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Oil rises as OPEC sees strong demand next year

Oil futures rose towards $48 a barrel on Monday as OPEC said it expected global demand to remain strong next year, while weak Chinese trade…

Oil futures rose towards $48 a barrel on Monday as OPEC said it expected global demand to remain strong next year, while weak Chinese trade data and concerns over rising supplies weighed.
A weaker dollar further supported oil, with Brent crude for December delivery up 53 cents at $47.95 a barrel by 0645 ET, after falling more than 4 per cent last week.
December U.S. crude gained 36 cents to $44.65 a barrel, after falling nearly five per cent last week.
Abdullah al-Badri, Secretary-General of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, said he expects that the oil market will become more balanced in 2016 as demand continues to grow.
“We see global oil demand maintaining its recent healthy growth. We see less non-OPEC supply. And we see an increase in the demand for OPEC crude,” he said in a speech published on the organization’s website on Monday.
Global oil demand growth is set to reach a five-year high in 2015 at 1.8 million barrels per day, but is expected to slow down in 2016, the International Energy Agency said last month.
OPEC will meet on Dec. 4 to discuss the cartel’s strategy after last year it opted to maintain its output steady in the face of lower prices and rising U.S. shale production.
The halving of oil prices since June 2014 continued to exert pressure on U.S. oil producers that cut oil rigs for a tenth week in a row last week.
Hamza Khan, commodities analyst at ING Bank in the Netherlands, said any upside for oil is limited as oil producers around the world struggle to sell a surplus.
“It will be very difficult to see upside traction before the meeting in case OPEC announce they will maintain production at current levels,” he said.
“Any movements without fundamental support will be limited, specially on the upside.”
The dollar eased by about 0.27 percent versus a basket of currencies after hitting a near seven-month high on Friday following strong U.S. jobs data that increased the likelihood of a rate increase by the Federal Reserve.     Reuters

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