Singapore: Crude prices slipped in Asian trade on Tuesday as slumping manufacturing output in the world's major economies weighed on markets, analysts said. (Agencies)
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for August delivery, retreated 17 cents to USD 83.58 a barrel and Brent North Sea crude for delivery in August shed six cents to USD 97.28.
Weak manufacturing data from key global economies led to concerns among traders of a corresponding erosion in energy demand, IG Markets said in a report.
"Faltering manufacturing output across the world's biggest economies spooked some investors," it said. "The US, China, Japan and Europe are all seeing their lowest levels for up to three years."
Data from the US Institute for Supply Management released on Monday showed its June manufacturing index falling to 49.7 percent, from May's 53.5 percent.
It was first time the index had fallen below the 50 percent breakeven point between contraction and growth since July 2009, and was a grim reminder of the economic problems in the world's largest oil consumer.
In China, figures from British bank HSBC showed manufacturing activity in the world's largest energy consumer contracting for the eighth consecutive month in June, despite an interest rate cut.
The bank's purchasing managers' index (PMI) for China, which gauges the manufacturing sector, fell to 48.2 in June from 48.4 in May.
Japanese manufacturing activity also shrank in June for the first time in seven months, data from London-based research firm Markit showed Friday, while their eurozone numbers showed output unchanged from a month ago and at its lowest level since June 2009.
Singapore: Crude prices slipped in Asian trade on Tuesday as slumping manufacturing output in the world's major economies weighed on markets, analysts said.