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London — Oil prices steadied on Thursday, under pressure from high inventories but buoyed by a drawdown in US crude stockpiles and indications that the trade war between the US and China may be easing. Global oil supply has outstripped demand over the past six months, inflating inventories and pushing crude oil to its lowest in more than a year at the end of November. But oil cartel Opec and other big producers, including Russia, agreed last week to reduce supply to try to trim the surplus. Benchmark Brent crude oil was unchanged at $60.15 a barrel by 8.25am GMT. US light crude was down 5c at $51.10. In a sign that China wants to lower trade tensions, the country made its first major US soybean purchases in more than six months on Wednesday. Investors breathed a sigh of relief across broader stock markets. A drop in US crude stocks also boosted oil, which has been riding higher on expectations that the Opec-led planned output cuts will re-balance the market in 2019. US crude invento...

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