Singapore: Crude prices retreated in Asia on Friday as traders took profit from an overnight rally sparked by Greek talk of scrapping its debt rescue referendum and the ECB's interest rate cut, analysts said.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in December, fell 35 cents to USD 93.72 per barrel. Brent North Sea crude for December delivery shed 30 cents to USD 110.53.
Crude markets fell as traders were raking in the fruits of an overnight rally, said Victor Shum, senior principal of Purvin and Gertz energy consultants in Singapore.
"We are seeing some profit-taking this morning after the spikes yesterday in oil futures," he told AFP.
"It shot up quite a bit, the futures reacting to the news that Greece has scrapped its referendum vote and the European Central Bank (ECB) had cut interest rates," Shum added.
Greek Prime Minister George Papandreou yesterday said he was ready to drop a planned referendum on a eurozone debt rescue package which had infuriated European leaders and caused equities markets to nosedive in the past few days.
Together with the ECB's unexpected shearing of a key interest rate from 1.50 per cent to 1.25 per cent to calm the region's fragile economies, the moves sent equities markets as well as crude and the euro soaring.
But Shum warned that crude markets could fall further as current price levels were not consistent with the economic outlook for the US and Europe.