Oil futures settle lower for the day, but gain for the week

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Oil futures settled lower on Friday on the back of weaker global demand forecasts, but declines in U.S. crude supplies helped prices tally a gain for the week. Right now, “fundamentals are not looking favorable for crude,” with pressure from both the supply and demand sides of the market,” said James Hatzigiannis, chief market strategist Ploutus Capital Advisors. Prices will likely “be coiling around this area until we see a big catalyst…leading to risk on or risk off sentiment.” September West Texas Intermediate oil fell by 23 cents, or 0.5%, to settle at $42.01 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Front-month prices rose 1.9% for the week.
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