A lower open on Wall Street for U.S. equities added to pressure on crude futures.
On the New York Mercantile Exchange, the expiring June crude contract fell 60 cents, or 0.61 percent, to $97.84 a barrel by 9:42 a.m. EDT (1342 GMT), trading from $97.70 to $99.60.
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ICE Brent July crude fell $1 to $110.42 a barrel, having traded as low as $110.16 after slipping from an earlier peak of $112.30.
(Reporting by Robert Gibbons; Editing by John Picinich)