Oil prices edged lower on Wednesday, as investors looked ahead to weekly data from the U.S. on stockpiles of crude and refined products.

Crude oil 3 year high as US crude inventories fell

Crude oil Hitting a 3 years high as US crude inventories fell

  • US crude inventories fell more than expected
  • geopolitical tensions weighed on overall
  • OPEC supply cuts agreed

 US crude inventories   – US crude rose to $63.4 a barrel and the Brent crude hit $69.3

Oil prices continued to rise on Wednesday after EIA data showed US crude inventories fell more than expected last week and as OPEC supply cuts agreed last year and geopolitical tensions weighted on overall sentiment.

 US crude inventories   - US crude rose to $63.4 a barrel and the Brent crude hit $69.3

US crude inventories

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The US crude rose to $63.4 a barrel and the Brent crude hit $69.3 a barrel. Historically, Crude oil reached an all time high of 145.31 in July of 2008 and a record low of 1.17 in February of 1946.


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