U.S. crude and fuel inventories tightened further last week, as supplies of gasoline hit a two-year low and inventories at the largest U.S. commercial storage hub dropped to a three-year low, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Wednesday. Crude inventories (USOILC=ECI) fell by 431,000 barrels in the week to Oct. 15 to 426.5 million barrels, compared with analysts’ expectations in a Reuters poll for a 1.9 million-barrel rise. Crude stocks at the Cushing, Oklahoma, delivery hub (USOICC=ECI) fell by 2.3 million barrels to 31.2 million barrels. That’s the lowest level since October 2018, and points to tightness in the market that may take some time to alleviate. “It makes no economic sense to keep excess inventories at Cushing when you can sell it in the prompt […]