• Oil held a gain as traders weighed conflicting signals on global supply, with futures continuing to take cues from broader equity markets.
  • West Texas Intermediate edged above $78 a barrel after closing 1.1% higher on Wednesday. Brent settled near $83. The American Petroleum Institute reported a big increase in US crude stockpiles, according to people familiar with the data, but time spreads are signaling a tightening market.