NEW YORK (AP) - Oil prices rose to near $100 a barrel Friday as worries over global security issues outweighed weak economic data in the U.S.
Benchmark crude rose 21 cents to $99.74 per barrel in New York. Brent crude rose 13 cents to $108.02 per barrel in London.
Trading volume is normally low during the next week as many traders take vacations around the Christmas and New Year's Day holidays. Global oil markets are closed Monday for Christmas.
Average retail gasoline prices rose less than a penny Friday to a national average of $3.22 per gallon.
In other energy trading on the Nymex, natural gas fell 3 cents to $3.14 per 1,000 cubic feet. Heating oil rose about a penny to $2.9234 a gallon.