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U.S. crude settles higher as products lifted by storm threat

NEW YORK, Oct 25 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose on Thursday in choppy trading, snapping a string of five lower settlements, boosted by supportive UK economic data and a rally by refined products futures on concerns about Hurricane Sandy affecting refineries on the East Coast. U.S. December crude rose 32 cents, 0.37 percent, to settle at $86.05 a barrel, having traded from $85.23 to $86.75.

(Reporting by Robert Gibbons)