Oil prices fell by more than 1 percent early on Friday, with U.S. crude futures dipping below $45 per barrel as news of a rise in U.S. production added to earlier reports that OPEC output was also on the rise.
Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were trading down 59 cents, or 1.2 percent, at $47.52 per barrel by 0226 GMT. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $44.94 per barrel, down 58 cents, or 1.3 percent.
U.S. crude inventories fell by 6.3 million barrels in the week to June 30, to 502.9 million barrels, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA).
Gasoline stocks fell by 3.7 million barrels, to 237.3 million barrels. The data suggested strong demand in the United States, but this was offset by a 1 percent rise in weekly U.S. oil production to 9.34 million barrels per day (bpd). Since mid-2016, that’s an increase of more than 10 percent.
The rising U.S. output comes as supplies from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) rose for a second month in a row in June, according to Thomson Reuters Oil Research, despite its pledge to hold back production between January this year and March 2018.