Crude oil prices hovered near three-month lows on Thursday, as unexpected growth in U.S. inventories kept downward pressure on the market, while the weaker dollar provided some support. Brent crude, the global oil benchmark, dropped 0.6% to $43.66 a barrel on London’s ICE Futures exchange. On the New York Mercantile Exchange, West Texas Intermediate futures were trading down 0.3% at $41.79 a barrel. A slightly weaker greenback helped underpin the market as it makes oil more attractive in foreign currencies. The WSJ Dollar Index, which compares the dollar to a basket of 16 currencies, showed the greenback was last down 0.36% at 87.33. Oil prices hit a fresh three-month low overnight after the Energy Information Administration data showed a surprise 1.7-million uptick in U.S. crude stockpile, keeping total inventories at a historical high. Gasoline inventories rose by 500,000 barrels, also well above the upper limit of the average range, […]