Oil prices hold pattern as huge Gulf of Mexico storm shuts output

By Sonali Paul MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Oil prices were in a holding pattern on Thursday as a massive storm in the Gulf of Mexico raced towards the heart of the U.S. oil industry, forcing oil rigs and refineries to shut, with little impact expected on supply as oil stockpiles remain high. U.S.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures fell 4 cents, or 0.1%, to $43.35 a barrel by 0148 GMT, erasing Wednesday's slight rise. Brent crude futures for October, which expire on Friday, inched up 5 cents to $45.69 a barrel after falling.

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