Crude oil futures were trading slightly to the downside in New York Wednesday afternoon, giving back morning gains that pushed the near-month contract above $108 a barrel.

Recently, West Texas crude for November delivery was losing $1.01 to $105.60 a barrel, and Brent crude was weaker by 46 cents at $102.62.

As for other contracts, reformulated gasoline was off 3 cents at $2.57 a gallon, and natural gas was sliding 25 cents to $7.68 per million British thermal units. Heating oil escaped the selling and rose fractionally to $3 a gallon.

Earlier, the Energy Department said crude oil inventories declined by 1.5 million barrels last week, a smaller draw than had been expected. Gasoline and distillate inventories had substantially larger drops than analysts had predicted.


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ETF, which tracks the price of Nymex crude, was losing 0.9% to $85.34. Among stocks,

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were rising.


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was slightly weaker.

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ticked down.

Elsewhere in commodities, metals were little changed. Gold was up 20 cents at $891.40 an ounce, and silver was slipping 2 cents to $13.42 an ounce. The dollar was stronger across the board against other major currencies, most notably the yen and the Swiss franc.

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