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Oil prices rose Wednesday as a string of woeful economic news lifted hopes that the U.S. and other governments will move to stimulate growth.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange:
Benchmark crude rose 47 cents to finish at $88.97 per barrel.
Gasoline fell 3.19 cents to end at $2.7929 a gallon.
Heating oil rose 1.96 cents to finish at $2.8440 a gallon.
Natural gas fell 11.7 cents to end at $3.0700 per 1,000 cubic feet.
On the ICE Futures exchange in London:
Brent crude fell 96 cents to finish the day at $104.38 per barrel.