The price of Brent crude oil was down on Friday after rising slightly due to the major withdrawal in US crude oil stocks indicating oil demand in the world's largest oil-consuming country is increasing.
The international benchmark was trading at $43.61 per barrel at 0620 GMT for a 1.5% gain after closing Thursday at $42.94 a barrel.
However, American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $40.23 a barrel at the same time for a 0.36% decline after it ended the previous session at $40.34 per barrel.
The US' Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported commercial crude oil inventories in the country saw a massive decline of 10.6 million barrels, or 2%, in the country's crude oil inventories reaching 526 million barrels for the week ending July 24.
The market expectation was an increase of 0.3 million barrels.
The massive decline in the US' crude oil inventories signals that oil consumption in the country is on the rise with the summer driving season.
On the global demand side, however, oil prices are still under pressure due to the rising number of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) cases throughout the world.
The total number of COVID-19 cases in the world has surpassed 17,2 million, according to the latest data from Johns Hopkins University.
The US continues to lead with the most cases at 4.4 million, followed by Brazil with more than 2.6 million cases, while India has the third-highest with almost 1.6 million cases.
By Nuran Erkul Kaya