NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- Oil futures tracked up towards $70 on the same day that both the dollar sank and the Commerce department said that the economy shrank less than expected. Benchmark crude for delivery in September put on another $2.51, or near 4%, to settle at $69.45 per barrel today on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Friday, the Commerce Department said that Gross Domestic Product
slumped by only 1% in the second quarter. That was also far less than the 6.4% contraction in the prior quarter. Many economists estimated that the economy would contract by 1.5% in the quarter. Though the economy is showing signs of recovery, the news wasn't all good. The report also noted that consumer spending fell by 1.2%, casting a small cloud on what bodes for the future as unemployment figures likely grow. This week, major oil-company earnings were in investor's crosshairs and just about all of them reported profit drops on poorer prices and weakened demand. To recap just a few of the earnings slips this week: Today, Chevron ( CVX) said profit fell 71% . But by the end of the day, shares gained $1.77, or 2.6%, to close at $69.47. Also, France's Total ( TOT) said its earnings slumped 54% . ADRs fell off 48 cents, or 0.9%, at $55.65 by the close. Yesterday, Exxon Mobil ( XOM) said it lost 66% , while ConocoPhillips ( COP) reported a 76% earnings dip the day before. Exxon Mobil shares bid down 0.5%, or 33 cents, at $70.39. ConocoPhillips gained 52 cents, or 1.2%, at $43.71 by the end of the day.