Oil prices rose more than 1% today on expectations demand will strengthen as top oil importer China reopens its economy and on positive US economic data.

Brent crude futures rose $1.04, or 1.2%, to $87.16 a barrel by 1506 GMT. US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up $1.04, or 1.3%, at $81.19.

"China's reopening is supporting demand prospects," said UBS analyst Giovanni Staunovo.

"Also, market participants are closely tracking the upcoming OPEC+ JMMC meeting and the EU embargo on refined products."

China has been easing stringent Covid-19 restrictions this month, with Beijing reopening its borders for the first time in three years.

"(Commodity) markets are set to tighten significantly should the reopening in China – the world's largest driver of commodity demand – be orderly, and ... we anticipate conditions to be ripe for commodity investor inflows," MUFG analyst Ehsan Khoman said.

The US economy grew faster than expected in the fourth quarter as consumers maintained a solid pace of spending, but momentum had slowed significantly by the end of the year, with higher interest rates eroding demand, official data showed on Thursday.

Meanwhile, US crude inventories edged up by 533,000 barrels to 448.5 million barrels in the week ending Jan. 20, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) said.

That was short of forecasts for a 1 million barrel rise, though the EIA says crude stocks are at their highest since June 2021.

The OPEC+ ministerial panel meeting on February 1 is likely to endorse the oil producer group's current output levels, OPEC+ sources said.

Global economic growth is forecast to barely move above 2% this year, a Reuters poll of economists showed, suggesting that a further downgrade is possible. That was at odds with widespread optimism in markets since the beginning of the year.