Tuesday, December 10, 2019

Oil Consumers News

Oil surges as China Pushes Tariff Rollbacks

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Oil prices rose more than 1% on Tuesday on hopes for a U.S.-China trade agreement and optimism that Washington could roll back some tariffs on Chinese imports.Brent crude futures rose 74 cents, or 1.2%, to $62.87 a barrel by 12:56 p.m. EST (1756 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures rose 68 cents, or 1.2%, to $57.22 a barrel.China is pushing U.S. President Donald Trump to remove more tariffs imposed in September as part of a so-called Phase 1 deal…

Oil Rises Toward $65

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Oil rose towards $65 a barrel on Tuesday as OPEC supply cuts and Middle East tensions outweighed the U.S.-China trade dispute that has been dragging down the global economy and oil demand.OPEC and its allies led by Russia agreed last week to extend their supply-cutting deal until March 2020. Brent has risen almost 20% in 2019 supported by the pact and also tensions in the Middle East, especially concerns about the row over Iran's nuclear program.Benchmark Brent crude rose 33 cents to $64.44 a barrel by 1211 GMT. U.S.

US Actively Considering Waivers on Iran Oil Sanctions

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The United States is "in the midst of an internal process" of considering sanctions waivers for countries that are reducing their imports of Iranian oil, a U.S. government official said on Friday.The Trump administration, which withdrew from a deal over Tehran's nuclear program in May, is reimposing sanctions on Iran's crude oil consumers on Nov.

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.

Why Trump is Pressing Saudis to Lower Oil Prices: Kemp

The United States and Saudi Arabia appear to have reached an understanding: Washington will reduce or eliminate Iran’s oil export revenues and in return Riyadh will guarantee oil supplies and stabilise prices. The basic deal is well understood by policymakers in both countries, with U.S. President Donald Trump repeatedly emphasising his great personal relationship with the Saudi king and crown prince. But strong personal…

Oil Steady Near Multi-year Highs as US Drilling Rises

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Oil prices steadied below 3-1/2 year highs on Monday as resistance emerged in Europe and Asia to U.S. sanctions against major crude exporter Iran, while rising U.S. drilling pointed to higher North American production.Brent crude was up 15 cents at $77.27 a barrel by 1130 GMT. U.S. light crude oil was up 5 cents at $70.75.Both oil futures contracts hit their highest since November 2014 last week at $78 and $71.89 a barrel respectively as markets anticipated a sharp fall in Iranian crude supply once U.S.

Buyers Seek US Waivers to Buy Iranian Oil amid New Sanctions

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South Korea said on Wednesday it would seek U.S. exemptions to buy Iranian oil, a path many big oil consumers are likely to follow in the wake of new U.S. sanctions on Tehran, which will tighten world oil markets and push up prices.Iran is the third-largest oil producer in the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and a key supplier, especially to refiners in Asia.The United States plans to impose new unilateral…

India Seeks Japan's Help to Build LNG Facilities

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India asked Japan on Tuesday to help build infrastructure needed to boost the usage of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in India and elsewhere in Asia, India's oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan said after a meeting with Japan's trade minister Hiroshige Seko.India wants to increase the share of gas, which is a cleaner fuel than oil, to 15 percent of its energy usage by 2030 from 6.2 percent currently."Explored opportunities for Japanese investments in India's gas infrastructure and SPR (strategic petroleum reserve) program…

Oil Breaks Above $70 as Trade War Shadow Wanes

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Dispute between top two oil consumers has rattled markets; China promises to open economy further, cut import tariffs. Oil broke above $70 a barrel on Tuesday, extending strong gains from the previous day, as investors grew more optimistic that a trade dispute between the United States and China may be resolved without greater damage to the global economy. Brent crude futures were up $1.39 at $70.04 a barrel by 1131 GMT, while West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose $1.23 to $64.65 a barrel.

Oil Eases, but so far Avoids Volatility

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Wall Street slumps, volatility index nears three-year high; oil still up 1 percent in 2018. Oil fell for a third day on Tuesday, as a rout in global equities triggered losses across bonds, cryptocurrencies and commodities, although the crude price is in positive territory so far this year. Even with Wall Street stocks posting their largest one-day fall since late 2011 on Monday and measures of volatility spiking to multi-year highs, reflecting heightened investor nervousness, oil has not suffered to the same extent.

