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February 4, 2014

West Texas intermediate (WTI) crude declined yesterday, after manufacturing gauges in China and the US dropped, signalling reduced fuel demand. Brent for March settlement decreased 99c to $105.41 a barrel (R7.42 a litre) on the London -based ICE Futures Europe exchange in the afternoon. WTI dropped 94c to $96.55 by 11.13am on the New York Mercantile Exchange . WTI's discount to Brent shrank to the narrowest level since October last year. Futures decreased as much as 1 percent. The Institute for Supply Management's US factory index dropped more than forecast last month. China's purchasing managers' index slid to a six-month low last month, a sign that government efforts to rein in credit will cool growth in the biggest oil-consuming country after the US. "Continuing worries about the global economy are putting pressure on prices," John Kilduff at Again Capital in New York said. - Bloomberg Pretoria News

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Source: Pretoria News (South Africa)

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