Oil rose above 62 dollars a barrel on Thursday after China hinted at progress toward a trade deal with the United States, raising hopes for an end to a long dispute that has weighed on economic growth and fuel demand.
China and the United States have agreed in the past two weeks to cancel tariffs in different phases, the Chinese commerce ministry said on Thursday without giving a timeline.
The trade dispute has prompted analysts to lower forecasts for oil demand and raised concerns that a supply glut could develop in 2020.
Oil fell on Wednesday, partly because of worries that a U.S.-China trade deal might be delayed.
“Today we start with a different set of headlines that they came to some agreement on the framework. That is definitely what is supporting prices,” said Olivier Jakob, oil analyst at Petromatrix.
Brent crude LCOc1, the global benchmark, rose 62 cents to 62.36 dollars by 1101 GMT after settling down 1.22 dollar on Wednesday. West Texas Intermediate crude CLc1 climbed 66 cents to 57.01 dollars.
Beijing’s comments boosted market sentiment, which had also been ruffled by Wednesday’s U.S. government supply report showing crude inventories rose last week by 7.9 million barrels, much more than expected by analysts.
Brent has rallied 15 per cent in 2019, supported by a deal between the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Counties (OPEC) and allies such as Russia to limit supplies until March next year.
The producers meet on December 5-6 in Vienna to review the policy.
Meanwhile, OPEC Secretary-General, Mohammad Barkindo said this week he was more optimistic about the outlook for 2020 because of developments on trade disputes, appearing to downplay any need to cut output more deeply.