Crude oil futures climbed on Thursday, arresting a two-session losing streak, as industry spending cuts and a weaker dollar spurred buying. U.S. March crude futures closed up $2.37, or 4.9 percent, at $51.21 a barrel, after falling more than 2 percent in the previous session.
March Brent futures were up $2 at nearly $57 a barrel, following a 3 percent loss in the previous session that saw prices break below $54 at one point.
The chief executive of Shell said Thursday supply might not be able to keep up with growing demand after oil companies slashed budgets following a near-halving of oil prices since June.
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