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Oil Drops for Third Day on U.S. Fuel-Use Drop, Spain’s Downgrade

October 13, 2011

Oct. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Oil slid for a third day in New York, paring a weekly gain, on signs of slowing fuel consumption in the U.S. and a worsening debt crisis in Europe.

Crude for November delivery dropped as much as 28 cents, or 0.3 percent, to $83.95 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange and was at $84.01 at 11:39 a.m. Sydney time. The contract fell 1.6 percent yesterday to $84.23, the lowest close since Oct. 7. Prices are up 1 percent this week and 8.1 percent lower this year.

U.S. crude inventories climbed 1.34 million barrels last week and total products supplied, a measure of fuel use, slid an average 364,000 barrels a day to the lowest in four weeks, according to the Energy Department.

Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services cut Spain’s long-term sovereign credit rating to AA- from AA, citing risks to growth prospects.

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