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U.S. oil prices edge up on trade talk hopes, OPEC cuts

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By Henning Gloystein

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - edged up on Tuesday, supported by hopes that U.S.-Chinese talks in would bring a halt to a trade dispute between the world's biggest economies, while the start of OPEC-led supply cuts also tightened markets.

U.S. Intermediate (WTI) were at $48.69 per barrel at 0024 GMT, up 17 cents, or 0.4 percent from their last settlement.

International futures had yet to trade.

U.S. said late on Monday that and could reach a trade deal that "we can live with" as dozens of officials from the world's two largest economies held talks in a bid to end their trade dispute that has roiled global markets since last year.

Despite optimism around the talks in Beijing, some analysts warned that the relationship between and remained on shaky grounds, and that tensions could flare up again soon.

"We remain concerned about the world's most important bilateral relationship," political risk consultancy said in its 2019 outlook.

"The U.S. political establishment believes engagement with Beijing is no longer working, and it's embracing an openly confrontational approach ... (and) rising nationalist sentiment makes it unlikely that Beijing will ignore U.S. provocations," said.

Beyond politics, are being supported by supply cuts started late last year by a group of producers around the Middle East-dominated Organization of the Exporting Countries (OPEC) as well as non-member

"Crude have benefited from production cuts and steadying equities markets," said Mithun Fernando, at Australia's

Looming over the OPEC-led cuts, however, is a surge in U.S. oil supply, driven by a steep rise in and production.

As a result, U.S. rose by a whopping 2 million barrels per day (bpd) last year to a world record 11.7 million bpd.

With drilling activity still high, most analysts expect U.S. to rise further this year.

(Graphic: U.S. & drilling levels -

(Reporting by Henning Gloystein; editing by Richard Pullin)

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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 06:09 IST