Oil futures finished higher on Friday, with U.S. prices up tallying a ninth consecutive weekly climb — the longest streak of weekly gains for front-month crude on record, based on data going back to April 1983, according to Dow Jones Market Data. Analysts attributed oil’s price gains to easing travel restrictions, as well as a slow recovery in U.S. crude output and expectations for higher energy demand for the upcoming holiday season. West Texas Intermediate crude for December delivery rose $1.26, or 1.5%, to settle at $83.76 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, prices based on the front month rose 2.5%.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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