Crude-oil futures were slightly lower in Asian trading hours Thursday as oil prices continue to fluctuate this week on uncertainty over post-winter U.S. oil demand and supply issues in the Middle East. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, light, sweet crude futures for delivery in April traded at $102.29 a barrel at 0615 GMT, down $0.30 in the Globex electronic session. April Brent crude on London’s ICE Futures exchange fell $0.28 to $109.24 a barrel. Overall crude stockpiles in the U.S. grew for the sixth week in a row but the rise was less than expected, while supplies at the Nymex delivery point of Cushing declined for a fourth-straight week. “The other surprise was the first build in distillate inventories since the third of January, against forecasts of a further draw,” ANZ Research said in a note. “The rise likely signals the start of a seasonal […]