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01 July 2009 @ 07:54 pm
Oil rises above $70 on bullish API report  

(BARREL, REPORT, CRUDE, RECOVERY, MILLION, ECONOMIC)


By Fayen Wong PERTH (Reuters) - Oil climbed back above $70 a barrel on Wednesday as an industry inventory report showing a larger-than-expected fall in U.S. crude stocks buoyed hopes of a demand recovery and encouraged buying. The American Petroleum Institute said that domestic crude stocks fell 6.8 million barrels to 349.7 million barrels last week, against analysts forecast for a much smaller drawdown of just 2 million barrels. This helped turn crude around from a 2 percent overnight loss, after a drop in U.S. consumer confidence added to concerns about a potential economic rebound. U.S. cru... read more