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Crude oil closes just above $103 a barrel

March 30, 2012 at 4:50 PM

NEW YORK, March 30 (UPI) -- Crude oil futures closed higher Friday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, gaining 24 cents (0.2 percent) and settling at $103.02 a barrel.

Natural gas was off 2 cents (1.1 percent) and ended the session at $2.13 per million British thermal units, its lowest since early February 2002.

Home heating oil ended the session $3.17 a gallon, picking up less than 1 cent (0.3 percent).

Gasoline dropped a penny (0.3 percent), closing at $3.39 a gallon.

The national average price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline rose to $3.925 Friday, up from Thursday's $3.921, AAA said.

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