Crude oil prices slipped ahead of the Asian open on Wednesday after mixed industry estimates on U.S. weekly inventories.
ICE Brent was quoted down 0.40 percent to US$84.64 a barrel, while NYMEX West Texas Intermediate eased 0.07 percent to US$75.18 a barrel. Brent settled down 0.21 percent to US$84.80 a barrel, while WTI slid 0.09 percent to US$75.23 a barrel on Tuesday.
U.S. crude stocks rose 907,000 barrels last week, compared to an expected gain of 2 million barrels. Stocks at the oil storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, rose 2 million barrels, the American Petroleum Institute said on Tuesday.
Gasoline stocks fell 1.7 million barrels, compared with an expected 1.3 million-barrel gain and distillates fell 1.2 million barrels, compared with an expected 1.3 million-barrel drop.
The U.S. Energy Information Administration will release official weekly data at 10:30 U.S. EDT on Wednesday.