Oil ETFs Break Down As Rising Production Pressures Market

Crude oil prices plunged Thursday to their lowest level since April, with oil-related exchange traded funds breaking below their long-term trend lines.

On Thursday, the United States Oil Fund (NYSEArca: USO), which tracks West Texas Intermediate crude oil futures, declined 2.4% and the United States Brent Oil Fund (NYSEArca: BNO), which tracks Brent crude oil futures, decreased 2.8%.

USO broke below its long-term trend line at the 200-day simple moving average while BNO was testing its long-term support.

Meanwhile, WTI crude oil futures were 2.7% lower to $63.5 per barrel and Brent crude was down 3.1% to $72.8 per barrel.

Weighing on crude prices, the Energy Information Administration revealed that U.S. oil stockpiles rose a sixth consecutive week by 3.2 million barrels to 426 million, its highest level since June, the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Further exacerbating the selling, the EIA published monthly production that showed August output jumped by 2.1 million barrels per day year-over-year to a record 1.3 million barrels per day.

“U.S. oil production in August far exceeded expectations, potentially indicating a more than adequately supplied market,” according to Simmons & Co.