Oil price gains eased on Wednesday after government data showed U.S. crude stocks plunged more than expected last week as imports declined and drillers continued to pump more.
Crude inventories fell by 7.6 million barrels in the last week, compared with analysts' expectations for an decrease of 2.9 million barrels.
Gasoline stocks fell by 1.6 million barrels, compared with analysts' expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.1 million barrels gain. Distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, rose by 3.1 million barrels, versus expectations for a 1.1 million barrels increase, the EIA data showed.
U.S. oil production ticked up by 59,000 barrels a day to nearly 9.4 million barrels a day.