October crude oil prices traded lower during the initial morning hours, pressured by outside market weakness and disappointing Japanese trade figures released overnight. October Brent crude oil prices registered a lower low on the session but WTI has been slow to follow suit. Some traders indicated that there remains a measure of support in the crude oil market coming from uncertainty in the Middle East region and the potential for supply disruptions. The market faces an active flow of data today, including meeting in Europe over Greece's bailout terms, US Existing Home Sales figures, EIA inventory readings and release of the latest FOMC meeting minutes. Expectations for this morning's EIA crude stocks report are for a build of around 500,000 barrels.