October heating oil was under pressure from outside market forces overnight, as sharply lower equity markets in Asia and Europe put pressure on the energy complex as a whole. Still, the heating oil/distillate end of the complex appears to be holding up better than crude oil, perhaps because the market is in a stocks-building phase ahead of the heating season, which is keeping a fundamental underpin to prices. This week's EIA data showed distillate stocks rising more than expected, with a build of 2.449 million barrels, but again, that is not too concerning to the market because one would expect them to be increasing at this time of year anyway. Average total distillate demand for the past four weeks was up 5.80% compared to last year. EIA heating oil stocks rose 651,000 barrels and are 11.219 million barrels below last year.