Sunday, February 24, 2013
Information on global stocks comes as the abundant supply overseas increasingly worried investors. Fears, which increased Wednesday following the release of statistics showing an increase in the trend. According to the weekly report from the U.S. Department of Energy on oil reserves, U.S. crude oil inventories rose 1.1 million barrels in the week ended Feb. 22. Experts noting they are now at their highest since July to 377.5 million barrels. Situation was due to both less energy consumption than a sluggish increase in crude oil production of 14.6% in 2012 compared to the previous year in 2012, something that had not been observed since 1995. A context that could worsen in the absence of agreement on the U.S. budget obtained - in extremis - Congress on Friday. Such an outcome automatically opening the way for drastic cuts could lead the United States into recession. Means lower demand for crude.