Oil prices sink over Mideast conflicts, Ukraine

Police troopers ride a police truck driving past tyres set aflame by demonstrators to block a street during a protest against fuel price hikes in Sanaa. (File photo: Reuters)

World oil prices slipped Friday as recent worries over potential disruptions from conflicts in the Middle East and Ukraine continued to ebb.

In New York, the U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for September delivery slid 29 cents to $97.88 a barrel.

Brent crude for September was down $1.18 cents at $104.81 in London trade.

Prices were nearly 10 percent off their highs of late June, and back to where they stood at the beginning of May.

"The last couple of days showed that we continue to shed some of the speculation in the market that was built into what pushed us to nine month highs," said Gene McGillian of Tradition Energy.

"Some of the fears that we were going to have a supply disruption in global markets seem to have been wiped away."

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:43 - GMT 06:43