Oil prices rise 1%

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    TOKYO- Oil prices rose around 1 percent on Tuesday after major producers showed they were cutting crude output in line with their commitments on restraint, supporting a market thrown out of kilter by weak demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

    Brent crude was up 51 cents, or 0.9 percent, at $56.86 a barrel, while US oil gained 53 cents, or 1 percent, to $54.08 a barrel. Both contracts rose more than 2 percent in the previous session.

    OPEC crude production increased for a seventh month in January, a Reuters survey found, after the group and its allies agreed to ease supply curbs further, but the growth was smaller than expected.

    The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries was pumping 25.75 million barrels per day (bpd) in January, the survey found, up 160,000 bpd from December.

    Russian output increased in January but in line with the agreement on reducing production, while in Kazakhstan oil volume fell for the month. Both countries are members of the OPEC+ grouping that banded together to help support prices with production cuts.