Singapore: Crude rose in Asia on Wednesday as bargain-hunting traders returned to the market following an overnight price slump sparked by the end of a Norwegian oil workers' strike, analysts said. (Agencies)
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for August delivery, gained 28 cents to USD 84.19 a barrel and Brent North Sea crude for delivery in August rose 28 cents to USD 98.25.
Crude markets, which had been "oversold" in late New York trade on Tuesday, were returning to a "more stable level", Justin Harper, market strategist for IG Markets Singapore said.
"It's a slight sort of bounce back because it got hit quite hard overnight."
Crude prices had slid more than USD 2.00 on both the New York and London indexes in late trade on Tuesday on news that the Norwegian government had stepped in to end a 16-day strike in Western Europe's largest oil and gas producer.
After the strike ended, Norwegian oil fields said they were ramping up output to compensate for the supply disruption, with state-owned giant Statoil, the company most affected by the strike, saying it expected normal output levels by week's end.
Looking ahead, Harper said weak demand from the US and China -- the world's largest oil and gas consumers respectively -- would place downside pressures on oil.
"If you're looking at the demand side, there's still grim outlook for US and China... I'm not very bullish on oil at the moment," he said.
The US was hit by dreary jobs numbers on Friday in yet another blow to its efforts to kickstart the economy, while data released on Tuesday showed China crude imports plunging to their lowest level since December.
Singapore: Crude rose in Asia on Wednesday as bargain-hunting traders returned to the market following an overnight price slump sparked by the end of a Norwegian oil workers' strike, analysts said.