Brent falls below $114 as sluggish economy outweighs supply risk

* Weak economic outlook, stronger dollar depress oil

* NATO says plans in place to defend Turkey from Syria

* U.S. crude stockpiles forecast to rise 1 mln bbls -poll

* Coming up: API weekly oil inventories data at 2030 GMT

By Florence Tan

SINGAPORE, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Brent crude slipped below $114on Wednesday after a 2 percent jump the previous day, with acloudy economic outlook offsetting fears about disruptions toMiddle East oil supply as a conflict between Turkey and Syriaescalated.

A stronger U.S. dollar, as investors shied away from risk onconcerns about a slowdown in global growth, also weighed on oilprices, making the commodity more costly for holders of othercurrencies.

Brent crude had slipped 67 cents to $113.83 a barrelby 0245 GMT, after a 2.4 percent rise on Tuesday to its highestsince Sept. 18.

U.S. crude fell 62 cents to $91.77 a barrel. Thedollar index rose 0.23 percent.

"There's definitely a little bit of profit-taking after sucha strong session," said Ben Le Brun, a market analyst atOptionsXpress in Sydney.

"The rising tension between Turkey and Syria is underpinningoil prices."

The two neighbours have repeatedly exchanged fire since lastweek after Syrian shells struck a border town in Turkey killingfive civilians.

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NATO said it has plans in place to defend Turkey againstattack from Syria, and will aim to provide assistance if Ankaraasks for it.

"The geopolitical risk premium was boosted from mountingtensions between Turkey and Syria," ANZ analysts said in a note.

"This has increased supply disruption concerns, particularlyif the Syrian conflict begins to hamper oil production innorthern Iraq."

Tensions in the Middle East and delays to North Sea Fortiesloadings pushed Brent's premium to U.S. crude to itswidest in nearly a year at $23.13 a barrel on Tuesday.

Reuters market analyst Wang Tao said the spread may havepeaked in a support zone between $22.79 and $24.34 per barreland could narrow towards $16 over the next four weeks.


But the impact of supply concerns on prices was mitigated asinvestors this week turned to safe havens after the IMF said theglobal economic slowdown is worsening and cut its growthforecasts for the second time since April.

It warned U.S. and European policymakers that failure to fixtheir economic ills would prolong the slump.

"Oil has been falling as investors weigh supply risksagainst weaker demand," OptionsXpress' Le Brun said.

"A lot of growth expectations are being revised down,especially in China."

China's annual economic growth probably slowed for a seventhstraight quarter in the July-September period to the weakestlevel since the depths of the global financial crisis, a Reuterspoll showed, reinforcing the case for further policy stimulus.

Investors will also scour weekly oil inventories data fromthe United States to be released in the next two days.

Analysts polled by Reuters forecast a 1-million-barrel buildin crude stockpiles for the week to Oct. 5.

The API report will be released later on Wednesday and theEIA data on Thursday, delayed one day by the Columbus Dayholiday.

(Reporting by Florence Tan; Editing by Joseph Radford)

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