Baker Hughes BKR on Friday reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil fell by 5 to 570 this week. That marked a fourth straight week of declines in the number of oil rigs. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes those drilling for natural gas, declined by 9 to stand at 711, according to Baker Hughes. The number of active natural-gas drilling rigs stood at 137, down by 4 rigs. Oil prices traded higher in Friday dealings, with July West Texas Intermediate crude contract CLN23 up 70 cents, or 1%, at $72.53 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Market Pulse Stories are Rapid-fire, short news bursts on stocks and markets as they move. Visit MarketWatch.com for more information on this news.
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