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Market MovementUS SPR drawdown not seen easing heating oil supply worriesWith the drawdown of crude oil stocks held in the US Strategic Petroleum Reserve well under way, the effects that the withdrawal plan have had on oil markets are becoming more apparent. Oil prices, in fact, retreated more than $5/bbl since Pres. Bill Clinton's announcement late last month to draw down 30 million bbl of the SPR stockpile (see related story, p. 46).But equally apparent is the infinitesimal likelihood that the SPR drawdown will do anything to resolve jitters over US Northeast heating oil supplies this winter.According to Poten & Partners, the drawdown from the SPR may be a short-term solution to sev...

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