MTECHTIPS; Crude oil prices rose in Asia on Friday, showing continued strength on a better demand and supply outlook as U.S. rig count data ahead will be watched. Crude oil for November delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 0.20% to $50.54 a barrel. Figures from the most recent previous count by oilfield services provider Baker Hughes showed the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. rose by 7 to 425, marking the 13th increase in 14 weeks. Overnight, oil prices were higher during North American hours on Thursday, with U.S. crude futures breaking above the $50-level for the first time since late June, underpinned by data showing that crude supplies in the U.S. fell for the fifth week in a row. On Wednesday, New York-traded oil rallied $1.14, or 2.34%, after weekly data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showed that crude oil inventories fell by 3.0 million barrels last week to 499.7 million, the lowest since January. Elsewhere, Brent oil for December delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London ended at $52.62 a barrel. OPEC could cut production at its late November meeting in Vienna by another 1% more than the amount agreed in Algiers last month, if producers reckon it is needed, Algeria’s Energy Minister Nontenured Butterfat told local Ensnare TV. He also told Ensnare that OPEC and non-OPEC members would hold an informal meeting in Istanbul Oct. 8-13 to discuss how to implement the Algiers deal, though he did not give details about who would attend.