Crude oil on the New York Mercantile Exchange dipped to $102.50 per barrel Wednesday after an afternoon report from the Energy Information Administration said U.S. supplies rose by 2.6 million barrels in the week to reach 358.3 million.
It has been a long drop from $110 per barrel, which was a price provoked by international tension in the Middle East, including saber rattling in Washington related to the use of chemical weapons in Syria and strikes at oil-exporting ports in Libya.
Both of those issues have largely moved into the background, leaving oil to seek a new level.
Oil regained 34 cents Thursday to reach $103 per barrel. Reformulated blendstock gasoline prices gained 3.21 cents to $2.705 per gallon. Home heating oil gained 2.49 cents to $2.998 per gallon. Natural gas added 1 cent to reach $3.50 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline fell to $3.434 per gallon Thursday from Wednesday's $3.447, AAA's Daily Fuel Gauge Report said.
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