Consumption of heating oil is expected to surge as a winter storm swept across the northeastern US, said reports. According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), about 25 percent of households in the US northeast use heating oil to warm their homes.

The EIA is scheduled to release its weekly inventory data on Thursday. China's credit growth increased in January, which also helped to lift crude prices.
 
 On the US economic front, the general business conditions index in New York region fell eight points in February, but remained positive at 4.5, according to the Empire State Manufacturing Survey released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.    
Moreover, US builder’s confidence in the market for newly-built, single-family homes dropped to 46 in February from 56 in January, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index released on Tuesday.

The association blamed unusually severe weather conditions for the worse than expected readings. Light, sweet crude for March delivery rose to 2.13 USD and settled at 102.43 USD a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery gained 1.38 USD to close at 110.46 USD a barrel.

(Agencies)

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