Oil prices surged for the fifth day on Wednesday as anti-government protests in North Africa spread to the oil exporting nation of Libya. Crude oil prices were approaching $100 a barrel in New York. Traders were shorting the dollar and going long in gold as a safe haven. Shares of airline companies, some of which announced they were raising fares due the rise in fuel prices, were falling. American Airlines was off 5 percent and Delta 2.5 percent. Southwest and JetBlue were also in negative territory.