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U.S. central bankers are sharply divided over whether to increase interest rates again this year amid persistently weak inflation, but some would prefer a hike, according to minutes released Wednesday.The U.S. stock market has enjoyed a record-breaking bull run since March 2009 on the back of ultra-low Federal Reserve interest rates.The bumper stock gains have continued this year despite two Fed rate hikes – and the increasing prospect of another one in December.Both major oil contracts, Brent and WTI, were down by well 1.5 percent or more by the end of the European trading day, with news of falling weekly U.S. oil stocks doing little to lift sentiment.
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