Oil Tumbles; Large Gasoline Build Trumps US Crude Draw


NEW YORK, Sept 23 (Reuters) - Global oil markets tumbled on Wednesday, with U.S. crude futures settling down 4 percent after bullish impact from lower crude inventories was offset by large gasoline builds that raised concerns about high autumn fuel supplies.

Also weighing on crude were Colonial Pipeline's efforts to fix an outage on one of its lines that had been supporting prices of gasoline, and the larger oil complex, since Tuesday.

Brent, the global benchmark for oil, settled down $1.33, or 2.7 percent, at $47.75 a barrel.

U.S. crude slumped $1.88, or 4.1 percent, to settle at $44.48.

Gasoline finished down 2 percent after hitting two-week highs earlier in the day.

Crude prices had initially rallied 2 percent, with Brent briefly peaking above $50, after the U.S. government reported a drawdown of about 2 million barrels for a second week in a row.

"The crude numbers were not a big surprise in any way," said Tariq Zahir of Tyche Capital Advisors in Laurel Hollow, New York.


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