Brent crosses $95/b threshold as US consumption surges


Oil prices surged on Wednesday as U.S. crude exports hit an all-time high and as the nation's refiners operated at higher-than-usual levels for this time of year.

Brent crude futures for December were up $2.16, or 2.3%, at $95.68 a barrel as of 11:01 a.m. EDT (1501 GMT). U.S. West Texas...