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By Angeliki Koutantou and Renee Maltezou ATHENS (Reuters) - Former Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras' leftist Syriza will emerge as the biggest party in next month's election but without the majority it was hoping for, the first opinion polls since he resigned last week showed on Friday. One found that almost two thirds of voters felt Tsipras should not have sought a fresh mandate, while three surveys showed that his favored coalition ally, the Independent Greeks party, would not make it into parliament. Syriza was supported by 23 percent of those polled by ProRata for Friday's Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper, with the conservative opposition New Democracy party second on 19.5 percent.
Crude oil prices scored big gains for a second straight day Friday, capping a wild week as traders seemed to view the recent nose-dive as overdone. US benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for October delivery jumped $2.66 (6.3 percent) to finish at $45.22 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.