Oil Prices Fall As US Increases Inflation Rate

The price of oil decreased on Wednesday on the back of the increase in the United States’ interest rate, OduNews reports.

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Oil Prices Fall As US Increases Inflation Rate

Brent futures fell 54 cents or 0.6 per cent to $90.08 a barrel, while the US Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 71 cents or 0.9 per cent to $83.23 per barrel.

The US Fed raised its target interest rate by three-quarters of a percentage point to a range of 3.00-3.25 per cent and signalled more big increases ahead, causing to tumble.

In its quest to bring down inflation running near its highest levels since the early 1980s, the US central took its federal funds rate up to the range, which is the highest it has been since early 2008, following the third consecutive 0.75 percentage point move.

The increases started in March and from the point of near-zero mark the most aggressive US Fed tightening since it started using the overnight fund rate as its principal policy tool in 1990. The only comparison was in 1994 when the Fed hiked a total of 2.25 percentage points; it would begin cutting rates by July of the following year.

Along with the massive rate increases, Fed officials signalled to continue to hike until the funds level hits a “terminal rate,” or end point of 4.6 per cent in 2023. That implies a quarter-point rate hike next year but no decreases.

This was worsened as the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported a inventory build of 1.1 million barrels for the week to September 16.

For the previous week, the EIA had estimated an inventory build of a considerable 8.8 million barrels. A day before this week’s EIA report, the American Petroleum Institute (API) estimated a stock build of just over 1 million barrels, with builds estimated in fuels.

The EIA reported a build of 1.6 million barrels for gasoline (petrol) inventories, estimating production at some 9.5 million barrels per day last week. This is compared with an inventory draw of 1.8 million barrels for the previous week and a production rate of 9.5 million barrels per day.

The market will also be looking at the new turn in the Russian aggression in Ukraine as President Vladimir Putin reportedly rallied 300,000 reservists to fight in Ukraine and backed a plan to annex parts of the country, hinting he was prepared to use nuclear weapons.

US has accused Russia of making “reckless” and “irresponsible” threats to use nuclear weapons.

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