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Oil Rises a Third Day on Greek Debt Swap, U.S. Economy

March 09, 2012

Oil remained higher in New York after a report showed employers in the U.S. boosted payrolls more than forecast in February while the jobless rate held steady.

Crude gained as much as 0.8 percent. Payrolls rose 227,000, following a revised 284,000 gain in January that was bigger than first estimated, Labor Department figures showed today in Washington. Job growth over the last six months was the strongest since 2006. The median projection of economists in a Bloomberg News survey called for a 210,000 rise in February employment.

“There’s been more optimistic news from the U.S. coming out lately,” Thina Saltvedt, an analyst at Nordea Bank AB (NDA) in Oslo, said by phone. “It seems the numbers were fairly in line with expectations.”

Crude for April delivery advanced as much as 84 cents to $107.42 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was at $106.85 at 1:41 p.m. in London.

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