Oil rises as International Energy Agency boosts demand forecast


Brent crude settled up US89 cents, or 2%, at $43.24 a barrel and U.S. oil settled up 93 cents, or 2.4%, at $40.55 a barrel.

NEW YORK: Oil prices climbed more than 2% on Friday after the International Energy Agency (IEA) bumped up its 2020 demand forecast but record-breaking new coronavirus cases in the United States tempered expectations for a fast recovery in fuel consumption.

Prices also found support after data showed U.S. energy firms cut the number of oil and natural gas rigs operating to a record low for a 10th week in a row.

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