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Oil inches up on solid demand outlook as market awaits fresh cues

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Oil prices edged up on Wednesday after a drop in US crude inventories reinforced OPEC's robust demand outlook, while the market awaited fresh updates on the Colonial Pipeline outage.

Oil inches up on solid demand outlook as market awaits fresh cues
Oil prices edged up on Wednesday after a drop in US crude inventories reinforced OPEC's robust demand outlook, while the market awaited fresh updates on the Colonial Pipeline outage.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 11 cents, or 0.17 percent, to $65.39 a barrel at 0534 GMT, adding to a 36 cent rise on Tuesday.
Brent crude futures climbed 5 cents, or 0.07 percent to $68.60 a barrel, adding to a 23 cent gain on Tuesday.
Data from the American Petroleum Institute industry group showed US crude oil stocks fell by 2.5 million barrels in the week to May 7, according to two market sources.
The drop was slightly less than expected. Eight analysts polled by Reuters had estimated, on average, that crude stocks fell by 2.8 million barrels.
The drawdown came before the Colonial Pipeline was hit by a cyberattack last Friday which forced the pipeline, which transports more than 2.5 million barrels a day of fuel, to shut down. The operator said it hopes to restart a large portion of the network by the end of the week.
In the meantime, the market remained on edge, as gasoline stations from Florida to Virginia began running out of fuel on Tuesday as drivers rushed to top up their tanks and pump prices rocketed.
"While a prolonged outage would be supportive for refined product prices, it could start to weigh on crude oil prices, if refiners on the US Gulf Coast are forced to reduce run rates due to a build-up of refined product inventories in PADD3," ING analysts wrote in a Wednesday note.
US unleaded gasoline prices hit an average $2.99 a gallon, the highest since November 2014, the American Automobile Association said.
Oil prices were also supported by the latest outlook from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), which stuck to a forecast for a strong recovery in world oil demand in 2021 with growth in China and the United States outweighing the impact of the coronavirus crisis in India.
OPEC said it expects demand to rise by 5.95 million bpd this year, unchanged from its forecast last month. However, it cut its demand outlook for the second quarter by 300,000 bpd due to soaring COVID-19 infections in India.
"India is currently facing severe COVID-19-related challenges and will therefore face a negative impact on its recovery in the second quarter, but it is expected to continue improving its momentum again in the second half of 2021," OPEC said in its monthly report.

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Eicher Motors2,673.75 -67.30 -2.46
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