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Baker Hughes data show U.S. oil-rig count up a 9th week in a row

Myra P. Saefong

Baker Hughes on Friday reported that the number of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil rose by 2 to 289 this week. That followed increases in each of the last eight weeks. The total active U.S. rig count, which includes those drilling for natural gas, was also up by 5 to 378, according to Baker Hughes. March West Texas Intermediate crude continued to trade sharply lower following the data, losing 75 cents, or 1.4%, to $52.38 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.