Oil prices soared Friday for the second day in a row, notching the biggest two-day percentage gain since 2009 as traders who had bet on lower prices scrambled to close out those wagers. Oil prices had surged Thursday on positive U.S. economic data, news that some Nigerian exports would be halted and a report that Venezuela wanted an emergency meeting of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to respond to low prices. The market momentum continued Friday in the anticipation that monthly U.S. government data due for release Monday would show a continued decline in domestic crude production. Analysts attributed most of the rally Friday to traders closing out bets made after the U.S. benchmark had slumped below $40 a barrel earlier this week for the first time since 2009. On Friday, light, sweet crude for October delivery settled up $2.66, or 6.2%, to $45.22 a barrel […]