Oil Falls A Second Day On US Growth, Supply Worry

The price of oil fell Thursday as the impact of slower U.S. economic growth and higher oil supplies carried over to a second day.

Benchmark U.S. crude oil for June delivery dropped 32 cents to $99.42 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, an international oil benchmark, slipped 31 cents to $107.76 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

On Wednesday, U.S. crude oil plunged $1.54 and Brent fell 91 cents after U.S. first-quarter economic growth of just 0.1 percent disappointed forecasters who expected an expansion of about 1 percent.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Energy Department said oil supplies rose by 1.7 million barrels last week. While the increase was less than expected by analysts, it still pushed the nation's supply to a record 399.4 million barrels. In addition, gasoline supplies rose by 1.6 million barrels, whereas analysts had expected a decline.

China, the world's second-largest economy, was also a source of concerns after a manufacturing survey suggested growth was weak.

In other energy futures trading on Nymex:

  • Wholesale gasoline fell 3 cents to $2.94 a gallon.
  • Heating oil retreated 1 cent to $2.91 a gallon.
  • Natural gas lost 10 cents to $4.72 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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Brent Crude Oil : $50.97/BBL 1.53%
Light Crude Oil : $48.75/BBL 1.79%
Natural Gas : $2.92/MMBtu 0.68%
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