on Friday reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil rose by two to 604 this week. That followed increases in each of the past two weeks. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes those drilling for natural gas, climbed by one to 765, according to Baker Hughes. Oil prices continued to trade lower, with November West Texas Intermediate crude
down $1.30, or 1.6%, at $79.93 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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