Crude oil futures rose on Tuesday on signs of falling U.S. oil production, weakness in the dollar and tensions in the Middle East, particularly Yemen.
U.S. crude settled $1.38, or 2.7 percent, higher at $53.29, surging above its 100-day moving average of $52.96.
Ahead of the May contract's expiration on Wednesday, front-month Brent crude futures were trading up 63 cents at $58.56 a barrel by 2:36 p.m. EDT (1836 GMT), above its $58.40 100-day moving average.
North Dakota's February oil production fell 15,000 barrels per day versus January's output, monthly data from the state showed on Tuesday, though the number of producing wells hit a record high.
The North Dakota report arrived a day after the U.S. Energy Information Administration said it expected U.S. shale production to fall by 45,000 bpd to 4.98 million bpd in May, which would be the first monthly decline in four years.