1/24/97 -- 5:20 PM

Oil Prices,0169


NEW YORK (AP) - Heating oil futures prices rose along with natural gas during a quiet trading session Friday on forecasts for colder weather in the northeastern United States.

Home heating oil for delivery in February rose 0.42 cent per gallon to settle at 66.77 cents on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That came after it lost 0.54 cent the prior session.

``Heating oil was oversold; colder weather helped it,'' said Peter Beutel, an oil industry analyst at Cameron Hanover Inc.

Natural gas contracts for delivery in February gained 3.0 cents per 1,000 cubic feet to settle at $2.824.

Light sweet crude oil for delivery in March fell 13 cents a barrel to close at $24.05. Unleaded gasoline for February delivery settled at 67.75 cents a gallon, down 0.67 cent.

In London, March delivery of North Sea Brent Blend crude oil settled at $22.26 per barrel, down 16 cents, at the International Petroleum Exchange.

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