Weekly US ethanol production increased 42,000 barrels to 923,000, highest weekly rate since early September. Stocks decreased 19,000 barrels to 19.672 million. A Bloomberg poll looked for ethanol production to be up 14,000 and stocks down 42,000 barrels. Production is still well down from a year ago. September through October 2 ethanol production is averaging 7.4 percent the same period a year ago. Gasoline stocks fell 1.4 million barrels to 226.7 million. The ethanol blend rate fell to 90% from 90.4% previous week, lowest blend since Aug 14.
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