NEW YORK – Oil prices extended their losses Wednesday, a day after plunging nearly $6 a barrel, as oil market traders shifted their attention from tropical weather to a stronger dollar and falling demand for petroleum products.

Light, sweet crude for October delivery fell $1.07 to $108.64 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, after earlier dipping as low as $107.32.

On Tuesday, crude plummeted in a dramatic sell-off after it became clear that Hurricane Gustav had left the U.S. oil infrastructure without major damage. Prices settled at $109.71 a barrel, down $5.75 from the close of trading Friday, before the Labor Day weekend; U.S. floor trading was closed Monday.

At one point Tuesday, crude fell as low as $105.46, its lowest level since April.

Since oil prices reached a record $147.27 on July 11, sentiment among traders has shifted to expect slowing economic growth in the U.S., Europe and Japan will likely spread to developing countries and undermine crude demand.



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