Oil down on ample supplies, weak demand

Oil falls as sluggish demand, ample supplies put pressure on crude prices

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Oil falls to lowest level since July

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FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, file photo, people wait in line with containers to purchase gasoline at filling station in Metuchen, N.J. The price of oil is slightly higher Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, as investors remain cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election. They're also assessing how much demand for oil has dropped in the storm-stricken Northeast. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

BANGKOK (AP) -- Oil prices retreated Wednesday after a big jump the day before, weighed down by the outlook for ample supplies and weak demand.

Benchmark crude for December delivery was down 53 cents to $88.18 per barrel at late afternoon Bangkok time in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract rose $3.06, or 3.5 percent, to finish at $88.71 in New York.

U.S. benchmark crude oil prices are expected to be almost 5 percent lower in 2013 than previously forecast amid a sluggish economy, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a report. U.S. daily oil production is projected to rise 8.2 percent from 2012 and the highest since 1993, the EIA said.

Ample supplies and reduced demand combined to put pressure on oil prices.

"Having been arguably too expensive, it has adjusted down to a more neutral price," said Ric Spooner, chief market analyst, CMC Markets in Sydney.

Brent crude, which is used to price international varieties of oil, fell 38 cents to $110.69 on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

Other energy futures rose in New York trading:

— Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent to $2.689 a gallon.

— Heating oil fell 0.9 cent to $3.044 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell 4 cents $3.577 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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