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Oil rises near $98 even as US economy contracts

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Oil finished near $98 Wednesday, maintaining the momentum that has driven it to four-month highs and pushed up prices at the pump. A report that showed the U.S. economy unexpectedly contracted in the fourth quarter tempered the gains a bit. Still, oil rose 37 cents to finish at $97.94 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That's the ninth increase in the last 11 trading sessions and...

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