Oil prices rose on Friday, supported by expectations of more OPEC production cuts despite the International Energy Agency (IEA) reporting demand growth at its lowest level since the financial crisis of 2008.
Brent crude futures LCOc1 were up 89 cents at $58.27 a barrel by 1057 GMT. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) CLc1 futures were at $53.33 per barrel, up 79 cents.
“Despite a further cut in oil demand growth by the IEA, oil prices are trading marginally higher, as the demand growth cut was already announced previously by the head of the IEA and the agency still expects larger inventory draws for 2H19,” UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo said.
The IEA said global oil demand in the first half of 2019 grew at its slowest pace since 2008 hurt by mounting signs of an economic slowdown and a ramping up of the U.S.-China trade war.
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