Thursday, October 18, 2018

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Oil Tight on Libyan Port Struggles

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Libyan oil production could face protracted disruption as factions in the east seek to seize control of crude exports, adding pressure to a tight global market. Eastern factions have tried to take over oil exports in the past but have struggled to find buyers because Western nations insist they will deal only with the internationally recognised National Oil Corporation (NOC) based in the Libyan capital of Tripoli.

Oil Mixed as Investors Short-cover and Saudi Boosts Output

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On July 6th, 2018, oil was mixed with short-covering, pushing up U.S. crude futures while Brent slipped on global trade tensions and increased Saudi production. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures gained 61 cents to $73.55 by 11:30 a.m. Global benchmark Brent was down 39 cents at $77 a barrel. For the week, WTI was on track for a loss of about 0.4 percent while Brent was down about 3 percent.

Oil Up as U.S. Sanctions on Iran Expected to Tighten Supply

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Oil prices rose on Tuesday with revived U.S. sanctions against major crude exporter Iran expected to tighten global supply.Brent crude oil futures were up 75 cents to $74.50 per barrel at 1337 GMT and U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were up 32 cents at $69.33 a barrel.A first batch of U.S. sanctions against Iran, which shipped out almost 3 million barrels per day (bpd) of crude in July…

North Sea Oil Market Sounds Alarm on Oversupply

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The North Sea physical oil market is letting off a distress signal - crude is once again being stored on ships – as production increases from major exporters threaten a fragile balance between global supply and demand.Reuters data shows nearly 7 million barrels of North Sea crude held on ships that have been static for at least two weeks, unable to find immediate buyers…

OPEC Sees Strong Oil Market, Possible Need for More Output

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Global oil demand is set to stay strong in the second half of 2018, an OPEC technical panel forecast this week, suggesting the market could absorb extra production from the group.The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries meets on Friday to decide output policy amid calls from major consumers such as the United States and China to cool down oil prices and support the global economy by producing more crude.OPEC's de facto leader…

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.

Oil Up On Supply Concerns Ahead of OPEC Meeting

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Oil prices rose on Friday ahead of a meeting of OPEC and other large crude exporters that will focus on production increases as U.S. sanctions restrict Iranian exports.OPEC and its allies are scheduled to gather in Algeria on Sunday to discuss how to allocate higher supply to offset the shortage of Iranian supplies.Brent crude oil was up 90 cents at $79.60 a barrel by 1340 GMT. U.S.

Oil Rises as Outages Balance Trade Dispute, OPEC

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Oil prices rose on Tuesday, supported by production losses in Canada, Libya and from the Neutral Zone between Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, but under pressure from higher supply from elsewhere in OPEC and escalating trade conflicts.Brent crude was up 45 cents at $75.18 a barrel by 1335 GMT. U.S. light crude was 65 cents higher at $68.73.Kuwait's energy minister…

Oil Gains After Larger than Expected U.S. Stock Draws

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U.S. crude stocks fall by 1.4 million barrels. Global oil demand likely to moderate this year. Oil prices gained on Wednesday, shaking off the effects of a strengthening dollar, after an inventory report showed U.S. crude and gasoline stocks fell more than expected. Brent crude futures gained 85 cents to settle at $79.28 a barrel, while U.S. crude futures gained 18 cents to settle at $71.49 a barrel.

Struggle to Control Libyan Oil Ports Adds to Global Supply Worries

Libyan oil production could face protracted disruption as factions in the east have sought to seize control of crude exports, adding pressure to a tight global market.Eastern factions have tried to take over oil exports in the past yet struggled to find buyers as Western nations insist they will only deal with the internationally recognised National Oil Corporation…

U.S. Crude Hits $75 as Oil Supply Risks Mount

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U.S. crude oil prices rose above $75 a barrel for the first time since 2014 on Tuesday after Iran appeared to threaten to disrupt oil shipments from the Middle East Gulf if Washington pressed ahead with sanctions."The Americans have claimed they want to completely stop Iran's oil exports," the website, president.ir, quoted Iranian President Hassan Rouhani as saying.

Oil Slips as U.S. Crude Stockpiles Show Surprise Build

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U.S. crude stocks up 1.3 mln bbls vs 3.5 mln draw forecast-EIA. Oil fell on Thursday after U.S. government data showed an unexpected build in crude oil stockpiles. U.S. crude futures fell $1.20 to settle at $72.94 a barrel, retreating from Tuesday's 3-1/2-year high of over $75. Brent crude futures lost 85 cents to settle at $77.39 a barrel. U.S. crude stockpiles rose 1.3 million barrels last week, according to U.S.

Oil Steady as Saudi Tensions Balance Demand Outlook

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Oil prices steadied on Monday as tension over the disappearance of a prominent Saudi journalist stoked supply worries, balancing concerns over the long-term demand outlook.Benchmark Brent crude oil jumped by $1.49 a barrel to a high of $81.92 before giving up its gains to trade around $80.38, down 5 cents, by 1345 GMT. U.S. crude was down 5 cents at $71.29."Growing…

Oil Buoyed to Seven-week High by Evidence of Lower Supply

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Brent crude oil rose towards its highest price since early July on Tuesday, thanks to evidence of still-modest increases in output from OPEC and stronger Chinese refinery demand.Brent futures gained 29 cents to $76.50 a barrel by 1409 GMT, having touched a session peak of $76.97, the highest since July 11. U.S. crude futures fell by 13 cents to $68.74 a barrel.The…

Oil Steadies but Outlook for Demand Grows Gloomy

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Oil rose as global markets steadied on Thursday, recovering some of the previous day's 2 percent slide, though a weakening outlook for crude demand kept prices in check.The oil market had felt the effects on Wednesday of a large build in U.S. inventories that added to concern over the outlook for fuel demand, while crude was also swept lower by broader selling…

Oil Holds Near Four-Year Highs

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Oil held just below four-year highs on Thursday, supported by the imminent loss of Iranian supply through U.S. sanctions, but also tempered by the prospect of a rapid production increase from Saudi Arabia and Russia.Brent crude oil futures were down 33 cents at $85.96 a barrel by 1430 GMT, having risen to a late 2014 high of $86.74 on Wednesday. U.S. crude…

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…

Oil Gains After Surprise Drop in Saudi Crude Output

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Oil rose on Monday after Saudi crude production unexpectedly fell in July and U.S. drilling appeared to slow, although the price is still almost 10 percent below its 2018 high of more than $80 a barrel.Markets also anticipated an announcement from Washington later on Monday on renewed U.S. sanctions against major oil exporter Iran. So-called "snapback" sanctions are due to be reinstated at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, according to a U.S.

Oil Slips Further as Focus on OPEC Mounts

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U.S. crude, gasoline inventories rise unexpectedly as Brent-WTI spread nears widest margin in three years. Oil prices recorded their largest one-day drop in two weeks on Thursday, with expectations building that OPEC will end an output deal that has been in place since the start of 2017 due to concerns about supplies from Venezuela and Iran. Benchmark Brent futures were down $1.08 at $79.72 a barrel by 1118 GMT…

Oil Rises Ahead of OPEC, Pressured by China Tariffs

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Oil prices rose on Monday ahead of an OPEC meeting this week and as investors assessed the impact of a trade dispute between the United States and China.U.S. light crude oil hit a two-month low of $63.59 a barrel but then recovered strongly to trade at $65.40, up 34 cents, by 1350 GMT. Brent to a high of $74.59 a barrel and was trading at $74.50, up $1.06…