U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day in 2016. The country’s crude oil production is forecast to average 9 million barrels per day in 2017 and 9.5 million barrels per day in 2018, the country’s Energy Information Administration said in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the dollar edged up against most major currencies on Tuesday, bolstered by technical buying.
A stronger dollar makes greenback-dominated commodities like crude oil more expensive to holders of other currencies.
The West Texas Intermediate for March Delivery erased 0.84 dollars to settle at 52.17 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery decreased 0.67 dollars to close at 55.05 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange.