U.S. crude turns higher after Imperial refinery fire alarm

NEW YORK, March 27 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures turned

higher on Wednesday in choppy trading after news broke that

Imperial Oil Ltd issued an alert for a fire at the site

of its 121,000 barrel per day refinery near Sarnia, Ontario.

U.S. May crude was up 10 cents at $96.44 a barrel at

1:33 p.m. EDT (1733 GMT), having traded from $95.58 to $96.49.

(Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by Gerald E. McCormick)

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