Benchmark U.S. crude oil for January delivery rose $3.01 to $77.94 a barrel Wednesday. Brent crude for January delivery fell $2.95 to $85.41 a barrel.
Wholesale gasoline for December delivery fell 7 cents to $2.47 a gallon. December heating oil fell 11 cents to $3.36 a gallon. December natural gas rose 53 cents to $7.31 per 1,000 cubic feet.