Oil rises slightly on unrest in the Middle East
NEW YORK - The price of oil is slightly higher as worries about unrest in the Middle East are offset by new predictions of falling demand.
Benchmark oil rose 1 cent Friday to $92.08 per barrel. Brent crude fell 83 cents to $113.84 per barrel in London.
Oil prices have been rising as tensions between Syria and Turkey increase, with cross-border shelling from Syria's civil war potentially threatening a crucial supply route.
That is being tempered by a new International Energy Agency report that predicts slower growth in demand for oil in 2012.
At the pump, AAA says the national average price for gasoline fell less than a penny overnight to $3.81 per gallon. That's about 5 cents less than a month ago.