Tokyo - Oil prices declined in Asia on Friday as a midweek rally dissipated with no relief in sight to a global crude oversupply, analysts said.
Prices surged on Wednesday driven by bargain-hunting and a below-forecast rise in US commercial crude inventories, but concerns over the supply glut soon resurfaced as output levels remain elevated.
At around 02h45 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was down 23 cents at $45.83 and Brent crude was trading eight cents lower at $48.72 a barrel.
“Crude oil (is) set to end October in the red, which will make it seven out of 10 months this year, as the global supply glut is showing no sign of abating,” Bernard Aw, market strategist at IG Markets Singapore, told AFP.
“US stockpiles continued to increase, with data from the US Department of Energy indicating that oil inventories remained more than 100 million barrels above the five-year seasonal average,” he said.