Natural-gas futures log lowest finish since 2016; oil prices post a second weekly decline

Natural-gas futures log lowest finish since 2016; oil prices post a second weekly decline

Natural-gas futures fell Friday as ample U.S. supplies and forecasts for milder-than-normal weather in much of the nation pushed prices to their lowest finish since May 2016. Oil futures, meanwhile, ended slightly higher Friday, but marked a weekly decline for a second week. February natural gas lost 7.4 cents, or 3.6%, to settle at $2.003 per million British thermal units, with prices down about 9% for the week, according to FactSet data. February West Texas Intermediate oil added 2 cents, or 0.03%, to settle at $58.54 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, with front-month contract prices down nearly 0.9% from the week-ago finish.

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