Oil prices rose with traders concerned lawmakers in Washington wouldn't reach a deficit-reduction agreement before the end of the year, a development that could set the economic recovery back on its heels.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil for February delivery added $2.30 to $90.91 per barrel. Home heating oil for February added 0.51 cents to $3.0406 a gallon. Reformulated blendstock gasoline shed 0.15 cents to $2.787 a gallon.
Natural gas prices lost 0.29 cents to $3.396 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, AAA reported the national average price for regular unleaded gasoline hit $3.247 per gallon, unchanged from Tuesday.
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