London — US crude futures briefly hit a 2019 high on Friday but later retreated along with benchmark Brent oil, as worries about the global economy and robust US production put a brake on prices. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures were down 3c at $58.58 per barrel at 11am GMT, having hit their highest so far this year at $58.95. Brent crude futures were at $66.92 per barrel, down 31c from their last settlement, and more than $1 off their 2019 peak of $68.14 reached on Thursday. “The market is still torn between economic concerns and high US oil production on the one hand and remarkable Opec-Plus compliance on the other. The latter is greatly aided by unplanned cuts in production,” PVM oil broker Stephen Brennock said. Oil cartel Opec and its allies including Russia, an alliance known as Opec-Plus, agreed to cut production in 2018, partly in response to increased US shale production. Opec-Plus ministers will meet on April 17-18 to decide output policy. “If Opec-Plus deci...

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