Oil hovers under $90
World oil prices paused close to 90 dollars a barrel Tuesday on the eve of a crucial Opec production meeting in Abu Dhabi.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for January delivery, eased six cents to 89.25 dollars per barrel.
Brent North Sea crude for January slipped by 19 cents to 89.61 dollars.
The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) was due to hold a production meeting in the United Arab Emirates capital on Wednesday.
However, uncertainty hangs over the outcome, despite a prediction by analysts that the 13-nation cartel would keep production unchanged because of lower crude prices.