U.S. crude settles higher as gasoline futures surge 2 percent

NEW YORK Mon Jan 28, 2013 2:42pm EST

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NEW YORK Jan 28 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose on Monday in choppy trading, lifted by supportive durable goods data and by strong gasoline futures, which rose 2 percent on Hess Corp's plans to shut a refinery in the Northeast.

U.S. March crude rose 56 cents, or 0.58 percent, to settle at $96.44 a barrel, having traded from $95.47 to $96.81.

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