August West Texas Intermediate unrefined CLQ8, +1.34% the United States standard, added 86 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $73.80 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, recovering part of Thursday’s 1.6% decrease. International benchmark September Brent unrefined LCOU8, -0.13% nevertheless, shed 28 cents, or 0.4%, to $77.11 a barrel on the ICE Futures Europe exchange. For the week, WTI oil shed 0.5%, while Brent saw a weekly slide of 2.7%, according to FactSet data. The moves follow 2 successive weeks of gains for both agreements.
Data from the Energy Information Administration on Thursday revealed that U.S. unrefined stockpiles increased by 1.2 million barrels for the week ended June 29. Experts surveyed by S&P Global Platts had actually anticipated a fall of 4.5 million barrels. The figures marked the first boost since the week ended June 1. Contributing even more to expectations of greater products, Baker Hughes BHGE, +1.26% on Friday reported that the variety of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil increased by 5 to 863 today. That climb followed 2 weeks of decreases in a row.