Energy stocks, one of the worst-performing sectors this year, spiked Monday after an attack on Saudi Arabia's heart of oil production Saturday sent oil prices soaring.Marketsread more
* Trump official denies report on interim China trade deal -CNBC
* No discussion of deeper OPEC+ cuts before December - Saudi
* ECB cuts rates to prop up sluggish euro zone growth
* U.S. briefly overtakes Saudi Arabia as top oil exporter - IEA
* IEA says balancing market in 2020 will be "daunting" (New throughout, updates prices, market activity and comments, new byline, changes dateline, previous LONDON)
NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) - Oil prices fell 2% on Thursday after a report cast doubt on the possibility of an interim U.S.-China trade deal and as a meeting of the OPEC+ alliance yielded no decision on deepening supply cuts.
Oil came under further pressure after the European Central Bank cut its deposit rate to a record low -0.5% from -0.4% and said it will restart bond purchases of 20 billion euros a month from November to prop up euro zone growth.
Brent crude futures were down $1.17, or 1.9%, at $59.64 a barrel by 11:43 a.m. EDT (1543 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures fell $1.25, or 2.2%, to $54.50 a barrel. Both were heading for a third session of losses.
Oil futures extended their losses after a senior White House official denied a Bloomberg News report that the United States was considering a temporary trade agreement with China, according to CNBC.
The prospect that the world's two largest economies made some concessions in a protracted trade war, according to a previous report, supported prices earlier in the session.
"All of a sudden we had a ray of hope," said Phil Flynn, an analyst at Price Futures Group in Chicago.
"Now that they're downplaying that and, immediately, the stocks went back down, gold came back up and oil went back down."
Also hitting oil prices were comments by Saudi Arabia's new energy minister, Prince Abdulaziz bin Salman, who said deeper cuts would not be decided before a meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries planned for December.
The meeting yielded a promise to keep countries within the production quotas they committed to in a global supply deal, which would limit oil coming to the market as Nigeria, Iraq and Russia have, at times, produced more than their allocations.
"Everyone committed to compliance but we've heard that before. I assume the market will want to see proper cuts to react," said Giovanni Stauvono, analyst at UBS.
A statement from OPEC and its allies, a grouping known as OPEC+, said oil stocks in industrial countries remained above the five-year average. Oman's energy minister said "the outlook is not very good for 2020."
Prince Abdulaziz said Saudi Arabia would keep cutting by more than it pledged in the pact that has throttled supply from OPEC+ by 1.2 million barrels per day.
Also feeding the bearish sentiment, the International Energy Agency said surging U.S. output would make balancing the market "daunting" in 2020.
"Booming shale production has allowed the U.S. to close in on, and briefly overtake, Saudi Arabia as the world's top oil exporter ... in June, after crude exports surged above 3 million bpd," said the agency which advises industrial economies on energy policy in its monthly report.
The Paris-based IEA kept its oil demand growth forecasts for this and next year at 1.1 million bpd and 1.3 million bpd, respectively.
(Additional reporting by Shadia Nasralla, Aaron Sheldrick in TOKYO; Editing by Marguerita Choy and David Evans)