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Crude Settles Higher As Stocks Climb

Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 03:28 PM

Crude oil followed the stock market to higher ground Tuesday, settling higher for the first time in five sessions.

Investors boosted health stocks, watching a Massachusetts election to fill the seat of the late Sen. Edward M. Kennedy. Some hoped for a Republican victory that would make it more difficult for Senate Democrats to pass a health care bill. The Dow Jones Industrial Average was up nearly 100 points in afternoon trading.

But last week's falling oil prices started to bring down prices at the gas pump. Gasoline prices fell for the fourth straight day, though the declines have been modest so far.

Prices of $2.74 per gallon Tuesday were less than 2 pennies under the 15-month peak of $2.7543 hit on Thursday, according to AAA, Wright Express and Oil Price Information Service.

Prices still are up 15 cents in the past month and 89.8 cents from a year ago, as motorists dig deeper into their wallets to pay for fuel just as Christmas bills start to come in.

The Energy Information Administration will release average gas prices for the nation later Tuesday.

A typical motorist using about 50 gallons a month is paying about $140 for gasoline, $45 more a month than a year ago.

Gasoline prices have spiked in the past month on a jump in oil prices.

Analyst Tom Kloza said to look for larger declines in gasoline prices over the next few weeks. January and February are typically a period of poor demand for transportation fuels.

Benchmark crude for February delivery rose $1.02 to settle at $79.02 Tuesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

In other Nymex trading in February contracts, heating oil fell 0.06 cent to settle at $2.0454 a gallon, while gasoline added 1.37 cents to settle at $2.0591 a gallon. Natural gas futures shed 13.4 cents to settle at $5.557 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, Brent crude for March delivery rose 53 cents to settle at $77.63 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

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Associates Press writers Pablo Gorondi in Budapest and Eileen Ng in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, contributed to this report.

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