03/11/2016 08:22 EST | Updated 03/12/2017 05:12 EDT

Oil Prices Look Like They've Bottomed Out, IEA Says

PARIS — The International Energy Agency says "there are signs that prices might have bottomed out" in the global oil market.

The Paris-based organization, which represents the world's major oil-consuming nations, said Friday however that the recovery in crude prices in recent days from multi-year lows does not mean that there will be a significant and sustained rebound in the short-term.

In its monthly oil market report, the IEA says supplies dropped in February by 180,000 barrels per day. But it also noted a sharp slowdown in demand growth, particularly in the United States and China.

The international benchmark for oil was up 81 cents to $40.86 a barrel on Friday, having hit a low of $28.50 a barrel in January. The price was above $100 a barrel as recently as 2014.

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