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The weather continued to move oil prices downwards in the second week of November, as further fair weather in the US calmed traders. In a more broadly benign American environment, both stocks and refinery inputs also rose. However, the heated debate over responsibility for the widely predicted longer-term strength of prices continued, while data on OPEC output showed falling supplies. Spot Brent was trading at $57.66 a barrel on 9 November, compared with $59.13 a barrel a week earlier.