Oil futures saw mixed trading on Thursday, with U.S. benchmark crude ending higher on the heels of news that Saudi Arabia’s OPEC governor expects the kingdom’s crude exports to fall next month in an effort to avoid oversupplying the market. Global benchmark crude prices, however, settled slightly lower following an end to an oil-workers' strike in Norway that began more than a week ago. August West Texas Intermediate crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 70 cents, or 1%, to settle at $69.46 a barrel after touching a low of $67.80. Prices often see volatile trading ahead of a contract expiration. The August contract expires at the end of Friday’s session. Global benchmark September Brent crude however, declined by 32 cents, or 0.4%, to $72.58 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe after trading as high as $73.79. Brent crude prices moved lower around the time the Norwegian Shipowners’ Association announced the end of an oil-workers’ strike in Norway that began on July 10. (source: marketwatch)