WTI (oil futures on NYMEX) stalled its minor correction from three-month tops of 56.73 in Asia and from there the bulls regained poise, now driving the rates back towards the YTD highs.
The black gold is seen extending the bounce from just ahead of the 56 handle, despite mild risk-off action in the European markets, as the sentiment around oil remains underpinned by the increased hopes of the US-China trade resolution heading into a fresh round of US-China trade talks this week.
Meanwhile, collaborating to the upbeat tone in the barrel of WTI are the expectations of tighter oil markets led by the OPEC output cuts, which are already underway. Further, the US sanctions against petroleum exporters Iran and Venezuela also continue to offer support to the oil bulls.
The immediate focus now remains on the US weekly crude supplies data due on the cards later today at 2130 GMT as markets await the outcome of the US-Sino trade talks for the next direction on the prices.