Nov 22 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose slightly in early Asian trade on Tuesday, a day after Saudi Arabia denied a media report that it was discussing an increase in oil supply with OPEC and its allies.
Brent crude futures rose 17 cents, or 0.2%, to USD87.62 by 0007 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures for January began trading Tuesday, rising 7 cents, or 0.1%, to USD80.11 a barrel.
Both benchmarks had plunged by more than USD5 a barrel in the previous session after the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)an increase of up to 500,000 barrels per day will be considered at the OPEC+ meeting on Dec. 4.
Prices rebounded quickly in full after Saudi Arabian energy minister Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman said the kingdom is sticking with output cuts and not discussing a potential oil output increase with other OPEC oil producers, state news agency SPA, denying the WSJ report.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies (OPEC+) recently cut production targets and the energy minister of de facto leader Saudi Arabia was quoted this month as saying the group willon oil production because of uncertainty about the global economy.
The front-month Brent crude futures spread narrowed sharply last week, while WTI flipped into contango, reflecting easing supply concerns.
Rising COVID-19 cases in China capped market gains as the country battles outbreaks nationwide that are nearing April peaks.
(Reporting by Laura Sanicola; Editing by Jamie Freed)
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