Oil derivatives markets struggled to find their topic on Wednesday, after falling by seven percent to a previous session, with strong supply and a spectrum of irritating demand, leading investors to the edge.
Future crude oil derivatives West West Intermediate (WTI) were $ 55.54 per barrel at 0159 GMT, which is 15 cents since the last settlement.
International Brent crude oil prices rose by 4 cents to $ 65.51 a barrel.
Markets fell by more than 7% the previous day. Crude oil has lost more than a quarter of its value since the beginning of October, which has become one of the biggest falls since prices in 2014 crashed.
The downward price on the spot has turned the entire curve forward for crude oil to the head.
The price of the September clips was significantly higher than those for later delivery, a structure known as a downturn, which means a tight market, as it is insufficient to store the oil.
By mid-November, the curve went into contagion when raw prices for immediate delivery were cheaper than the prices for subsequent dispatch. This means excessive consumption of the market as it is attractive to store oil for later sale.
Petroleum products markets are burdened on two sides: an increase in supply and an increasing concern over the economic slowdown.
US crude oil output from seven main shingles in December is expected to amount to 7.94 million barrels per day (bpd), the US Department of Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.
This increase in land production contributed to total crude oil production in the US, reaching a record 11.6 million bpd, making the United States the world's largest oil producer ahead of Russia and Saudi Arabia.
Most analysts expect US production to rise above 12 million bpd in the first half of 2019.
"This, in our opinion, will limit any above $ 85 per barrel (for oil prices)," said Jon Andersson, head of brands at Vontobel Asset Management.
The increase in US production contributes to rising stocks.
US crude stocks increased by 7.8 million barrels a week, reaching US $ 2 to 432 million, as refineries cut production, the US Oil Institute reported.
The cartel of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) is worried about a leap in the supply and a fall in prices.
OPEC has increasingly been publicly announcing that it will begin to hold crude oil reserves in 2019 to tighten supply and support prices.
"OPEC and Russia are under pressure to reduce the current level of production, which is the decision we expect at the next OPEC meeting on 6 December," said Andersson.
This is set by OPEC with US President Donald Trump, who publicly supports low oil prices and has called on OPEC not to reduce production.