Oil futures finished higher Wednesday after the Energy Information Administration reported U.S. crude inventories fell 6.5 million barrels last week, the ninth decline in a row. However, mounting geopolitical tensions between the U.S. and North Korea as the two countries exchanged a war of words limited crude prices from gaining further. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in September gained 39 cents, or 0.8%, to settle at $49.56.
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