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Oil Prices Inch Up as OPEC Edges Closer to Agreeing on Meeting Date

19/06/2019 05:04:39 Commodities
Oil prices edged up on Wednesday in Asia following reports that OPEC and its allies are close to agreeing on a date for their next meeting.U.S. Crude Oil WTI Futures gained 0.3% to $54.28 by 12:57 AM ET (04:57 GMT). International Brent Oil Futures rose 0.2% to $62.23.Citing Venezuela’s oil minister, Bloomberg said the OPEC+ group would likely meet in Vienna on July 1-2 to discuss production policy for the latter half of this year.Meanwhile, reports that China and the U.S. would resume trade talks after a stalemate were also cited as supportive for the oil markets.In a tweet overnight, U.S. President Donald Trump said he would meet China’s Xi Jinping at the G-20 summit next week, adding that he had a “very good” phone conversation with Xi.His tweets boosted investor sentiment, as some were skeptical if the two leaders would meet this month.Looking ahead, traders’ attention will turn to the weekly crude inventories report from the government's Energy Information Administration, which is due later in the day.