Tuesday, December 11, 2018

American Petroleum Institute News

Oil Rise as Global Equities Climb, Libya Output Drops

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Oil futures rose on Tuesday with the help of an increase in global stock markets, an outage reducing Libyan crude production and a gradual decrease in Russian output.Brent futures rose 45 cents, or 0.7 percent, at $60.44 a barrel by 11:58 p.m. EST (1658 GMT), while U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude was up 79 cents, or 1.5 percent, at $51.79. Earlier, both contracts rose over $1 a barrel."The complex is getting a lift from a pop in global risk appetite this morning as underscored by a strong advance in U.S.

Oil Slips Below $60

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Oil slipped to below $60 a barrel on Wednesday, pressured by rising U.S. inventories and doubts over whether an OPEC-led output cut will be agreed next week.U.S. crude stockpiles rose last week, the American Petroleum Institute (API) industry group said on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia on Wednesday dampened hopes of production cuts by OPEC and its allies by saying it would not act alone and Nigeria stopped short of committing to a new push to curb supplies.The outcome of next week's OPEC meeting "remains clouded by uncertainty", said Stephen Brennock of oil broker PVM.

Oil Bounces Above $63 After Slide

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Oil bounced above $63 a barrel on Wednesday to claw back some of the previous day's 6 percent plunge, lifted by a report of an unexpected decline in U.S. crude inventories.The American Petroleum Institute (API) said on Tuesday that U.S. crude stocks last week fell by 1.5 million barrels, easing concerns for now that a supply glut is building up."The move yesterday was extremely sharp; after such moves you expect to have some rebound," said Olivier Jakob, analyst at Petromatrix.

Oil Slumps 7 Percent

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Oil prices tumbled about 7 percent on Tuesday, with U.S. crude plunging to its lowest level in more than a year, caught in a broader Wall Street selloff that was fed by rising concerns about slowing global economic growth.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down $3.90, or 6.8 percent, at $53.30 per barrel by 2:01 p.m. EST (1901 GMT). The contract fell as much as 7.7 percent earlier in the session to $52.77 a barrel, the lowest since October 2017.So far in the session…

Oil Drops 4 pct as Equities Slide Sparks Demand Worries

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Oil prices fell about 4 percent on Tuesday, with U.S. crude plunging to its lowest in over a year, caught up in Wall Street's broader selloff fed by growing concerns about slowing global growth.U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were at $54.72 per barrel, down $2.48, or 4.3 percent by 11:14 a.m. EST (1614 GMT). The contract fell as much as 6.2 percent earlier in the session to $53.63 a barrel, the lowest since October 2017.So far in the session, more than 585,000 U.S.

Oil Gains Despite Potential Supply Glut on the Horizon

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Oil rose on Thursday, steadying after losing nearly 7 percent over the previous three days, though concern about the prospect of an oversupplied market next year continued to weigh on prices despite OPEC's message that it may cut crude output.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), led by Saudi Arabia, is considering a cut of up to 1.4 million barrels per day (bpd) next year to avoid the kind of build in global inventories that prompted the…

API Enhances Offshore Safety Standard

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The American Petroleum Institute (API) released its newest valve standard as part of the industry’s continuous efforts to improve operational safety and environmental protection.According to a release from the agency, the “Specification 6A” governs the design and operations of the critical safety valves at wells used in the offshore and onshore oil and gas industry. The latest edition includes new automatic closure requirements, to ensure additional protection…

Oil Prices Fall as Global Supply Rises

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Oil prices fell for a third day on Wednesday on evidence of rising global supply despite the imposition of U.S. sanctions next week that are already curbing Iranian crude supply.Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 40 cents at $75.51 a barrel by 1410 GMT. The contract fell 1.8 percent on Tuesday, at one point touching its lowest since Aug. 24 at $75.09.U.S. light crude was 25 cents down at $65.93. It hit a two-month low of $65.33 a barrel on Tuesday.New U.S. sanctions on Iran begin on Nov.

Oil Rises Towards $77 After Slide, Demand Outlook Weighs

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Oil rose towards $77 a barrel on Wednesday after hitting a two-month low as the focus returned to looming U.S. sanctions on oil exporter Iran, although concern about a weaker demand outlook weighed.In a sign Iranian exports will drop further once the sanctions take effect on Nov. 4, two people with direct knowledge of the matter said two Chinese state-owned refiners were not planning to load Iranian oil for November.Brent crude, the global benchmark, was up 52 cents at $76.96 a barrel at 1325 GMT. It fell earlier in the day to $75.11, the lowest since Aug. 24. U.S.

Oil Prices Fall Ahead of U.S. Crude Stocks Data

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Oil prices fell on Wednesday after three days of gains as markets awaited key U.S. inventory data expected to show a build in U.S. crude stockpiles.Brent crude was down 65 cents at $80.76 a barrel by 1325 GMT, after gaining $1.15 over the previous three sessions. The benchmark, which hit a two-week low last week as equity markets dropped, is trading around $5 below a four-year high of $86.74 reached on Oct. 3.U.S. light crude oil was 80 cents lower at $71.12.Official oil inventory data from the U.S.

