News affecting commodities is mixed. The Commerce Department Wednesday said U.S. durable goods orders fell more than expected. Late Wednesday, the Energy Information Administration reported a U.S. inventory buildup of 4 million barrels in the week ending April 20 to 373 million barrels -- the fifth consecutive week of increased supplies.
West Texas Intermediate crude for June delivery wavered before settling at $104.55 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Home heating oil prices added 3.33 cents to $3.1944 per gallon. Reformulated blendstock gasoline added 2.76 cents to $3.1833 per gallon.
Natural gas prices lost 4.4 cents to $2.126 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline dropped a penny to $3.83 per gallon Thursday from Wednesday's $3.84, AAA said.
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