1116 GMT April 21, 2021
Brent crude futures for June rose by 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $62.9 a barrel by 0657 GMT while US West Texas Intermediate crude for May was up 14 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $59.47, according to Reuters.
“Optimism on the global economic outlook boosted sentiment in the crude oil market,” analysts from ANZ bank wrote in a note on Wednesday.
Prices were buoyed as data on Tuesday showed US job openings rose to a two-year high in February while hiring picked up. This followed earlier data showing improvement in the services sectors in the US and China.
The International Monetary Fund said on Tuesday unprecedented public spending to fight COVID-19 would push global growth to six percent this year, a rate unseen since the 1970s.
US crude oil stockpiles fell more than expected in the week ended April 2, while fuel inventories rose, according to three market sources, citing American Petroleum Institute (API) figures ahead of government data on Wednesday.
Oil production in the US is expected to fall by 270,000 barrels per day (bpd) in 2021 to 11.04 mbd, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said on Tuesday, a steeper decline than its previous monthly forecast for a drop of 160,000 bpd.
Iran and world powers held what they described as “constructive” talks on Tuesday and agreed to form working groups to discuss potentially reviving the 2015 nuclear deal that could lead to Washington lifting sanctions on Iran’s energy sector and increasing oil supply.
Oil prices dropped earlier this week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and allies, known as OPEC+, agreed to gradually ease oil output cuts from May.
“Crude prices seem poised to consolidate as energy traders need to see how exactly OPEC+ follows through with their plan to boost output, and if the EU will near virus immunity by the end of June,” said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.