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Investing.com - Crude oil futures edged lower on Friday, as a rise in U.S. inventories weighed on the commodity, while markets were still digesting Thursday''s disappointing U.S. economic growth report.



On the New York Mercantile Exchange, U.S. crude oil for delivery in July traded at $103.38 a barrel during European morning trade, down 0.17%.



Prices gained 0.84% on Thursday to settle at $103.58.



Futures were likely to find support at $102.61 a barrel, Thursday''s low and resistance at $104.39 a barrel, the high from May 28.



Oil prices came under pressure after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported on Thursday that crude oil inventories rose by 1.657 million barrels last week after falling 7.226 million barrels the week before.



Analysts were expecting crude inventories to rise by 483,000 barrels, though the greater-than-expected build didn''t send prices falling due to bullish gasoline figures.



Separately, the Bureau of Economic Analysis on Thursday said U.S. gross domestic product contracted 1.0% in the first quarter, after the preliminary estimate showed growth of 0.1%. Market expectations had been for a 0.5% contraction. It was the first decline in U.S. GDP since the first quarter of 2011.



However, the Department of Labor reported that the number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week fell by 27,000 to 300,000, compared to expectations for a decline of 9,000.



Elsewhere, on the ICE Futures Exchange, Brent oil for July delivery dipped 0.03% to trade at $110.07 a barrel, with the spread between the Brent and crude contracts standing at $6.69 a barrel.





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