Crude oil revisited levels near multi-month lows on Friday, pressured by a strong dollar, weak demand and ample supplies.
U.S. crude fell in the morning, briefly reversed course but then ended the session barely above its weakest since January. Analysts said oil prices would probably remain under pressure. Some traders cited expectations that U.S. crude stocks will rise in coming weeks during refinery maintenance season. Last week, domestic refinery runs reached their highest rate since Aug. 2005, according to data.
Brent crude for October fell 40 cents to under $98 a barrel, on course for its biggest weekly loss since Aug. 1 and near its weakest in 2 years. The contract expires on Monday, adding to pressure as traders roll positions. The November contract fell 38 cents to $98.48 a barrel. U.S. crude was down 56 cents at $92.27 a barrel.