Oil prices fell Friday (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/crude-oil-slides-for-6th-day-and-heads-for-76-weekly-slump-2018-02-09), with the U.S. benchmark marking its lowest settlement in seven weeks. A report from Baker Hughes (BHGE) on Friday revealed that the number (http://www.marketwatch.com/story/oil-prices-fall-further-as-baker-hughes-reports-a-jump-in-the-us-oil-rig-count-2018-02-09) of active U.S. rigs drilling for oil climbed by 26--the largest weekly rise in more than a year. The uptick in drilling activity fed concerns about growing U.S. production. March West Texas Intermediate crude fell $1.95, or 3.2%, to settle at $59.20 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Steep losses in the global stock market this week also contributed to oil's losses.
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