MTECHTIPS- Oil prices rose mildly in Asia on Friday as investors looked ahead to U.S. rig count data and braced for potential volatile trade as the U.S. presidential vote looms next week. Crude oil for December delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 0.09% to $44.70 a barrel. U.S. candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have vastly differing views on energy policies, including the extent of exploration on federal lands and diplomatic ties with major oil producers Last week, oilfield services provider Baker Hughes said the number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. fell by 2 to 441 in the previous week, marking the first weekly decline since June. Overnight, oil prices stabilized during North American hours on Thursday, after plunging nearly 3% to five-week lows in the prior session after data showed that crude supplies in the U.S. rose by the most since records began last week. Elsewhere, Brent oil for January delivery on the ICE Futures Exchange in London was last quoted at $46.28 a barrel amid mounting skepticism over the implementation of a planned deal by OPEC to limit production.