Oil rises for a second day as Saudi Arabia pushes supply cut
Brent futures rose 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $61.11 a barrel by 0218 GMT, after gaining 0.7% on Monday.
Oil prices rose for a second day on Tuesday as Saudi Arabia, the de facto OPEC leader and the world’s biggest oil exporter, is pushing producers to deepen a supply cut agreement when suppliers meet this week, potentially lowering supply in 2020. Brent futures rose 19 cents, or 0.3%, to $61.11 a barrel by 0218 GMT, after gaining 0.7% on Monday. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude was up by 21 cents, or 0.4%, at $56.17 a barrel. The contract rose 1.4% on Monday.
OPEC ministers will meet in Vienna on Thursday and the wider OPEC+ group will gather on Friday. Concerns about the inability of the United States and China, the world’s two biggest oil users, to come to a preliminary agreement to resolve their 17-month trade dispute also weighed on oil prices, along with discouraging U.S. economic data.
A senior adviser to President Donald Trump said on Monday a U.S.-China trade deal was still possible before the end of the year, adding that the first phase of the agreement was being put to paper, but the talks have been dragging on for weeks now.
U.S. factory activity contracted in November, while Trump’s unexpected announcement of plans to reimpose tariffs on steel and aluminium from Argentina and Brazil is also a dampener on prices.