Oil prices fall from historic highs

SINGAPORE, Oct 30, 2007 (AFP) – Oil retreated in Asian trade Tuesday after spiking to a historic high of over 93 dollars on geopolitical concerns in the Middle East, dealers said. At 10:30 am (0230 GMT) New York’s main contract, light sweet crude for December delivery, was 84 cents lower at 92.69 dollars a barrel from its record closing of 93.53 dollars in late US trades Monday.

The contract set a new intraday high of 93.80 dollars on Monday.

Brent North Sea crude for December delivery dropped 71 cents to 89.61 dollars. It hit a record intraday high of 93.80 dollars Monday.

“It has pulled back a bit from the record high yesterday so there is some profit-taking in the market,” said Victor Shum, a Singapore-based analyst with energy consultancy Purvin and Gertz.

Investors pushed up prices Monday on continued concerns over tensions in the Middle East which they fear may disrupt supplies and eventually strain already tight global stocks, dealers said.

“Crude oil prices continue to set records due to a potent cocktail of bullish factors… tightening physical fundamentals, a weakening dollar and perceived geopolitical risk,” analysts from Societe Generale said