U.S. Oil Benchmark Ends Above $51 First Time Since July

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Oil futures ended solidly higher Wednesday, with the U.S. benchmark closing above $51 a barrel for the first time since July 2015. West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery rose 87 cents, or 1.7%, to finish at $51.23 a barrel. Oil was buoyed by a drop in weekly crude inventories, continued supply disruptions in Nigeria, and strong data on oil imports by China.

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