Crude oil prices were down from their nearly nine-month high levels to begin Tuesday on a lower note as global markets closely watch escalating tensions in the Middle East.
The international benchmark Brent crude was trading at $68.17 per barrel at 0620 GMT on Tuesday for a 0.58% decline after closing Monday at $68.57 a barrel with a 1.45% daily loss.
American benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) was at $62.66 a barrel at the same time for a 0.49% loss after ending the previous session at $62.97 per barrel with a daily 1.39% fall.
Last Tuesday, Brent crude climbed to as much as $70.75 per barrel to mark its highest level since May 23, while WTI rose to $64.72 a barrel -- its highest level since April 9.
Crude oil prices rose to their nearly nine-month highest level with rising tensions between the U.S. and Iran, which continues to threaten secure crude supply from the oil-rich region.
The Middle East is home to almost half of the world's proved oil reserves and accounts for one-third of global oil production.
By Ovunc Kutlu