NEW YORK, July 25 (Reuters) - Brent crude futures extended
gains to more than $1 on Wednesday, shrugging off rising U.S.
inventories, on concerns about Middle East turmoil, especially
the violence in Syria, and hopes for stimulus from the U.S.
Brent September crude was up 99 cents at $104.41 a
barrel at 2:29 p.m. EDT (1829 GMT), having traded from $102.10
(Reporting by Robert Gibbons)