The price of oil fell below $102 a barrel Thursday after official figures showed U.S. crude production at a 28-year high and stockpiles rising again.
By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for June delivery was down 43 cents at $101.94 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Wednesday, the Nymex contract rose 67 cents to close at $102.37.
Brent crude, a benchmark for international oil grades, was down 15 cents to $109.16 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
The declines came in the wake of figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing that domestic crude production reached 8.428 million barrels during the week ended May 9. That was the highest level since October 1986. At the same time, crude stockpiles rose by 900,000 barrels last week, while analysts had been expecting a drop.
A stronger dollar also weighed on prices, making crude priced in dollars more expensive — and a less attractive investment — for traders using other currencies.
Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency raised its forecast for 2014 global crude demand to 92.8 million barrels a day, 65,000 barrels a day more than its previous forecast a month ago.
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