Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke took the air out of a rally in the price of oil Thursday when he gave no signal of imminent action to help the U.S. economy. Here is how energy contracts traded:
On the New York Mercantile Exchange:
Benchmark crude fell 20 cents to finish at $84.82 per barrel.
Heating oil dropped 0.46 cent to end at $2.6671 per gallon.
Gasoline fell 0.53 cent to finish at $2.6850 per gallon.
Natural gas dropped 14.7 cents to end at $2.2740 per 1,000 cubic feet.
On the ICE Futures exchange in London:
Brent crude fell 71 cents to end at $99.93 per barrel.