Benchmark oil rose 56 cents to finish at $96.44 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 20 cents to end at $113.48 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.Wholesale gasoline rose 6 cents to finish at $2.94 per gallon. Natural gas fell 16 cents to end at $3.29 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil rose about half a cent to finish at $3.06 a gallon.
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