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Oil inches up as 'cliff' deadline approaches

Oil inches up as 'cliff' deadline approaches

Oil prices are up slightly Monday after U.S. political leaders indicated they are closer to a compromise, just hours ahead of the "fiscal cliff" deadline.
Benchmark oil for February is up 49 cents to $91.29 per barrel in morning trading in New York. The contract fell 7 cents to finish at $90.80 per barrel on Friday.
Negotiators for the White House and congressional Republicans in Congress, working against a midnight deadline, narrowed their differences Monday on legislation to avert across-the-board tax increases and spending cuts set to trigger on Jan. 1.
But Republicans and Democrats remain divided over how to avert the so-called "fiscal cliff," and it appears likely that financial markets will start 2013 without a clear picture of the budget policy of the U.S. economy.


Updated : 2021-06-13 22:23 GMT+08:00