Oil rises more than one percent on OPEC-led supply cuts, trade talk hopes

New Delhi, Dec 12: Oil prices climbed by more than 1 percent on Wednesday, lifted by expectations that an OPEC-led supply cut announced last week for 2019 would stabilise markets as well as hopes that long-running Sino-American trade tensions could ease.
Disruptions to Libyan oil exports after local militia seized the country’s biggest oil field, El Sharara, were also buoying prices, traders said.
International Brent crude oil futures Were at $60.89 per barrel at 0212 GMT, up 69 cents, or 1.15 percent from their last close.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $52.25 per barrel, up 60 cents, or 1.2 percent.
The higher prices came amid a broader increase in Asian stock markets after U.S. President Donald Trump told Reuters in an interview that trade talks with China were taking place to defuse the trade disputes between the world’s two biggest economies.
Core to oil markets was a decision by the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and some non-OPEC producers including Russia last week to cut supply by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd).
“OPEC production curbs will stabilise the market,” ANZ bank said on Wednesday.