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Brent, U.S. crude initially pare gains after U.S. data released

NEW YORK, Oct 11 (Reuters) - Brent and U.S. crude futures pared some of their strong gains on Thursday after separate reports showed U.S. jobless claims fell last week, while the trade deficit widened in August and import prices rose in September.

Crude futures were up ahead of the data on heightened tensions between Turkey and Syria and the potential threat to oil supply in the region.

Brent crude was up $1.10 at $115.43 a barrel at 8:45 a.m. EDT (1245 GMT), having traded from $114.42 to $115.59. U.S. crude was up $1.24 at $92.49 a barrel, having traded from $91.09 to $92.70.

(Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by Alden Bentley)

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Keywords: ENERGY CRUDE/FUTURES