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Oil Extends Advance as U.S. Supply Is Slow to Return After Ida By Bloomberg

© Bloomberg. An oil flare burns at the Royal Dutch Shell Norco Refinery during a power outage caused by Hurricane Ida in LaPlace, Louisiana, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 30, 2021. Hurricane Ida barreled into the Louisiana coast on Sunday, packing winds more powerful than Hurricane Katrina and a devastating storm surge that threatens to inundate New Orleans with mass flooding, power outages and destruction. Photographer: Luke Sharrett/Bloomberg

(Bloomberg) — Oil climbed above $70 a barrel after a run of three weekly gains as investors tracked the slow restoration of supplies in the Gulf of Mexico and the outlook for demand in the fourth quarter.

West Texas Intermediate added 0.6% in early Asian trading after rallying 2.3% on Friday, pushing the U.S. benchmark to a slight gain for the week. More than two weeks since Hurricane Ida slammed into the key producing region, almost half of crude output in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico has yet to be restarted, according to the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement.

The disruption caused by the storm was an “unusual bullish shock” for the market, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc (NYSE:). Ida was “unique” in having a net bullish impact on U.S. and global oil balances, spurring an estimated decline of 30 million barrels in inventories, the bank said in a Sept. 9 note.

Oil has pushed higher in recent weeks, paring a quarterly drop, as investors tallied the fallout from the powerful storm and the recovery in demand from the coronavirus pandemic. The commodity’s move higher has come even as the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies stick with a plan to steadily restore production that was shuttered last year.

Later on Monday, OPEC is scheduled to release its latest monthly assessment on worldwide supply and demand as inventories ebb. Nationwide crude stockpiles in the U.S. have declined to the lowest level since September 2019. 

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