Brent crude settles lower in thin trading ahead of holiday

Reuters Middle East24 December 2012

NEW YORK, Dec 24 (Reuters) - Brent crude futures edged lower

on Monday in an abbreviated session before the Christmas

holiday, with thin trading volume the main feature as oil prices

felt pressure as U.S. budget talks stayed deadlocked.

Brent February crude fell 17 cents, or 0.16 percent,

to settle at $108.80 a barrel, having traded from $108.13 to

$109.22.

(Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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