Oil prices rose Thursday due to tension in Venezuela and despite the downward prospects of the world economy.
About 15:00 GMT, Brent North Sea broker for March delivery, quoted for the last day, was worth $ 62.15 at the Intercontinental Exchange (ICE) in London, 50 cents more than on Wednesday at the end.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange (Nimek), the "light sweet oil" barrel (VTI) for the same delivery date received 88 cents, to 55.11 dollars, the highest level in two months.
The US sanctions announced Monday against the national oil company PDVSA are fueling investors' concerns about the raw offer.
"In addition to the Venezuelan crisis, the rise was prompted by data on US reserves," analysts at Commerzbank added.
In the week ending on January 25, commercial oil reserves increased by 900,000 barrels to 445.9 million barrels, a slight increase of 3.15 million barrels that analysts expected from Bloomberg.