US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 76 cents, or 0.9 percent, at $82.40. The session high was $82.64 a barrel, the highest since December 5.

Last week, Brent was up 2.8 percent while the US benchmark was up 1.8 percent.

Asian trade was slower due to the Lunar New Year holiday, but analysts said optimism about China’s reopening is likely to push oil prices higher.

Sukrit Vijayakar, director of Mumbai-based energy consultancy…