NYMEX-Crude holds near $96 after sliding on U.S. data
SINGAPORE, Feb 18 (Reuters) - U.S. crude futures were steady on Monday after falling more than 1 percent in the previous session following an unexpected dip in U.S. industrial production.
Trading volumes are likely to be lean with U.S. investors away for a public holiday.
* U.S. crude for March delivery was off 12 cents at $95.74 a barrel by 0118 GMT. The contract dropped 1.5 percent on Friday.
* Brent crude edged up 22 cents to $117.88 a barrel, after posting its first weekly loss in five last week.
* U.S. industrial production unexpectedly fell in January, weighed down by weak manufacturing and mining, according to a report on Friday that was another sign of slow economic activity at the start of the year.
* U.S. manufacturing also got off to a tepid start as motor vehicle output tumbled in January, but a rebound in factory activity in New York state this month suggested any setback would be temporary.
* Financial leaders from the world's 20 biggest economies may have promised not to devalue their currencies to help exports, but the pledge will do little to keep exchange rates stable.
* Saudi crude exports fell for the third month running in December, but the fall in shipments was less dramatic than a drop in oil production, official data showed.
* Syria's opposition coalition is ready to negotiate President Bashar al-Assad's exit with any member of his government who has not participated in his military crackdown on the uprising, coalition members said.
* Japanese shares rallied and the yen fell on Monday after Tokyo escaped direct criticism from its G20 peers on its aggressive reflationary plans that have weakened the currency.
0900 Euro zone Current account
0900 Euro zone Net investment flow
1430 European Central Bank President Mario Draghi testifies
at the European Parliament
(Reporting by Manolo Serapio Jr.; Editing by Joseph Radford)