Oil prices increased more than 1% on Friday, staging a partial improvement after OPEC+ producers refused a US call to raise supply and instead maintained plans for a gradual return of output halted by the pandemic.

Iran PressAsia: Brent crude rose 82 cents or just over 1% to $81.36 a barrel by around 0146 GMT, after falling almost 2% on Thursday. US oil gained 97 cents or 1.25 to $79.78 a barrel, declining 2.5% in the previous session.

The OPEC+ group of significant producers agreed on Thursday to stick to their plan to raise oil output by 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) from December, ignoring calls from US President Joe Biden for extra output to cool rising prices. 

"This was an easy and quick OPEC+ meeting on output," said OANDA senior market analyst Edward Moya, adding, "at no point did OPEC+ consider changing their output strategy, which was completely the message they had," Reuters reported. 

OPEC+, which groups the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and other large producers, including Russia, has been restricting supply after the coronavirus pandemic led to evaporation of demand.

Oil prices recently touched seven-year highs but fell earlier this week on a US stocks buildup and signs that high prices may encourage more supply elsewhere.


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