The oil rig count in the US has declined for the seventeenth consecutive week, according to the latest data released by oilfield services company Baker Hughes on Friday.
The number of oil rigs, an indicator of short-term production in the country, fell by 4 to 181 for the week ending July 10, from 185 the previous week.
Over the past 17 weeks, the decline in the oil rig count totaled 502, the data showed.
At Friday's close, price of international benchmark Brent crude stood at $43.24 per barrel, while American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $40.55 a barrel.
By Ebru Sengul Cevrioglu