Oil prices rose on Friday, extending gains from the previous day on optimism about recovering fuel demand worldwide, despite a surge in coronavirus infections in some U.S. states and indications of a revival in U.S. crude production.
U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 futures gained 42 cents, or 1.1%, to $39.14 at 0150 GMT but were on track for a slight drop for the week.
Brent crude LCOc1 futures similarly rose 1.1%, or 47 cents, to $41.52, but were also heading towards a small decline for the week.
Overall, commodities markets were taking a positive view on the global recovery on Friday despite worries about coronavirus flare-ups, said Michael McCarthy, chief market strategist at CMC Markets.
“It does appear the market is ignoring supply and demand fundamentals and moving on sentiment,” he said.