Despite the lift, analysts said that prices would likely remain at low levels as oil markets remain oversupplied with most estimates for 2015 ranging from production outpacing demand by 0.7-2.5 million barrels per day and many speculators have positioned themselves for further price falls.
               
Front month U.S. crude futures were trading at USD41.87 a barrel at 0032 GMT, up 14 cents from their last close and USD1.13 a barrel above last week's more than two month low.
               
"Oil prices are likely to remain volatile amid rising geopolitical tension post the Paris attack," ANZ bank said today, but added that, "The upside in prices is limited as Syria's oil output is less than 25,000 barrels a day, and the market is heavily oversupplied”.
               
Money managers cut their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions to the lowest in three months during the week to November 10, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said yesterday.
               
The speculator group cut its combined futures and options position in New York and London by 27,456 contracts to 127,351 during the period.
               
The cut in bets on higher rises has come in parallel to soaring amounts of contracts actively betting on a further fall in oil prices.

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