Oil futures continued to decline on Friday after data from Baker Hughes revealed that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil rose by 9 to 450 rigs this week. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes oil and natural-gas rigs, climbed by 12 to 569, Baker Hughes said. December crude was down 64 cents, or 1.4%, to $44.02 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, holding near the level it traded at before the rig data.
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