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Oil prices fell today as the HSBC Flash China manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI) for September was 47.8, below the 50-mark, and Saudi Arabia continued its commitment to keep oil prices from rising too much.

The PMI was, however, higher than the nine-month low of 47.6, which was reported in August 2012.

Brent November crude fell by 32 cents to $107.84 a barrel, continuing its fourth day of losses.

US October crude, which expires later today, also fell $1.01 at $90.97 a barrel, after data revealed that crude stockpiles rose more than expected to 8.5 million barrels last week, due to a surge in imports by 1.28 million barrels a day to hit 9.81 million barrels each day.

Last week, Saudi oil minister Ali-al Naimi said the nation will take necessary action to calm rising prices, reports Reuters.

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