Singapore - Oil retreated in Asian trade on Wednesday as investors took profits from recent gains, while renewed concerns about the eurozone's debt problems also pressured prices, analysts said.
New York's main contract, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in June was down 27 cents to $105.89 per barrel while Brent North Sea crude for June shed 25c to $119.41 in the afternoon.
"There has been some profit-taking in the market after the WTI reacted very positively to strong US and Chinese manufacturing data," said Victor Shum, senior principal at Purvin and Gertz energy consultants in Singapore.
Crude prices had surged in New York trade on Tuesday, supported by stronger-than-expected industrial data in the US and China, the world's top energy consumers.
But traders remain wary over the troubled state of the eurozone economy, analysts said.
World Bank president Robert Zoellick said on Tuesday that Europe would struggle to achieve needed economic reforms without growth to support them, adding that focus is on the situation in Italy and Spain.
The two countries "are undertaking fiscal consolidation and structural reforms but that's very hard to do in a no-growth environment," he said.
Italy and Spain, the third- and fourth-biggest economies in the eurozone, are in recession. Investors fear Spain, in particular, may be the next to follow Greece, Ireland and Portugal to seek an international bailout.
"There is a bias towards the upside because of the signs that the US economy is recovering, but the debt situation in the eurozone will continue to be closely watched by investors," said Nick Trevethan, senior commodities strategist at ANZ Research.