Oil prices ease but remain elevated

Oil prices ease yet remain elevated

Oil prices fell further Monday as concern approximately Ukraine eased yet still were elevated on anxiety approximately the Middle East.

Prices rose last week on fears stemming from the escalating crisis in Ukraine & Israel's offensive in Gaza, though analysts said the likelihood of disruption in supplies was small.

Benchmark U.S. crude for August delivery was down 32 cents to $102.81 per barrel at 0730 GMT in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That added to a 6 cent decline on Friday to $103.13.

p>Brent crude for September delivery, a benchmark for international oils, gave up 30 cents to $106.94 on the ICE exchange in London.

Washington announced new sanctions last Wednesday on Russia, including its biggest oil company, over Moscow's support for separatist forces in Ukraine.

On Thursday, a Malaysia Airlines jetliner was shot down in Ukraine, raising concern a possible Western response might disrupt Russian oil exports, yet those fears have eased.

Israel's offensive into Gaza intensified turmoil in the Middle East, the world's most significant oil-producing region, rattling markets.

In other Nymex trading:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 0.3 cent to $2.838 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 7.8 cents to $3.873 per 1,000 cubic feet.

— Heating oil gained 0.4 cent to $2.862 a gallon.

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Source: “Associated Press”

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