Singapore, Sept 10: Crude was mixed in Asia today as traders balanced US stimulus hopes with disappointing Chinese industrial output numbers, analysts said New York's main contract, light sweet crude for delivery in October, shed 14 cents to USD 96.28 a barrel while Brent North Sea crude for October delivery gained seven cents to USD 114.32.
Traders were mulling hopes for fresh US stimulus after a disappointing jobs report as well as data showing Chinese industrial output growth weakening to its slowest pace in more than three years, IG Markets said in a report.
"In Asia today, markets could show some volatility with a mixed bag of US news and reaction along with China's weak economic data," the report stated.
US jobs data released Friday showed the economy of the world's largest oil consumer adding a meagre 96,000 jobs in August as the official number of jobless fell by a quarter of a million people to 12.5 million.
But about 368,000 people gave up searching for jobs and left the labour force, leading to a substantial net rise in the total number of working-age Americans out of work.
In China, data released by the National Bureau of Statistics showed industrial production increasing by 8.9 per cent year-on-year last month, the lowest figure since a similar rise of 8.9 per cent in the depths of the global economic crisis in May 2009. China's economy has seen a marked easing over the past year, expanding 7.6 percent in the second quarter of 2012, the worst performance in three years and the sixth straight quarter of easing.