Oil prices were mixed in early trade on Thursday, just clinging to overnight gains, as concerns about weak fuel demand were in the frame again after Hurricane Sally blasted through the Gulf of Mexico into the southeastern United States.

US West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were flat at $40.16 a barrel at 0118 GMT, after jumping 4.9 per cent on Wednesday.

Brent crude futures gained 5 cents, or 0.1 per cent, to $42.27 a barrel, after climbing 4.2 per cent on Wednesday.

Prices were mostly in negative ground in early trade after a bigger than expected rise in US distillate stockpiles, which include diesel and heating oil, raised alarm about fuel demand in the world’s biggest economy.

“Distillate demand … is a key point of concern,” Commonwealth Bank commodities analyst Vivek Dhar said in a note.

Distillate stockpiles rose by 3.5 million barrels last week, US Energy Information Administration

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  • Two veteran United flight attendants are suing the airline for discriminating against employees based on their physical attributes by only staffing athletic team charter flights with young, blond crews, Bloomberg reported.
  • The flight attendants, which Bloomberg identified as a Black woman and a Jewish woman who have both worked at United for more than 28 years, said they could not work on the charter flights because they were not on the “preferred” list.
  • The complaint says young, white, blond flight attendants with less experience were able to work the flights in an example of the airline valuing employees based “entirely on their racial and physical attributes, and stereotypical notions of sexual allure,” according to Bloomberg.
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A lawsuit against United Airlines claims that the airline staffs professional team charter flights with young, blond crew members and restricts flight attendants who do not fall into this

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When Andy Georgescu, the U.S. marketing communications manager at Ford Motor Co., traveled to Jackson Hole, Wyo., in June for a TV advertisement shoot, he and his peers booked separate flights, car rentals and hotels.

The typical bustle of directors, set producers, lighting specialists, marketers and ad agency staff was replaced by a smaller, quieter scene. Everything was tailored to avoid a crew-wide outbreak of Covid-19, which could take down a costly production.

“There’s no doubt how we produce content is getting rethought,” Mr. Georgescu said.

When the coronavirus pandemic swept across the globe, the lights went out on Madison Avenue’s large, pricey commercial shoots. Brands wrangled ads from old footage and relied heavily on animation, user-generated content and new technology to render scenes digitally.

Now, marketers are eager to get back to their productions, but they

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