SINGAPORE,(Pakistan Point News - 20th july,2016) - Oil prices rose on bargain-buying in Asia on Wednesday after hitting two-month lows but gains were hobbled by concerns about an oversupply and weak demand after the IMF lowered its global economic growth forecasts. Investors are playing a holding game ahead of the release later in the day of official US stockpile figures, which will provide a better handle on the outlook in the world's top oil consumer.
"For now, it looks like a battle between buyers and sellers to see who can get a better deal out of this," CMC Markets trader Alex Wijaya told AFP. Supply disruptions that lifted prices from near 13-year lows in February have eased and the situation in Turkey is stabilising after the weekend's failed coup attempt, turning attention back to the supply issue. At around 0645 GMT, US benchmark West Texas Intermediate rose six cents, or 0.06 percent, to $44.71 and Brent added 11 cents, or 0.24 percent, to $46.77. WTI fell three percent in the previous two days, while Brent lost two percent in the same period. On Tuesday the IMF cut its growth estimate for the world economy by 0.1 percentage points for both this year and next, citing the effects of Britain's shock decision to leave the European Union.