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Crude oil tops $96 at close

Feb. 19, 2013 at 5:18 PM

NEW YORK, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- The price of a barrel of crude oil picked up 80 cents to close at $96.66 Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Natural gas rose 12 cents to settles at $3.27 per million British thermal units.

Gasoline fell 1 cent to $3.12 a gallon.

Home heating oil dropped 3 cents to settle at $3.18 a gallon.

At the pump, the price for a gallon of regular unleaded gasoline was $3.748 Tuesday, up from $3.73 Monday, the AAA Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.

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