NEW YORK, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Crude oil prices held above $100 per barrel in New York Thursday after the American Petroleum Institute said U.S. inventories fell last week.
The API said inventories dropped by 4.8 million barrels in the week ending Friday.
With prices supported by tension in the Middle East, the inventory report sent West Texas Intermediate crude oil for February to a high of $102.06 before settling back to $100.36 per barrel.
Heating oil prices added 0.08 cents to $3.032 per gallon. Reformulated blendstock gasoline gained 0.27 cents to $2.8255 per gallon. Henry Hub natural gas prices on the New York Mercantile Exchange shed 0.2 cents to $2.32 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, the national average price of unleaded gasoline was unchanged from Wednesday's $3.378, AAA said.