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On Wall Street, airline stocks took a beating as oil prices resumed their climb, with benchmark light, sweet crude rising $1.38 to settle at $132.19 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.

Shares of UAL, Delta, Northwest and US Airways Group Inc. each reached their lowest points since the carriers emerged from bankruptcy protection, while AirTran shares were trading at their lowest point in more than five years. AMR shares hit a multiyear low Wednesday.