NEW YORK, Nov 5 (Reuters) - The number of horizontal rigs drilling for oil and natural gas in the United States rose by 24 to a record high of 943 this week, oil services firm Baker Hughes said on Friday.
Horizontal rigs -- the type most often used to extract gas from shale -- easily eclipsed the previous record high of 929 hit in early October.
Analysts estimate that two-thirds of horizontal rigs are drilling for natural gas, and these comprise part of the overall rig count. The rest are drilling for oil.
The overall gas-directed rig count fell by 12 this week to 955, below the 18-month high of 992 hit in mid-August. (Reporting by Joe Silha; Editing by David Gregorio)