Singapore: US crude fell to a five-month low near USD 94 a barrel on earlier Asian trade Tuesday.
Oil for June delivery was down 44 cents to USD 94.34 a barrel, the lowest since December on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
The contract fell USD 1.35 to settle at USD 94.78 in New York yesterday.
Brent crude for July delivery was down 45 cents at USD 110.55 per barrel in London.
This week, traders are worrying that Greece's inability to form a government after recent elections could worsen that country's debt crisis and deep recession, and undermine confidence throughout Europe.
"Greece's struggle to form a new government has moved to center stage," energy trader and consultant Ritterbusch and Associates said in a report. "The possibility of a significant economic slowdown in European economic activity is prompting contagion fears."
Oil investors are also taking their cues from global stock markets, which have slumped so far this month. The Dow Jones industrial average fell 1 per cent yesterday and most Asian stock markets were down today.
First Published: Tuesday, May 15, 2012, 10:47