The price of oil recouped some recent losses today as traders calmed down from earlier jitters about an oil supply glut amid slipping gasoline demand.
Benchmark U.S. oil for February
delivery was up 79 cents to $92.45 a barrel in electronic trading
on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract fell 67 cents to $91.66 on
Thursday, its lowest close in eight months.
Bargain-hunting kicked in following two days of decline
that was sparked by the U.S. Energy Department's report that supplies of
gasoline rose by 6.2 million barrels last week. The jump of nearly 3 percent
may be a possible sign of falling gasoline demand.