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Oil gains on bigger-than-expected drop in U.S. crude stocks

Oil prices rose on Wednesday after U.S. crude inventories dropped more than analysts expected, strengthening hopes of a fuel demand recovery in the world’s biggest economy. Brent crude rose 0.3%, or 15 cents, at $44.65 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate oil gained 0.2%, or 9 cents, at $41.70 per barrel. The American Petroleum Institute…