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Oil rises above $67 amid mixed economic signals

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[August 18, 2009]  VIENNA (AP) -- Oil prices rose above $67 a barrel Tuesday as stock markets rebounded and investors looked for clues to the strength of the global economic recovery.

HardwareBenchmark crude for September delivery was up 81 cents to $67.56 a barrel in midday European trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, the contract fell 76 cents to settle at $66.75.

Crude prices have reversed direction after dropping from above $71 a barrel Friday on investor concerns that recovery from recession may be slow because of weak U.S. consumer demand.

Meanwhile, Germany, France and Japan reported in the last week they emerged from recession in the second quarter.

The Dow Jones industrial average fell 2 percent Monday, but Asian and European indexes rebounded Tuesday. Still, concerns remain about prospects for global economic recovery.

"I think the market was too optimistic about the recovery," said Clarence Chu, a trader with market maker Hudson Capital Energy in Singapore. "It's not a strong rebound yet."

With traders edgy about the direction of the economy -- and crude demand -- trader and analyst Stephen Schork suggested that prices would bounce within a "well defined range between the high $50s and low $70" in the near future."

Investors will be watching if the first hurricane of the year threatens oil installations in the Gulf of Mexico. Hurricane Bill was a Category 2 storm with winds of 100 mph (160 kph) and will likely be near Bermuda by the end of the week, the U.S. National Hurricane Center said.

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"This year is supposed to be a quiet hurricane season, but it only takes one bad one to really drive the market up," Chu said.

In other Nymex trading, gasoline for September delivery slipped marginally at $1.95 a gallon and heating oil gained less than a penny to fetch $1.83. Natural gas for September delivery rose nearly 6 cents to $3.22 per 1,000 cubic feet.

In London, Brent prices rose 65 cents to $71.19 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange.

[Associated Press; By GEORGE JAHN]

Associated Press writer Alex Kennedy contributed to this report from Singapore

Copyright 2009 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.


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