Oil hits 2009 high, holds above $75


Ben Rooney
CNNMoney
October 14, 2009

[efoods]Oil prices surged above $75 a barrel Wednesday for the first time this year as the U.S. dollar remained weak and investors bet that global energy demand is poised to recover.

Crude for November delivery rose $1.03, or 1.39%, and settled at $75.18 a barrel, after climbing to a high of $75.40 a barrel earlier in the session. The last time oil prices ended trading above $75 was exactly one year ago when they settled at $78.63.

Wednesday was the first time oil rose above $75 a barrel in 2009 and comes after prices traded between $65 and $75 a barrel since May.

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