Oil prices have fallen following a cut in European growth forecasts that increased worries over the crude demand amid a global oversupply.
Brent crude for October slipped 12 cents a barrel at $50.56, while the US crude declined 20 cents at $46.55 a barrel, Reuters reported.
According to the European Central Bank (ECB), weak Chinese economy and emerging markets could push Europe into deflation soon.
Barclays cut its brent price forecast by $5 to $55 a barrel and to $63 a barrel for 2015 and 2016 respectively, while BNP Paribas reduced its forecasts on Thursday from $62 to $56 per barrel for 2015 and from $76 to $62 a barrel for 2016.
Commerzbank Frankfurt analysts told the news agency: "Since it will take considerably longer to reduce the oversupply than previously anticipated, we are lowering our oil price forecast."
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