Oil prices were mixed on Wednesday, with Brent extending the previous session’s rise, but gains were kept in check amid growing fears over the impact of a global economic slowdown on demand. Brent added 16 cents, or 0.2 percent, to $68.13 by 0706 GMT, reversing earlier losses, and was not far off its year-to-date high of $68.69 reached last week. U.S. crude futures were down 3 cents at $59.91 after spending much of the session in positive territory. The U.S. benchmark rose 1.9 percent in the previous session. “We seem to have reached a state of equilibrium after the recent headline-driven choppy trading and we need to see some new impetus for price direction,” said Jeff Halley, senior market analyst at […]