NEW YORK, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices hit $88 per barrel in New York Tuesday as the dollar index fell 0.29 percent.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil for January delivery added 80 cents to $88 per barrel, with traders focused on budget talks in Washington.
A new budget in place before Jan. 1 would avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," a combination of spending cuts and tax hikes that economist say would push the U.S. economy back into a recession.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, home heating oil for January added 5.41 cents to $3.0004 a gallon. Reformulated blendstock gasoline gained 3.83 cents to $2.6929 a gallon.
Natural gas prices added 4.3 cents to $3.394 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, AAA reported a national average price for regular unleaded gasoline at $3.236 per gallon, down from Monday's $3.248.
|Additional Business News Stories|
WASHINGTON, May 23 (UPI) --U.S. President Barack Obama was the last obstacle to getting the Keystone XL oil pipeline built through the country, the chairman of a House committee said.
KIEL, Germany, May 23 (UPI) --Rheinmetall Defense of Germany has received a $46.4 million contract to modernize 25 more Fuchs/Fox armored transport vehicles for the Bundeswehr.