Oil futures dropped by nearly 5% Thursday to book their lowest settlement in two months. Worries about a potential slowdown in energy demand and a weekly decline in U.S. crude inventories that was smaller than some expected put pressure on prices, despite data showing a sizable weekly decline in domestic oil output. August WTI crude fell $2.29, or 4.8%, to settle at $45.14 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was the lowest settlement since May 10.
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