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Crude oil rises to above $103 a barrel
The price of oil came off 3-month lows Thursday as new figures showed the number of US workers seeking unemployment benefits fell. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for November delivery was up 54 cents to $103.20 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped 47 cents on Wednesday to finish at $102.66 a barrel, the lowest closing price since July 3.
Oil prices rebounded as fresh data showed that the number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits fell 5,000 last week to a seasonally adjusted 305,000, the second-lowest level in six years. The US economy, meanwhile, was confirmed to have grown an annualized 2.5 per cent in the April-June period.
The data on unemployment and growth contrasted with Wednesday's less encouraging statistics on orders for durable goods — big ticket items expected to last at least three years. Many analysts believe US growth in the current quarter will slow to around 2 per cent on the year. Oil has fallen nearly 7 per cent since closing at a two-year high of $110.53 on Sept. 6. Since then, diplomatic efforts have averted a US military strike against Syria, and tense relations between the US and Iran have shown signs of a thaw.
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