Singapore: Oil prices fell in Asian trade Friday, pulled by equities markets that were spooked by a shock call from the Dubai government to suspend the debt of a key
New York`s main contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, fell USD 2.75 to USD 75.21 a barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for January delivery dropped 47 cents to USD 76.52.
"Equities markets were being sold off strongly... and oil is a victim of that," said Ben Westmore, a minerals and energy economist with National Australia Bank in Melbourne.
Westmore added that shares were being hit by the shock announcement by Dubai Wednesday requesting a debt moratorium of at least six months for conglomerate Dubai World.
Major regional bourses were trading lower following the announcement, with Tokyo, Shanghai and Hong Kong all slumping in Friday trade due to fears of a widespread default.