coronavirus cases worldwide, despite vaccination programs, has limited the upside for oil and remains a concern. The EIA report from a U.S. Federal Reserve policy meeting due at 1800 GMT will also be in focus. The dollar was firmer ahead of the meeting, which tends to weigh on oil as it makes crude more expensive for other currency holders.

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