Prices rose but recent economic data from the United States and China suggest slowing demand, market analyst Dominick Chirichella said.
"From a fundamental viewpoint oil remains driven by a weakening demand picture. In addition supply remains robust," he wrote in a research note Thursday.
Overnight, energy prices rose. Gasoline prices added 0.2 cents to $2.7172 a gallon. Home heating oil gained 1.81 cents to $2.8047 a gallon. Natural gas climbed 3.3 cents to $4.349 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the average price of a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.522 Wednesday, up from Tuesday's $3.508, the AAA Fuel Gauge Report said.