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Oil Extends Climb; Gold Prices Fall

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are all trading lower.

Crude oil prices soared yet again Friday amid continued supply worries, while gold took another beating.

Front-month contracts for light sweet crude were tacking on $1.08 at $124.77 a barrel in recent activity on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Earlier in the session, the price hit an all-time high of $126.20 a barrel before pulling back.

"Medium and long-term perceptions of the tightness of oil market balances have worsened," writes the London-based commodities team at Barclays in a recent research report. There has been, "persistently disappointing non-OPEC performance so far in 2008, as well as supply disruptions in various locations, not least Nigeria," the report continues.

The exchange-traded funds that track the commodity,

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United States Oil

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, were up about 0.2%.

Among stocks,

Exxon Mobil

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was losing 1.8%,


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was down 0.7% and


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was weaker by 1.5%.


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was losing 1.3%, and


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was off 3.9%.

Elsewhere in the commodities complex, gold prices were slipping, with benchmark contracts down $6.10 at $876 an ounce on the Comex division of the Nymex.

The bullion exchange-traded funds, which own bars of solid gold, were dipping also.

streetTracks Gold Shares

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iShares Comex Gold Trust

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were both down more than 1%.

In currencies, the greenback was falling against the euro, with one dollar selling for $1.544 vs. $1.5404 a day earlier. One dollar was buying 103.21 Japanese yen, down from 104 yen previously. The British pound was selling for $1.9472 vs. $1.9529.


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and the

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were rising 0.4% and 0.9%, respectively. The

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was off 0.3%.