The Energy Information Administration (EIA) released its weekly report today on the status of petroleum inventories in the United States. Here are some highlights: CRUDE OIL INVENTORIES: Crude oil inventories increased by 5.9 million barrels (MMbbl) to a total of 445.6 MMbbl. At 445.6 MMbbl, inventories are 1362 MMbbl above last year (3.2%) and are 0% below the five-year average for this time of year. Inventories in Cushing, OK, the NYMEX delivery point, fell 0.1 million barrels to a total of 34.4 million barrels. The Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) rose 1 million barrels (0.3%) from the prior week and stands at 347.8 million barrels, 25.1% below the year ago level.