New York -- Crude oil prices eased back Thursday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, sliding under $82 per barrel, as stock markets on Wall Street closed mixed.
The trading tone was set with the Bank of England and the European Central Bank keeping their lending rates intact at 0.5 percent and 1 percent, respectively. Currency rates, which shifted when the Bank of Japan lowered its overnight lending rate to zero to 0.1 percent this week, had triggered a run up in commodities most of the week. The correction in oil prices came Thursday.
The dollar index, at nearly 87 in June was flat in Thursday's trading, up 0.02 percent.
The index measures the dollar against six major currencies with a pro-rated formula.