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Asia: Oil Prices at New Highs

November 21, 2007

By GILLIAN WONG, Associated Press Writer

SINGAPORE – Crude oil prices rose to a new record above $99 a barrel Wednesday, lifted by worries about inadequate supplies as the Northern Hemisphere enters winter and on news of refinery problems.

The declining U.S. dollar and speculation that the Federal Reserve will again cut interest rates also boosted prices. Some investors put their money into oil contracts as a hedge against the dollar, betting that oil gains will offset dollar weakness.

“The market is now really looking at $100 a barrel as the next target to hit,” said Victor Shum, an energy analyst with Purvin & Gertz in Singapore. “The fact that we are having this surge in pricing in this short trading week underscores the strength of this bull run for oil.”

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