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Oil prices gain after bullish US jobs report
World oil prices pushed higher Friday after a solid jobs report for November signaled unexpected strength in the US economy.
The US unemployment rate fell sharply to 7.0 percent from 7.3 percent in October, and the number of jobs generated last month, 203,000, was well above expectations.
New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in January, added 27 cents to close at $97.65 a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for January finished at $111.61 a barrel, up 63 cents from Thursday's close.
The European benchmark Brent retained broad support from concerns about a supply disruption in the North Sea.
Fierce winter storms continued to batter northern Europe with hurricane-force winds Friday, leaving at least 10 people dead and hundreds of thousands suffering power blackouts and road, rail and air transport chaos.
The US WTI strength came from the jobs numbers, which together with other data have suggested economic growth is firming, a good sign for the country's huge oil market.
"Overall this report ratifies the argument that the economy is seeing very stable growth, and is poised for an acceleration in 2014 as some of the factors that hurt growth in 2013 dissipate," said Doug Handler, chief US economist at IHS Global Insight.