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US oil prices hit their highest levels since mid-2015 on the last trading day of the year as an unexpected fall in American production, as well as a fall in commercial crude inventories, stoked buying.

February WTI crude oil futures (DWT)(SCO) contracts rose 0.8% to $60.3 per barrel at 12:45 AM EST on December 29, 2017-the highest level since June 2015.

Federal Reserve Bank insists oil must exceed $60 for a boost in US drilling.

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Dubai and Oman crude oil prices are respectively $61.84 and $61.90 per barrel, indicating an upswing of 63 and 57 cents.

WTI has recovered to more than $60 a barrel of late.

A Reuters monthly poll showed analysts expect Brent crude to stay close to $60 in 2018.

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Countering those cutbacks, United States oil production has soared more than 16% since mid-2016 and is approaching 10 million bpd, trailing only OPEC kingpin Saudi Arabia and Russian Federation.

In worldwide markets, Brent crude oil futures also rose, supported by ongoing supply cuts by top producers OPEC and Russian Federation as well as strong demand from China.

Based on total expected quotas, China's imports-which at around 8.5 million bpd are already the world's biggest-are expected to hit another record in 2018 as new refining capacity is brought on stream and Beijing allows more independent refiners to import crude.

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There are also expectations in the market that OPEC's next meeting on November 30 will agree to extend cuts beyond the current expiry date in March 2018. While gains were driven by glut-shrinking output cuts by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies including Russian Federation, geopolitical tensions in the Middle East as well as pipeline disruptions from the North Sea to Canada and Libya have also helped. China-bound exports averaged 180,000 barrels a day from January to September, about 14 times the year-earlier level. Meanwhile, Brent is set to continue rising amid a weekslong shutdown of a key pipeline network in the North Sea, according to S&P Global Platts.


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