Benchmark oil dropped 50 cents to finish at $97.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, rose 6 cents to end at $118.72 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent to finish at $3.04 a gallon.Natural gas rose 8 cents to end at $3.31 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil fell 2 cents to finish at $3.22 a gallon.

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