Oil Down Modestly; Late Short-covering Limits Dollar Impact

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Crude oil prices ended little changed on Friday as short-covering returned in late trading, after some weakness earlier in the session as the U.S. dollar rose on robust U.S. jobs data. The dollar surged initially on upbeat U.S. employment growth for July, heading for what appeared to be the greenback's biggest advance in six weeks, before paring gains. A stronger dollar typically makes oil and other commodities denominated in the greenback less affordable to holders of the euro and other currencies, reducing demand for them.

Why is Oil Market Rebalancing Taking so Long?

Rebalancing the oil market is proving a long and frustrating process because the oil-exporting countries hit hardest by the slump were the themselves some of the fastest growing oil consumers before prices tumbled. As oil revenues have shrivelled, their economies have slowed or gone into recession, removing one of the most dynamic drivers of oil demand, and leaving the rest of the world economy to fill the gap. The slowdown…

Airline Hedges Fuel Rally in Later Dated Oil Prices

Big airlines are making waves in the oil market for the first time since prices went into a tailspin nearly two years ago, betting this may be their best chance to lock in cheap jet fuel for years to come, industry and market sources say. A number of airlines moved last week to place significant oil price hedges for 2017, 2018 and even 2019, according to three trading sources familiar with money flows. They declined to specify companies, but said it was the largest flurry of such activity in more than a year.

Pioneer Hedges and Shines in Struggling U.S. Oil Patch

During the U.S. shale boom, fortune favored the bold drillers that discovered and pumped oil fastest. Today the winners are producers like Pioneer Natural Resources who best shielded themselves from tumbling prices. Using derivative transactions known as swaps and collars, the Texas-based firm locked in a minimum price for 85 percent of this year's production. As a result, it gets $60 per barrel for a large chunk of its output while many rivals are selling at the market price of around $30…

IEA Chief Trusts Saudi to Act Responsibly

The head of the oil consumers' watchdog group said on Thursday that he believed top exporter Saudi Arabia would "act responsibly" in the market, citing its reputation in helping balance global supplies. The comments by Fatih Birol, who took over the top role at the International Energy Agency in September, came in response to a report that the kingdom would make a surprise proposal to other OPEC members meeting in Vienna to cut output next year, provided certain stringent conditions were met.

U.S. Shale Firms Hedging as Oil Rebounds

Oil's 'fear gauge' falls 30 pct to lowest since December. U.S. oil producers are rushing to take advantage of the rebound in oil markets by locking in prices for next year and beyond, safeguarding future supplies and possibly paving the way for a rebound in production. The flurry of hedging activity in the past month will help sustain producers' revenues even if oil markets tumble again, which is bad news for OPEC nations, such as Saudi Arabia, that are counting on low prices to stunt the rapid rise of U.S.

Brightoil Reports Steady Growth in Interim Results

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Brightoil Petroleum (Holdings) Limited announced its interim results for the six months ended December 31, 2014, reporting steady growth over the period. During the period, profit attributable to the owners of the group increased 3% year-on-year to HK$561 million. Basic earnings per share amounted to 6.41 HK cents, up 3% from a year ago. Total revenue climbed 11% from HK$40.3 billion in 1HFY2014 toHK$44.9 billion for the…

Oil Price Slump Yet to Hit US Shale Oil Production

The vast majority of shale oil in the United States is produced at costs far below the current price of crude, the head of the west's energy watchdog said, which means U.S. projects can withstand the market slump squeezing other producers. Brent oil stands at around $88 per barrel, down more than 23 percent from the year's peak above $115 in June, raising concern that some shale oil projects will become un-economic. However Maria van der Hoeven…

Modest Green Power Supply Boosts Prompt Prices

Prospects of weaker solar and wind power output combined with unchanged demand lifted European spot power prices on Tuesday, though thermal capacity availability is adequate, traders said. German baseload (24 hours) delivery on Wednesday was trading at 38.5 euros ($49.7) a megawatt hour, up 2 euros from the previous day-ahead price. French power for Wednesday was 50 cents higher at 38 euros. German average daily solar power…

Day Ahead Prices Gain on More Demand

Expectations for rising consumption and lower solar supply boosted Czech and Slovak day ahead power on Monday as a power plant outage pushed Hungarian prices well above those of its regional peers, traders said. On regional exchanges, Czech and Slovak electricity for Tuesday rose nearly 1 percent higher to 36.34 euros ($47.01) per megawatt-hour while Hungarian spot prices soared almost 21 percent to 55.37 euros. "There is a planned outage at a plant on the Hungarian and Slovak border…