UPDATE 6-Oil edges higher on China and U.S. manufacturing data
* U.S. manufacturing sector expanded at fastest pace in 2-1/2 years
* China manufacturing PMI at 18-month high
* OPEC output below 30 mln bpd again in November
* OPEC meeting expected to maintain output target
(New throughout, updates prices and market activity; changes byline, new dateline, previously LONDON)
NEW YORK, Dec 2 (Reuters) - Brent crude oil futures rose on Monday after strong manufacturing data from China and the United States, the world's two biggest oil consumers.
The U.S. manufacturing sector expanded last month at its fastest pace in 2-1/2 years, outstripping forecasts, and the employment picture also improved, the Institute for Supply Management said.
In China, the official Purchasing Managers' Index showed manufacturing growth at an 18-month high in November due to robust domestic and foreign demand.
A similar indicator for Britain and Germany also showed a pick-up in manufacturing activity.
"All the strong ISM data, from sea to shining sea, is showing there should be a floor underneath this (oil) market in terms of demand," said John Kilduff, a partner at Again Capital LLC in New York.
Brent crude for January rose 88 cents to $110.57 a barrel by 11:13 a.m. EST (1613 GMT). U.S. crude rose 72 cents to $93.44 a barrel.
The spread between the two benchmarks stood at $17.13. Brent's premium to U.S. crude narrowed to as low as $16.22 during the session. Last Wednesday, Brent's premium hit an 8-month high of $19.41.
Oil prices found some extra support from evidence that the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) pumped less oil in November, mainly due to decreased production in Libya.
Ongoing unrest in Libya pulled exports down to around 130,000 barrels per day (bpd), Deputy Oil Minister Omar Shakmak told Reuters in an interview on Monday, more than 1.2 million bpd below pre-revolution supply levels.
Reuters' monthly OPEC survey on Friday showed the cartel produced 29.64 million bpd in November, a two-and-a-half-year low and down from a revised 29.70 million bpd in October.
The Reuters' survey estimated protests at Libyan oilfields and terminals cut average output to 350,000 bpd in November and by the end of the month production was around 250,000 bpd, a fraction of the 1.4 million bpd it pumped earlier this year.
OPEC ministers are meeting in Vienna on Wednesday to decide production policy, and ministers and OPEC officials have indicated the group's output target is likely to stay unchanged at 30 million bpd.
(Additional reporting by Christopher Johnson and Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen; editing by Keiron Henderson, Anthony Barker and David Gregorio)