Oil futures trimmed gains Friday after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, in its monthly report, slightly lowered its outlook for global oil-demand growth this year. OPEC said it now expects oil demand to grow by 1.1 million barrels a day in 2019, down 40,000 barrels a day from its July forecast.
OPEC left its 2020 demand forecast unchanged at 1.14 million barrels a day. OPEC also cut its supply-growth forecast, calling for non-OPEC supplies to grow 1.97 million barrels a day this year, down 72,000 barrels a day from its July forecast. For 2020, non-OPEC supply is forecast to grow 2.39 million barrels a day, down 50,000 barrels from the July outlook.
West Texas Intermediate crude for September delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 35 cents, or 0.6%, at $54.83 a barrel, while October Brent crude was 50 cents higher at $58.73 a barrel, up 0.9%.