Oil prices diverged Thursday, with Brent rising after a power outage closed the UK’s largest oilfield and following data showing a fall in crude inventories and strong demand from refineries in the United States.
Meanwhile, U.S. crude futures came under pressure, with traders citing a report by research firm Genscape that forecast inventory builds at the Cushing, Oklahoma delivery point for benchmark West Texas Intermediate.
U.S. light crude, also known as West Texas Intermediate or WTI, closed down 50 cents, or about 1 percent, at $50.91 a barrel. Brent crude for August was up 70 cents at $57.70 a barrel.
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