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SINGAPORE: Oil fell in Asian trade Wednesday as investors took profits from sharp gains the previous day on hopes Greece would avert a default on its massive debt and stronger US energy demand.

New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate for delivery in August, was down 19 cents to $92.70 a barrel in morning trade after rising by $2.28 on Tuesday.

Brent North Sea crude also for August dipped 33 cents to $108.45 after leaping $2.79 the day before.

Despite a general strike and street protests, traders were hopeful that the Greek parliament would pass the tough measures required under an International Monetary Fund-European Union bailout of the country when it meets Wednesday.

EU president Herman Van Rompuy urged Greece's 300-seat parliament -- where Prime Minister George Papandreou has a five-seat majority -- to take a decision "crucial for the Greek people, but also for the eurozone and the stability of the world economy."

Other EU officials sent out similar messages, while newly appointed IMF chief Christine Lagarde called on the Greek opposition "to join in national unity."

Phillip Futures said in Singapore that data released by the American Petroleum Institute (API) showing a drop in US energy stocks is also supportive of prices.

Crude oil stocks fell 2.7 million barrels in the week to June 24, bigger than analysts' forecast for a drawdown of 1.4 million barrels.

A thinning of crude stocks indicates stronger demand in the United States, the world's biggest economy and its largest oil-consuming nation. (AFP)
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