Oil prices decline

Oil prices decline

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dropped on Wednesday as government data showed crude stockpiles gained unexpectedly, deepening market concerns on oversupply.

The for September delivery lost $1.00 to settle at $41.92 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for September delivery erased $1.40 to close at $43.47 a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange, Xinhua news agency reported.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) said in its weekly report on Wednesday that US oil inventories rose 1.7 million barrels last week to 521.1 million barrels, ending a 7-week streak of declines and beating market consensus of a 2.3-million barrels decrease.

Oilfield services company said Friday that the number of rigs operating in the US fields rose by 14 to 371 in the week ending July 22, the fourth weekly increase in a row.

Analysts said recent data have intensified fears on oversupply in the market, which weighed on oil prices.

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