U.S. crude futures settle higher after choppy trading

NEW YORK Tue Feb 19, 2013 2:46pm EST

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NEW YORK Feb 19 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures rose on Tuesday in choppy trading on support from stronger equities on Wall Street, ahead of the front-month March crude contract's expiration on Wednesday.

U.S. March crude rose 80 cents, or 0.83 percent, to settle at $96.66 a barrel, having traded from $95.25 to $96.73. (Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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