U.S. crude settles slightly lower, but posts weekly gain

NEW YORK Fri Jan 25, 2013 2:44pm EST

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NEW YORK Jan 25 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures edged lower on Friday after choppy trading as profit-taking pulled crude prices back from highs, but front-month crude posted a seventh straight weekly gain.

U.S. crude fell 7 cents, or 0.07 percent, to settle at $95.88 a barrel, having traded from $95.43 to $96.56.

For the week, U.S. crude futures posted a gain of 32 cents, or 0.3 percent. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons)