Oil Futures Fall Further After Baker Hughes Reports Rise In U.S. Rig Counts

By Myra P. SaefongMarketsMarketWatch Pulse

Oil futures lost more ground Friday after Baker Hughes showed that the weekly number of active U.S. rigs drilling for crude rose by 9 to 325 as of Friday. The total U.S. rig count climbed by 4 to 408. July crude was at $48.35 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, down 82 cents, or 1.7%, from Thursday's settlement. It was trading at $48.70 before the data.

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