Futures added 1.4% in New York after sliding 3.8% last week. Inventories are declining and reductions will accelerate in the next three to four months, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said at a briefing in Kazakhstan with his Russian counterpart, Alexander Novak. Russia is committed to doing everything it can to balance the market, Novak said.
Oil is trading below $50/bbl amid speculation increased U.S. supplies will counter production curbs by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies, including non-member Russia. American drillers targeting crude added rigs for the 21st straight week, the longest run of gains in three decades, according to data Friday from Baker Hughes.
"The bigger picture remains one of still-elevated inventory levels and only limited progress in drawing down excess stocks,” said David Martin, an analyst at JPMorgan Chase & Co. in London.
WTI for July delivery rose $0.62 to $46.45/bbl on the NYME. Total volume traded was 21% above the 100-day average. Prices increased $0.19 to close at $45.83 on Friday, trimming the weekly decline to 3.8%.
Brent for August settlement climbed $0.60 to $48.75/bbl on ICE Futures Europe exchange. Prices lost 3.6% last week. Brent traded at a premium of $2.14 to August WTI.
Global crude inventories will settle at their five-year historical average -- OPEC’s target -- before the end of the year, Al-Falih said in Astana. Still, Saudi Arabia, the group’s biggest producer, may modify its policy if output cuts don’t have the desired effect, he said.
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