U.S. crude futures steadied near six-month lows at close to $97 a barrel early on Thursday, pressured by ample supplies in the world's top oil consumer as crude stockpiles at the key Cushing delivery hub rose.

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DATA/EVENTS (GMT)

0600 Germany Industrial output June

0645 France Trade data June

1145 European Central Bank announces interest rate decision

1230 ECB President Mario Draghi holds news conference

1230 U.S. Weekly jobless claims

1900 U.S. Consumer credit June

(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Richard Pullin)