Dec 16 (Reuters) - Hess Corp said fourth quarter profit will be lower on a sequential basis due to a drop in oil prices and output will be lower than it had previously forecast.
Hess said the average price it received for its crude oil fell to $98.65 per barrel in the first two months of the fourth quarter, down from $104.95 in the third quarter.
The U.S. oil and natural gas company also said it now expects fourth-quarter production to average 310,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boed), down 3 percent from its prior forecast. The decrease reflects an asset sale, Hess said.
Shares of Hess rose 13 cents to $79.08 in morning New York Stock Exchange trading.