Oil prices jump, shrug off equity slump and glut concerns | Reuters

Oil prices jump, shrug off equity slump and glut concerns
| Reuters

TOKYO Crude oil prices jumped as much as 2 percent in early Asian trade on Tuesday, shrugging off big drops in Japan's stock market and eroding some of the previous session's losses that were driven by festering concerns about global oversupply.

U.S. crude CLc1 was up 44 cents at $30.13 a barrel at 0103 GMT, after rising as far as $30.30. The contract fell nearly 4 percent on Monday, finishing at $29.69.

Global crude benchmark Brent LCOc1 was up 17 cents at $33.05 a barrel. It settled the previous session down $1.18 at $33.88.

Prices on Monday were hit by a drop in U.S. equity markets amid persistent fears about the global economic slowdown.

But on Tuesday, oil market traders seemed to ignore a 4-percent drop in Japan's Nikkei .N225. Many Asian markets are closed for Lunar New Year holidays, with oil trade volumes thin.

The U.S. dollar fell against the Japanese yen =JPY as sentiment towards most risk assets turned bearish amid concerns about banking stability.

A declining dollar makes oil prices cheaper because most trade is denominated in the greenback, potentially spurring demand.

Still, the glut in world oil markets is unlikely to abate soon, with a Reuters survey showing U.S. crude stocks likely rose by 3.9 million barrels in the week ended Feb. 5.

Industry group American Petroleum Institute on Tuesday releases its weekly inventory reports followed by official numbers from the U.S. government's Energy Information Administration on Wednesday.

There is also little sign of any coordination among big producers outside the United States after weekend talks between OPEC members Saudi Arabia and Venezuela on possible coordination yielded little.

That dims prospects of any initiative on curbing supply to boost prices including producers like Russia, analysts say.

"Hopes of a coordinated supply cut from OPEC and non-OPEC members continue to fade," ANZ said in a research note on Tuesday.

(This version of the story corrects typo in headline)

(Reporting by Aaron Sheldrick; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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Updated Date: Feb 09, 2016 07:30:13 IST

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