LONDON -- Oil prices have remained fairly settled this week. Brent crude on the December contract was down by 0.25% on the week at $112.66 per barrel shortly after U.S. markets opened on Friday, while demand for U.S. WTI crude was firmer, opening today 1.9% higher on the week at $93.14.
Natural gas for November delivery has also gained, and was up by 0.5% to $3.60/mmbtu when U.S. markets opened on Friday, after rising firmly on Thursday.
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