Oil falls on lackluster US summer gasoline demand
Brent LCoc1 crude prices for September fell 43 cents to settle at US$106.92 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 for August fell $1.96 to settle at $102.26 a barrel. The WTI contract expires on Wednesday. The more active September WTI contract CLc2 settled at $99.88 a barrel, down 86 cents.新2查账网址（www.hg108.vip）提供新2网址和新2最新网址,包括新2手机网址,新2备用网址,皇冠最新网址,新2足球网址,皇冠新2网址,新2管理网址,新2网址大全,hg0088.com,hga038.com,同时开放新2信用平台查账功能.
NEW YORK: Oil prices slipped on Wednesday, after U.S. government data showed lower gasoline demand during the peak summer driving season and as interest rate hikes by central banks to fight inflation fed fears the economy could slow, cutting energy demand.
Prices pared losses during the session after TC Energy TRP.TO said the Keystone pipeline, one of Canada's major oil export arteries, was operating at reduced rates for a third day. Repairs continued on a third-party power facility in South Dakota, prompting concerns about tighter supplies.
Brent LCoc1 crude prices for September fell 43 cents to settle at US$106.92 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 for August fell $1.96 to settle at $102.26 a barrel. The WTI contract expires on Wednesday.
The more active September WTI contract CLc2 settled at $99.88 a barrel, down 86 cents.
U.S. gasoline inventories USOILG=ECI rose 3.5 million barrels last week, government data showed, far exceeding analysts' forecasts in a Reuters poll for a 71,000-barrel rise. EIA/S
Product supplied of gasoline - a proxy for demand - was about 8.5 million barrels per day, or about 7.6% lower than the same time a year ago, the data showed.
"The gasoline is the big concern here. You don't really want to be going backwards on gasoline in the middle of the summer," said Robert Yawger, executive director of energy futures at Mizuho.,
Americans were shocked in June as pump prices climbed to a record of over $5 per gallon.
U.S. crude inventories USOILC=ECI fell by 446,000 barrels last week, data showed, compared with analysts' expectations for a 1.4 million-barrel rise.
Oil prices have been extremely volatile, caught in a tug-of-war between supply fears caused by Western sanctions on Russia and worries that the fight against inflation could weaken the global economy and cut demand.
On Friday, open interest in New York Mercantile Exchange futures CL-TOT fell to its lowest since September 2015 as concerns that the Federal Reserve will keep raising U.S. interest rates led investors to cut exposure to risky assets.
Analysts expect oil supply tightness to keep supporting prices while U.S. shale oil production expands at a modest pace.
"With little room for OPEC+ to increase production, the oil market will struggle to balance out in the coming months, thereby propping up prices," said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM.
Limited supplies have kept Brent above $105 a barrel and prompt Brent inter-month spreads in wide backwardation at around 4.50 a barrel LCOc1-LCOc2. In a backwardated market, front-month prices are higher than those in future months.- Reuters