Crude oil prices started the week on the back foot on Monday, but remained close to their best levels in months amid optimism that the crude market was well on its way towards rebalancing. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures shed 11 cents, or around 0.2%, to $51.56 a barrel by 3:20AM ET (0720GMT), remaining within sight of a five-month high reached last week. WTI prices gained around 2% last week to notch their fourth-straight weekly climb. It ended September with an increase of roughly 9.5% and saw quarterly rise of about 12%. Click Read More below for more of the story.
Oil bulls pushed prices higher again on Tuesday, finding encouragement in signs of tightening supplies and fading worries over global economic growth.
The optimism has spread through investment banks, with many bumping up their price predictions for 2019, according to a Wall Street Journal poll.
Futures prices have climbed this year on signs of reduced global supplies after efforts by major oil producers to curb production. Members of OPEC and other major oil producers, including Russia, have pledged to curb crude production by around 1.2 million barrels a day from October levels for the first half of this year to prop up prices.
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