blood and oil review Why? That does not stop Mr Draghi from warning that inflation is still being affected by a sluggish wage growth, which is now much slower than the "post-recession recovery". In the week ended Dec. 15, U.S. crude stocks fell 520 barrels to 438.7 million barrels, the API said, with analysts predicting a decrease of 3518,000 barrels. Cushing's crude inventories rose by 70,000 barrels. The report also supports the government's plan to cut its annual budget deficit this year.