Oil prices rose to more than a one-month high on Monday on optimism the global economic recession was easing, spelling a potential recovery in world energy demand.
U.S. crude futures rose 69 cents to $53.89 a barrel by 1407 GMT (10:07 a.m. EDT) after rising as high $53.94 -- the highest since late March. London Brent rose 79 cents to $53.64.
Oil's gains were encouraged by stronger equities markets <.N> and positive economic surveys in big fuel consumer nations China and India showing their manufacturing sectors grew in April for the first time in months.
We started to look at the green shoots in the United States and now we're starting to look at what I like to call the bamboo shoots, said Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix. As long as these keep investors hoping economic growth is not that far away, the price should be relatively well supported.
Oil prices have bounced back from five-year lows just above $30 this winter on evidence the economic crisis is easing and as OPEC slashes output to trim excess supply.
Oil had also gained on Friday spurred by improved U.S. consumer confidence as well as a Reuters survey that showed OPEC had delivered around 84 percent of promised curbs of 4.2 million barrels per day since September, around its highest ever level of output discipline.
OPEC efforts to support the price have been in part offset by the impact of high inventories on land and large amounts of floating storage as traders have made use of a bearish market structure to stockpile oil.
(Additional reporting by Richard Valdmanis in New York, Fayen Wong in Perth; Editing by Lisa Shumaker)