The price of oil fell Monday, wiping away some of the gains posted late last week on the heels of a positive U. S. employment report.
Benchmark oil for July delivery fell 42 cents to $95.61 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract for benchmark crude rose $1.27 to close at $96.03 a barrel on the Nymex on Friday.
Commodity markets are torn between relatively healthy economic indicators in the U. S. and softer ones in China.
A jobs report on Friday showed the U. S. economy added 175,000 jobs in May — a steady pace that shows the recovery continues, but also indicates the Federal Reserve will not end its monetary stimulus just yet.
In China, however, lower-than-expected inflation data reflected weak demand in the world's second-largest economy, which is also a major energy consumer.
Brent crude, a benchmark for many international oil varieties, fell 37 cents to $104.19 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.
In other energy futures trading on the Nymex:
— Wholesale gasoline fell 1 cent to $2.86 a gallon.
— Heating oil fell less than 0.1 cent to $2.89 per gallon.
— Natural gas was flat at $3.83 per 1,000 cubic feet.