* Oil falls below $45, pausing from more than 6 pct gain
* Set to end February up 7 percent month-on-month
* Market eyes Q4 U.S. GDP
* NYMEX March RBOB RBH9 jumps after drop in gasoline stocks (Updates prices)
By Angela Moon
SEOUL, Feb 27 (Reuters) - Oil fell below $45 a barrel on Friday, paring a 6 percent gain in the previous close, as economic data from the world's largest economies pointed to a widening global recession.
Oil prices fell after U.S. stocks declined 1.2 percent on news the United States will rack up a $1.75 trillion budget deficit to overhaul healthcare and shore up the economy this year, the biggest since World War Two, and jobless claims had jumped to a record 5.1 million [ID:nN26300602][.N]
In Asia, Japan's factory output dropped by a record 10 percent in January, according to data released on Friday, underscoring how deeply the country was mired in a recession, [ID:nPEK251039]
U.S. crude for April delivery CLc1 was down 62 cents at $44.60 a barrel by 070 GMT, after a gain of $2.72 on Thursday.
London Brent crude LCOc1 lost 20 cents to $46.31.
Oil is on course to end the month up 7 percent from January and up around 15 percent from a week earlier.
"The boost (in oil prices) was sort of an instant reaction to the weekly inventory data and strong demand for gasoline," said Mark Pervan, senior commodities analyst at Australia & New Zealand Bank. "I think the market went ahead of itself."
A steep 3.4 milion barrel drawdown in gasoline stocks announced earlier in the week sparked the two-day rally. NYMEX March RBOB RBH9 jumped more than 13 percent to register the highest front-month settlement since November.
OPEC members continue to mull the possibility of another output cut at its meeting in March, supporting the previous two days' price gains.
Venezuela said it wanted OPEC to agree on a new oil output cut, but relatively small member Ecuador said oil prices were stabilising now, brushing off possibility that it might urge for a cut. [ID:nN26527430]
Market players are closely eyeing March heating oil and RBOB gasoline contracts that expire on Friday as well as key economic data, including euro zone January inflation and unemployment figures and U.S. fourth-quarter GDP.
The Commerce Department's GDP figures, due at 1330 GMT, are expected according to a Reuters forecast to show that the world's largest economy had contracted at a 5.4 percent annual rate, the deepest slide since the first quarter of 1982. [ID:nN25477922]
U.S. durable goods orders, an important gauge of business activity, fell for a sixth month to a six-year low in January, suggesting that dried-up credit markets have had a severe impact on industries around the world. (Editing by Ben Tan)