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Mar WTI crude oil this morning is down -2 cents (-0.04%) and Mar gasoline is up +0.0059 (+0.43%). Mar crude oil and Mar gasoline on Wednesday settled mixed: CLH5 -1.78 (-3.85%), RBH5 -0.0006 (-0.04%). Bearish factors that sent Mar crude down to a 5-3/4 year low included (1) the +8.87 million bbl surge in weekly EIA crude inventories to 406.7 million bbl, twice as much as expectations of +4.0 million bbl and the highest since 1931, (2) the +2.09 million bbl increase in crude supplies at Cushing, OK, delivery point of WTI futures, to an 11-1/2 month high of 38.9 million bbl, and (3) the +0.3% w/w increase in U.S. crude production in the week ended Jan 23 to 9.213 million bpd, the highest in over 40 years. Gasoline prices recovered from their worst levels after weekly EIA gasoline inventories unexpectedly fell -2.6 million bbl versus expectations for a +500,000 bbl increase.