23 Nov Oil prices rise to near $90/bbl on U.S. crude stock drop
Oil prices rose on Wednesday as data showing a larger-than-expected U.S. crude drawdown last week outweighed concerns about lower demand from China.
Brent crude futures rose $1.03, or 1.17%, to $89.39 a barrel at 0941 GMT, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 86 cents, or 1.06%, to $81.81 a barrel.
U.S. crude inventories fell by about 4.8 million barrels for the week ended Nov. 18, data from the American Petroleum Institute showed, according to market sources.
Analysts polled by Reuters on average had expected a 1.1 million barrel drawdown in crude inventories.
Prices continued to see support from denials by key OPEC producers including Saudi Arabia that the group and its allies, together called OPEC+, were not considering boosting oil output. OPEC+ next meets on Dec. 4.
Uncertainty over how Russia will respond to plans by the Group of Seven (G7) nations to cap Russian oil prices also provided some support to the market.
The price cap is due to be announced soon, a senior U.S. Treasury official said on Tuesday, adding that it will probably be adjusted a few times a year.
These bearish factors have offset demand concerns relating to top crude oil importer China, which has been grappling with a surge in COVID cases.
Also adding pressure was an OECD economic outlook that sees a deceleration in global economic expansion next year.