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Price of oil drops as uncertainty over Cyprus keeps energy markets on edge

03/21/2013 02:33 EDT | Updated 05/21/2013 05:12 EDT
NEW YORK, N.Y. - The price of oil fell one per cent Thursday as the financial crisis in Cyprus overhung the market.

Benchmark oil for May delivery dropped $1.05 to finish at $92.45 a barrel in New York.

European jitters have escalated since the government in Cyprus rejected a bailout plan Tuesday that would have taxed bank deposits. Without a bailout deal, some of Cyprus' banks could collapse, devastating the country's economy and potentially forcing it to exit the euro currency.

Brent crude, used to price many kinds of oil imported by U.S. refineries, fell $1.25 to $107.47 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.

In the U.S., the average price for a gallon of gasoline dropped a penny to $3.69. That's 17 cents below a year ago, when oil was trading at $107 a barrel.

In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:

— Wholesale gasoline fell five cents to $3.07 a gallon.

— Heating oil was flat at cents to $2.90 a gallon.

— Natural gas fell three cents to $3.94 per 1,000 cubic feet.

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Pamela Sampson in Bangkok and Pablo Gorondi in Budapest contributed to this report.

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