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Oil prices flat

January 31, 2014

! New York , Rabi'I 29, 1435, Jan 30, 2014 , SPA -- The price of oil was little changed Thursday after a big drop in heating oil supplies was offset by the Federal Reserve's decision to further reduce its stimulus, AP reported. Benchmark U.S. crude for March delivery was up 6 cents at $97.42 a barrel at 0835 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange . The contract slipped 5 cents to close at $97.36 on Wednesday. With cold weather expected to dominate forecasts for the next few weeks, refiners will be demanding more crude to produce heating oil. The supply report helped push oil slightly higher Wednesday but that gain disappeared when the Fed, as expected, said it will cut its monthly bond purchases by an additional $10 billion to $65 billion because of a strengthening U.S. economy. Oil prices have been underpinned by the Fed's stimulus because it has kept the dollar from strengthening, making oil more affordable for traders using other currencies. The low interest rates created by the bond buying have also attracted investors to commodities like crude oil in search of higher profits. Brent crude, used to set prices for international varieties of crude, was down 1 cent at $107.84 on the ICE exchange in London . --SPA 11:54 LOCAL TIME 08:54 GMT All Rights Reversed for Saudi Press Agency Provided by , an company

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Source: Saudi Press Agency (Saudi Arabia)

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