Brent crude reversed losses to trade little changed in London amid continued turmoil in Libya and Iraq. West Texas Intermediate was steady in New York after a technical issue disrupted electronic trading.
Futures dropped as much as 0.6 percent in London. Islamist militias seized Tripoli’s international airport in Libya, as political factions struggled to form a new government in war-torn Iraq. CME Group Inc., the world’s largest futures market, halted most of its Globex platform for about four hours, suspending contracts including oil and commodities.
Brent for October settlement declined as much as 64 cents to $101.65 a barrel on the London-based ICE Futures Europe exchange and rose to $102.59 at 1:28 p.m. London time. The volume of all contracts traded was about 63.7 percent below the 100-day average. Prices are down 7.8 percent this year and the contract decreased 34 cents to $102.29 on Aug. 22.
WTI for October delivery was 14 cents higher at $93.79 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. It was at a discount of $8.78 to Brent, compared with a close of $8.64 on Aug. 22.