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Oil prices firm on strong China demand, signs of U.S. output slowdown

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By Henning GloysteinSINGAPORE (Reuters) - Oil prices strengthened on Monday, supported by a slowdown in the growth of rigs looking for crude in the United States and because of strong refinery demand from China. Brent crude futures, the international benchmark for oil prices, were at $49.04 per barrel at 0353 GMT, up 13 cents, or 0.3 percent, from their last close.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $46.64 per barrel, up 10 cents, or 0.2 percent.Both crudes extended gains from strong performances last week. Traders and analysts said the rising prices were a result of ...

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First Published: Mon, July 17 2017. 09:45 IST