Oil Prices Gain More Ground As U.S. Oil-rig Count Falls a Fifth Week

By Myra P. Saefong Markets MarketWatch Pulse

Oil futures gained more ground after data from Baker Hughes showed that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for crude fell by 8 to 343 as of Friday, down a fifth straight week. The total U.S. rig count fell 9 to 431. June crude was at $43.72 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, up 54 cents, or 1.3%. It was trading at $43.60 before the data.

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