Oil rises as supply worries offset demand concernswritten by Bella Palmer
Brent crude rose 50 cents, or 0.5%, to $94.50 a barrel, while WTI crude increased 52 cents, or 0.6%, to $88.30 a barrel
Oil prices rose in volatile trade on Tuesday as worries about tight fuel supplies ahead of winter offset investor concerns about lower demand in China, the world's biggest crude importer, and further increases in U.S. and European interest rates.
Brent crude had risen 50 cents, or 0.5%, to $94.50 a barrel by 0644 GMT, while WTI crude increased by 52 cents, or 0.6%, to $88.30 a barrel. Both contracts fell by more than $1 earlier in the session.
Worries over tighter inventories continue to support prices.
In the United States, the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) fell 8.4 million barrels to 434.1 million barrels in the week ended Sept. 9, the lowest since October 1984, according to data released on Monday by the Department of Energy.
U.S. President Joe Biden in March set a plan to release 1 million barrels per day over six months from the SPR to tackle high U.S. fuel prices, which have contributed to inflation.
U.S. commercial oil stocks are expected to have fallen for five weeks in a row, dropping by around 200,000 barrels in the week to Sept. 9, a preliminary Reuters poll showed on Monday.
The American Petroleum Institute (API), an industry group, will issue its inventory report at 2030 GMT on Tuesday. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reports at 1430 GMT on Wednesday.
We remain constructive on oil prices despite intensifying headwinds to demand, as the supply side remains supportive with slower-than-expected U.S. output growth and a proactive OPEC+, Amarpreet Singh, an energy analyst at Barclays, wrote a note.
Capping gains on oil prices on Tuesday were renewed concerns about lower global fuel demand, as China, the world's second-largest oil consumer, continues to impose COVID-19 curbs.
The number of trips taken over China's three-day Mid-Autumn Festival holiday shrank, with tourism revenue also falling, official data showed, as strict COVID-19 rules discouraged people from travelling.
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