Oil prices rose on Thursday after record Chinese crude imports eased concerns that a slowdown in the world's No.2 economy could stoke an emerging fuel glut.
However, oil markets were held back somewhat after the United States became the world's top crude producer as its output hit record levels.
Front-month Brent crude oil futures were at $72.20 a barrel at 0717 GMT, up 13 cents, or 0.2 percent, from their last close.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $61.83 per barrel, up 16 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their previous settlement.
China's October crude imports surged 32 percent from a year earlier to 40.80 million tonnes, or 9.61 million barrels per day (bpd), data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Thursday, climbing from 9.05 million bpd in September. The previous daily record of 9.6 million bpd was touched in April 2018.
Source : Reuters