Oil prices rise on signs of falling Iranian oil exports

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Oil prices rose on Tuesday on signs of falling Iran oil exports ahead of U.S. sanctions against Tehran in November, while geopolitical tensions remain over a missing Saudi journalist.International benchmark Brent crude for December delivery rose 9 cents, or 0.1 percent, to $80.87 per barrel by 0032 GMT.U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery was up 5 cents at $71.83 a barrel.Iran has exported 1.33 million barrels per day (bpd) to a few countries including India and China in the first two weeks of October…

Bill Allowing US to Sue OPEC Drawing Renewed Interest

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With oil prices hitting fresh four-year highs, long-dormant proposals to allow the United States to sue OPEC nations are getting a fresh look in Congress, though they were once considered a longshot to becoming law.A U.S. Senate subcommittee on Wednesday will hear testimony on the so-called No Oil Producing and Exporting Cartels Act, or NOPEC, which would revoke the sovereign immunity that has long shielded OPEC members from U.S. legal action.The bill would change U.S.

Oil Eases, but Iran Sanctions Keep Prices Well Above $80 a Barrel

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Oil prices eased on Wednesday but were still heading for a fifth consecutive quarter of gains, driven by an impending drop in Iranian exports in the last three months of the year when global demand heats up.Brent crude futures were last down 49 cents on the day at $81.38 a barrel by 1351 GMT, after having risen to as much as $82.55 on Tuesday, the highest since November 2014.U.S. crude futures were down 35 cents at $71.93 a barrel.The United States will apply sanctions to halt oil exports from Iran…

Oil Holds Just Below $80, Supported by Supply Concerns

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Brent oil prices eased modestly on Wednesday but stayed near their highest level this year, supported by concerns that producers may fail to cover a supply shortfall once U.S. sanctions on Iran come into force in November.Brent, the global oil benchmark, slipped 18 cents to $78.85 a barrel by 1336 GMT, after Tuesday's 1.3 percent rise on a media report that Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, was comfortable with prices above $80.ANZ bank said in a…

Oil Approaches $80 a Barrel

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The oil price rallied towards its highest level this year on Wednesday, after a drop in U.S. crude inventories and as the prospect of the loss of Iranian supply added to concerns over the delicate balance between consumption and production.Brent crude futures were last up 41 cents on the day at $79.47 a barrel by 1323 GMT, having touched a session peak of $79.66, the highest since late May, when the price pushed above $80. U.S. crude futures rose 91 cents to $70.16 a barrel."We think oil market fundamentals are increasingly supportive of crude prices…

Oil Rises as U.S. Sanctions on Iran Squeeze Supply

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Oil prices rose about $1 a barrel on Tuesday as U.S. sanctions squeezed Iranian crude exports, tightening global supply despite efforts by Washington to get other producers to increase output.Brent crude futures rose $1.13 to $78.50 a barrel, a 1.5 percent gain, by 10:48 a.m. EDT (1448 GMT).U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude gained $1.10, or 1.6 percent, at $68.64 a barrel.WTI's discount to Brent <CL-LCO1=R> widened to as much as $10.38 a barrel, its deepest…

Oil Gains From Dollar Weakness

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Oil rose on Thursday, encouraged by a weaker dollar and evidence of strong U.S. fuel demand, though demand prospects remain clouded by the turmoil engulfing emerging markets and an escalation in the U.S. trade dispute with China.Emerging market stocks, bonds and currencies have plunged in recent weeks in response to financial crises in the likes of Turkey, South Africa and Venezuela.The dollar eased by about 0.2 percent against a basket of major currencies on Thursday. But it has gained 3.3 percent this year and has benefited from the flight out of emerging-market assets.

Oil Higher on Lower Iran Exports, Rising U.S. Supply

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Oil prices rose on Wednesday, supported by news of a fall in Iranian crude supplies as U.S. sanctions deter buyers, but gains were limited by evidence of a rise in U.S. inventories.Benchmark Brent crude oil was up 45 cents at $76.40 a barrel by 1225 GMT. U.S. light crude was 50 cents higher at $69.03 a barrel.Iran's crude oil and condensate exports in August are set to drop below 70 million barrels for the first time since April 2017, well ahead of the Nov. 4 start date for a second round of U.S.

Oil Rises Above $74 on Report of U.S. Inventory Drop, Iran Sanctions

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Oil hit a two-week high above $74 a barrel on Wednesday as an industry report showing a sharp drop in U.S. crude inventories and U.S. sanctions on OPEC producer Iran pointed to tighter supplies.The American Petroleum Institute reported U.S. crude stocks fell last week by 5.2 million barrels, more than three times the decline analysts expected. The government's official figures are due at 1430 GMT."The API inventory data published after the close of trading yesterday are lending buoyancy to prices…

Oil Falls on Weaker Economic Outlook, U.S. Stocks Rise

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A weaker global economic growth outlook and a report of rising U.S. crude inventories weighed on oil prices on Wednesday, even as U.S. sanctions threatened to curb Iranian crude supplies.Benchmark Brent crude oil was down 60 cents a barrel at $71.86 by 1325 GMT. U.S. light crude fell $1.02 a barrel to a low of $66.02, before recovering slightly to around $66.30, down 74 cents."Oil bears are taking their turn in the driving seat," said Stephen Brennock, analyst…