Oil prices resume drop, shed most of last session's gains
Oil prices fell on Thursday to erase most of their gains from the day before, resuming declines seen earlier in the week amid worries about oversupply and the outlook for the global economy.
The front-month U.S. crude contract CLc1 had dropped more than $1, or 2.24 percent, to $47.10 per barrel by 0423 GMT, offseting gains of 96 cents chalked up on Wednesday, Reuters said.
International benchmark Brent crude LCOc1 futures were down over $1, or 1.82 percent, at $56.20 per barrel, after climbing almost 2 percent the session before.
"Wednesday's recovery was short-covering. Investors quickly moved their attention to deteriorating fundamentals in the oil markets including more signs of slowing economic growth next year, record production and the lack of confidence with OPEC's pledge to curb production," said Xi Jiarui, chief oil analyst at consultancy JLC.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other oil producers including Russia agreed this month to curb output by 1.2 million barrels per day (bpd) in an attempt to drain tanks and boost prices.
Oil prices are down more than 30 percent from peaks seen in October.
But the cuts will not happen until next month and production has been at or near record highs in the United States, Russia and Saudi Arabia.