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Dow closes above 17,000 at the NYSE
A board at the New York Stock Exchange shows the symbol for Brent Crude Oil before the closing bell on Wall Street in New York City on October 28, 2014. The Dow Jones industrial average rose 187.81 points closing at 17,005.75. UPI/John Angelillo
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Brent Crude is the biggest of the many major classifications of oil consisting of Brent Crude, Brent Sweet Light Crude, Oseberg and Forties. Brent Crude is sourced from the North Sea. The Brent Crude oil marker is also known as Brent Blend, London Brent and Brent petroleum. It is used to price two thirds of the world's internationally traded crude oil supplies.

The other well-known classifications (also called references or benchmarks) are the OPEC Reference Basket, Dubai Crude and West Texas Intermediate (WTI).

The name "Brent" comes from the naming policy of Shell UK Exploration and Production, operating on behalf of Exxon and Shell, which originally named all of its fields after birds (in this case the Brent Goose). It also refers to the formation layers—Broom, Rannoch, Etive, Ness and Tarbert, which are named after geographical features—lochs and glens—of the Scottish Highlands).

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It uses material from the Wikipedia article "Brent Crude."
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