February heating oil prices maintained a flat trade during the early morning hours as they consolidated the recent advance. It appeared that heating oil embraced prospects of increased demand created by the extreme cold temperatures throughout the Northeast, while it seemed to disregard a surprisingly large build in EIA inventories. EIA distillate stocks rose 2.652 million barrels, and they now stand at 4.358 million barrels above last year and 22.566 million above the five year average. Distillate imports came in at 368,000 barrels per day compared to 156,000 barrels per day the previous week. Average total distillate demand for the past four weeks was up 3.65% compared to last year. EIA heating oil stocks fell 801,000 barrels. They are now 2.379 million barrels above last year but 2.724 million below the five year average.