| GEO Business|
| Oil mixed in Asian trade|
| Updated at: 1300 PST, Thursday, February 19, 2009|
SINGAPORE: Oil prices were mixed in Asian trade Thursday ahead of a report expected to show a build-up in US crude inventories during the recession, dealers said.
New York's main contract, light sweet crude for March delivery, eased a penny to 34.61 dollars a barrel, within sight of the 32.40 dollars hit on December 18, when prices hit their lowest point in nearly five years.
Brent North Sea crude for April delivery was 36 cents higher at 39.91 dollars.