Benchmark US crude for January delivery rose $3.01 to $77.94 a barrel on Wednesday. Brent crude for January delivery fell $2.95 to $85.41 a barrel.
Wholesale gasoline for December deliveries fell 7 cents to $2.47 a gallon. Heating oil in December fell 11 cents to $3.36 a gallon. Natural gas rose 53 cents to $7.31 per 1,000 cubic feet in December.