Benchmark oil for May delivery gained 65 cents to close at $97.23 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, was down 33 cents to finish at $109.38 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent to end at $3.11 a gallon. Natural gas futures fell 4 cents to end at $4.02 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil was flat at $2.92 a gallon.
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