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Gulf Today Report
Oil prices advanced on Wednesday as investors remain hopeful of OPEC+ decision to delay the scheduled increase in oil output.
Brent crude futures for January rose 22 cents, or 0.5%, to $43.97 a barrel by 07:33 GMT, while US West Texas Intermediate crude for December climbed 6 cents, or 0.1%, to $41.49 a barrel.
Earlier in the session, both benchmarks fell following the American Petroleum Institute report on US crude stockpiles rising by 4.2 million barrels last week.
Saudi Arabia calls on OPEC+ to be meticulous in dealing with the oil markets as the demand for energy has decreased due to surging COVID-19 cases.
Hiroyuki Kikukawa, general manager of research at Nissan Securities said WTI might stay boxed into a range of $39 to $44 until a decision is made concerning holding off the increase in output.
OPEC+ is scheduled to hold a full ministerial meeting on Nov.30 and Dec.1.
OPEC+ members are considering delaying the increase in output that was scheduled for January.
Brent crude was down 37 cents, or 0.5%, at $67.63 a barrel by 05:35 GMT while US oil was also down 32 cents, or 0.5%, at $64.28 a barrel, having fallen 0.3% the previous session.
US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude fell 4 cents, or 0.07%, to $59.96 a barrel by 05:52 GMT while Brent crude was down 10 cents, or 0.16%, to $63.18 a barrel.
Brent crude was down 60 cents, or 0.9%, at $63.93 a barrel by 01:36 GMT while US oil was off by 68 cents, or 1.1%, at $60.74 a barrel.
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