MTECHTIPS:-NYMEX crude falls in Asia after API data shows solid build
Crude oil prices fell in Asia on Wednesday after U.S. industry group data showed a solid build last week, including for refined products. The American Petroleum Institute said that U.S. crude stocks jumped 1.875 million barrels last week, while distillates rose 263,000 barrels and gasoline supplies gained 334,000 barrels. Later Wednesday, the U.S.Department of Energy will release its more closely-watched figures. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, WTI crude for August delivery eased 0.09% to $58.11 a barrel. News the Greece had formally missed a debt payment to the IF was accompanied by a request for an extension. The International Monetary Fund issued the following release on Wednesday in Asia regarding Greece’s missed June 30 payment to the Fund. Mr. Gerry Rice, Director of Communications at the International Monetary Fund (IMF), made the following statement today regarding Greece’s financial obligations to the IMF due today: “I confirm that the SDR 1.2 billion repayment (about €1.5 billion) due by Greece to the IMF today has not been received. We have informed our Executive Board that Greece is now in arrears and can only receive IMF financing once the arrears are cleared. “I can also confirm that the IMF received a request today from the Greek authorities for an extension of Greece’s repayment obligation that fell due today, which will go to the IMF’s Executive Board in due course.” Overnight, crude futures surged on Tuesday ending a five-session losing streak, as Iran and a group of western powers extended a deadline for a comprehensive nuclear deal beyond the upcoming Fourth of July holiday this weekend. In spite of Tuesday’s gains, WTI crude still finished June down slightly after opening the month above $60 a barrel. The sell-off erased nearly all of the gains from May when WTI crude rose considerably by 1.64%. WTI crude has been in a holding pattern between $57 and $63 a barrel since the end of April when it skyrocketed more than 23%. Crude futures rose more than 3% in February, before moving lower in March when they fell to a yearly-low at around $44 a barrel.