$1 a barrel tumble by crude oil prices

Growing U.S. oil inventories sent crude oil prices sliding by a dollar a barrel in Wednesday’s trading. Investors fear the growing crude inventory could result in less demand for oil in the nation.

West Texas Intermediate, the US benchmark, dropped $1.23 or 1.6% to settle at $76.64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

China to Refill Oil Reserves Following 2023 Drawdown

China’s onshore oil inventories have fallen, signaling a potential increase in international market purchases.
Beijing’s oil consumption and reserve levels are key to global price trajectories, with moderate restocking expected due to economic struggles.
While China’s crude imports reached a record high in 2023, its strategic reserve replenishment in 2024 is expected to be cautious and focused on refinery use