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Oil prices rise above $78 a barrel

5 years ago December 01, 2009 Dec 1, 2009 Tuesday, December 01 2009 Tuesday, December 01, 2009 6:30:59 AM CST in News
Source: Associated Press
By: John Pastorek

Oil prices rose above $78 a barrel Tuesday, driven by positive economic data from China, the dollar's weakness against the euro and options on world stock markets.

By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark crude for January delivery was up 85 cents to $78.13 in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

A Chinese industry group released a survey showing manufacturing activity expanded in November for a ninth straight month, a sign oil demand in China may be on the rise.

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