US oil prices extend gains as equities rise, but economic worries weigh

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Unrefined has been made up for lost time in more extensive budgetary market shortcoming as the U.S. government shutdown, higher U.S. financing costs and the U.S. - China exchange question startled speculators and exacerbated stresses over worldwide development.

The letter also states that countries will reduce production by 3.02% to meet the 1.2 million-barrel-per-day cut, up from the 2.5% agreed on during the meeting.

One reason for the relatively muted gains for Exxon stock and other energy names could be that crude oil prices extended losses after US stock markets closed at 1 p.m. ET on Christmas Eve. It came as equities had their first advance in five days, following assurance from the White House that Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell's job is secure.

Meanwhile, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said the market will be more stable in the first half of 2019, and signaled cooperation by OPEC and its allies in supporting the market.

"What's happening in the stock market is raising fears that the economy is grinding to a halt and thereby will basically kill any future oil demand", Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago, told Reuters. "Some of the selling was overdone".

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"But market confidence needs to be restored for oil price.that include an equity market rebound and/or a bigger production cut from major oil exporters", Yang said, referring to an OPEC-led agreement to lower output from next month.

The trade dispute between the United States and China and the prospect of a rapid rise in USA interest rates have brought global stocks down from this year's record highs and ignited concern that oil demand will be insufficient to soak up any excess supply. "The current bear market will likely continue for some time". "$50 is a psychological support level (for Brent)", Margaret Yang said.

The value of a WTI crude futures contract for February delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX) rose by $3.69, to $46.22 a barrel.

Funds have incurred heavy losses in the oil market this year, with the average commodity trading adviser fund, or CTA, down by 7.1pc on the year through mid-December, according to Credit Suisse data.

"If we do get a sustained overdue rally in the stock market then look for WTI and Brent crude oil to be underpinned by profit-taking and short-covering", James Hyerczyk, a senior analyst at FXEmpire.com, said in a report.

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