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Oil Falls as European Finance Ministers Meet on Greece: Report

Oil dropped as euro-area finance ministers met to negotiate a bailout payment for Greece and as American leaders prepared to wrestle with a budget agreement, Bloomberg reported.

Futures fell as much as 1.1%, the report said, as officials gathered in Brussels to discuss Greek aid less than a week after a meeting failed to yield an agreement. Republicans and Democrats in the U.S. need to find a budget compromise to avoid triggering $607 billion in tax gains and spending cuts in January that the Congressional Budget Office said could lead to a recession.

Crude oil for January delivery declined 92 cents, or 1%, to $87.36 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Prices are down 12% this year.

Brent oil for January settlement fell 91 cents, or 0.8%, to $110.47 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange.

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