Benchmark US crude for March delivery rose 86 cents to $81.01 a barrel on Thursday. Brent crude for March deliveries rose $1.35 to $87.47 a barrel.

Wholesale gasoline for delivery in February rose 2 cents to $2.61 a gallon. Heating oil rose 4 cents in February to $3.40 a gallon. Natural gas fell 13 cents in February to $2.94 per 1,000 cubic feet.