NEW YORK, July 16 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices settled on the cusp of $106 per barrel Tuesday afternoon in New York.
Solid gains in equities and tension in the Middle East are pushing prices, which have soared in the past seven weeks, up $15 per barrel since early June.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate crude oil fell short of $107 per barrel, before prices settled at $16.02 per barrel, down 30 cents from the session's start.
Reformulated blendstock gasoline added 3.08 cents to $3.1337 per gallon. Home heating oil gained 2.08 cents to reach $3.0469 per gallon.
Natural gas gained 0.4 cents to $3.678 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the average price for a gallon of unleaded regular gasoline was $3.635, up from Monday's $3.613, the AAA Fuel Gauge report said.