US Weekly Petroleum Status Report

US crude stocks fell for the sixth consecutive week amid the ongoing rebound in product demand as the virus-related restrictions continue to be lifted. That said, if OPEC+ decide to gradually raise output from August (as we expect) and US import volumes pick up, stocks may stabilise in the coming months.
Caroline Bain Chief Commodities Economist
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