Oil prices continue to fall in Asian trade

SINGAPORE, March 20, 2008 (AFP) – World oil prices continued to fall in Asian trade Thursday, with more volatility expected as investors continue to assess the US economy, dealers said. In early morning trade, New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for May fell 60 cents to 101.94 dollars per barrel from its close of 102.54 dollars during floor trading in the US Wednesday.

The April contract had expired Wednesday at 104.48 dollars a barrel, after plummeting 4.94 dollars. The contract had hit a record peak of 111.80 dollars on Monday.

London’s Brent North Sea crude for May dropped 60 cents to 100.12 dollars a barrel, after settling at 100.72 dollars on Wednesday.

The commodities market is in a situation where “investor sentiment is potentially shifting” as they reassess the outlook for the US economy, said David Moore, a commodity strategist at the Commonwealth Bank of Australia in Sydney.

“The market has been extremely volatile over the last week, and it is very difficult to say with any confidence when prices could bottom or turn around,” said Moore.

Traders continued to focus on the global credit squeeze amid concerns over the impact it might have on globa