West Texas Intermediate crude futures traded up $0.23, or 0.42%, at $55.44 a barrel by 1225 GMT.
Brent for January settlement slipped $1.11 to $61.33 on the London-based ICE Futures Europe Exchange.
The increase added to concerns about crude oversupply after Reuters reported that Russian Federation, the world's second-biggest producer, was unlikely to back deepening output cuts when the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) meets in Vienna on December 5-6.
Indeed, increasing concerns stemming from the US-China trade war front and persistent social unrest in Hong Kong have hurt the sentiment in the risk-complex and dragged crude oil prices to fresh lows earlier on Wednesday, where dip-buyers appear to have emerged. "Russian Federation will not categorically agree to (deepen) cuts in winter", a source familiar with the matter said. But Jim Ritterbusch, president of Ritterbusch and Associates, was dismissive of supply concerns.
Prices broke sharply after CNBC's Eunice Yoon reported, citing a government source, that Chinese officials are pessimistic about the prospect of a U.S.
Analysts said the fall in crude oil futures was mostly due to trimming of positions by traders amid weak global cues. The long-running dispute has hit economic growth prospects.
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"We're certainly seeing less momentum in the recent rallies".
"The API data also showed USA inventories posted a rather robust increase last week, which if confirmed by the EIA report, we could see oil prices continue to slide", he said.
Norway's production rose in October to beat the official forecast as output from the Johan Sverdrup field began ahead of schedule.
Crude inventories in the United States, the world's biggest oil user, rose 6 million barrels in the week to November 15 to 445.9 million, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed late on Tuesday.
Tensions in the Gulf have risen since attacks on oil tankers this summer, including off the coast of the United Arab Emirates, and a major attack on key Saudi energy plants which briefly crippled from the world's top oil exporter.
Protesters in Iraq blocked a commodities port on Tuesday and people took to the streets in Iran to demonstrate against a rise in petrol prices.