U.S. oil futures settle above $50 for the first time in 11 months

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Oil futures climbed on Wednesday, with U.S. prices settling above $50 a barrel for the first time since last February, buoyed by a fourth straight decline in U.S. crude inventories, as well as Saudi Arabia’s decision to cut its output by an additional 1 million barrels per day starting next month. February West Texas Intermediate crude rose 70 cents, or 1.4%, to settle at $50.63 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
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