Crude oil prices slipped to less than $86 a barrel Wednesday on the New York Mercantile Exchange, following a downturn in stocks in Asia and Europe.
West Texas Intermediate crude oil dropped $1.63 to $85.55 a barrel. Home heating oil was off 2.79 cents to $2.9968 a gallon while reformulated blendstock gasoline lost 3.32 cents to $2.6624 a gallon. Henry Hub natural gas was off 1.33 cent to $3.759 per million British thermal units.
At the pump, AAA reported regular unleaded gasoline selling for $3.415 per gallon, down from Tuesday's $3.419.