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Oil price falls below $98 as dollar strengthens

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The price of oil fell below $98 a barrel Thursday amid reduced trading volumes and the impact of a strengthening dollar. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark oil for February delivery was down 72 cents to $97.70 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract fell 87 cents to close the year at $98.42. Markets were closed Wednesday for New Year's Day. The Nymex...