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Oil down slightly on US supply data

Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 5 cents to $105.25 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

The Associated Press

8/7/2013

NEW YORK — The price of oil bounced around Wednesday after the U.S. government reported a smaller than expected decline in oil supplies and a rise in gasoline inventories.

Benchmark crude for September delivery was down 5 cents to $105.25 a barrel in morning trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It fell to $104.67 immediately after the release of the supply data.

The U.S. government's Energy Information Agency said crude oil supplies fell 1.3 million barrels last week. Analysts were expecting a drop of 2 million barrels, according to Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill. In addition, gasoline supplies rose by 100,000 barrels, while analysts had forecast a 1 million barrel decline.

Brent crude, traded on the ICE Futures exchange in London, was down 72 cents at $107.46 a barrel.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

— Heating oil fell 3 cents to $2.98 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 7 cents to $3.25 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Wholesale gasoline fell 3 cents to $2.89 a gallon.

Pamela Sampson in Bangkok contributed to this article.


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