Crude Oil price ended flat yesterday after Fed Meeting Minutes signaled slower growth than previously expected. Crude Oil traded higher above $78 before NY trading session only later to pare its gains after disappointing U.S. Retail Sales, declining further after the Fed published its monthly minutes.

Crude Oil prices have risen sharply since last Tuesday from $71.46, currently trading at $77.25. Having little effect on price, Crude Oil stockpiles decreased by 5.1 Million barrels according to the weekly EIA report published yesterday. Distillate stocks rose by 2.9 million barrels, analysts expected, on average a rise of 800K barrels.

Crude Oil prices may decline further in the short term if economic figures continue to deteriorate. Investors are worried about a possible double dip, or a renewed recession. The Fed at this stage will not take steps to accelerate the economy.