Oil prices fall on rising U.S. output

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Oil prices fell Tuesday on rising U.S. output and a stronger U.S. dollar.

U.S. crude oil production averaged an estimated 8.9 million barrels per day in 2016. The country’s crude oil production is forecast to average 9 million barrels per day in 2017 and 9.5 million barrels per day in 2018, the country’s Energy Information Administration said in its monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook released Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the dollar edged up against most major currencies on Tuesday, bolstered by technical buying.

A stronger dollar makes greenback-dominated commodities like crude oil more expensive to holders of other currencies.

The West Texas Intermediate for March Delivery erased 0.84 dollars to settle at 52.17 dollars a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, while Brent crude for April delivery decreased 0.67 dollars to close at 55.05 dollars a barrel on the London ICE Futures Exchange. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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