Oil Futures Remain Lower As Baker Hughes Reports Small Decline In U.S. Oil-rig Count

By Myra P. Saefong Markets MarketWatch Pulse

Oil futures remained lower on Friday after data from Baker Hughes revealed that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell by 2 to 441 rigs this week. That marks the first weekly decline since June. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes oil and natural-gas rigs, climbed by 4 to 557, Baker Hughes said. December crude fell 54 cents, or 1.1%, to $49.17 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, trading close to the same level it was at before the rig data.

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