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Oil headed for a fourth week weekly gain as production cuts and a nascent recovery in demand kept chipping away at the supply glut.
Futures in New York were steady near $34 a barrel on Friday and up around 15% for the week. U.S. drillers are in the process of curtailing 1.75 million barrels a day of existing production by early June, IHS Markit said. That’s on top of OPEC+’s agreement to curb almost 10 million barrels a day of output, which is being strictly adhered to after taking effect at the start of May.
The cuts are eroding the stockpiles built up amid coronavirus lockdowns and the price war, with inventories at the U.S. storage hub at Cushing, Oklahoma, shrinking by the most on record last week. Meanwhile, demand in China, the world’s biggest crude importer, is almost back to pre-virus levels, while economic activity is starting to recover in parts of Europe and North America.