U.S. oil futures end slightly higher as the U.S. Gulf Coast braces for Hurricane Laura

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U.S. oil futures finished just a few pennies higher on Wednesday, failing to find much support from a fifth straight weekly fall in U.S. crude supplies. Traders waited for more information as to what sort of impact Laura, which is now a dangerous category 4 hurricane, has on the Gulf of Mexico region’s energy infrastructure when it makes landfall later Wednesday. October West Texas Intermediate oil rose 4 cents, or 0.09%, to settle at $43.39 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, holding ground at the highest front-month contract finish since March 5, according to FactSet data.
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