Oil prices rose on Friday, rebounding more than 25 percent from 12-year lows hit last week and cutting losses for the month, on prospects of a deal between major exporters to cut production and curb one of the biggest supply gluts in history.
Oil also drew support from weak U.S. GDP data that raised hopes the Federal Reserve may slow any planned interest rate hikes.
The oil market rallied for four straight sessions this week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries renewed calls for rival producers to cut supply alongside its members that triggered a volley of comments from Russia on a deal with OPEC, something it had been refusing to do for 15 years.
Brent futures for March, which expired on Friday, closed at $34.74 a barrel, 85 cents or 2.5 percent higher. On Jan. 20, it hit $27.10, its lowest since November 2003. U.S. crude settled up 40 cents or 1.2 percent, at $33.62 per barrel, having hit a high of $34.40 in the session.
For the week, Brent was 7.9 percent higher and U.S. crude 4.4 percent higher, paring their monthly losses to 6.8 percent and 9.3 percent respectively.