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Oil Prices Fall on Rising Iraq Output and Doubt Over Producer Prospects

Monday, August 29th, 2016

Oil prices fell early on Monday (August 29) as output from Iraq rose and as Iran said it would only cooperate in upcoming producer talks to freeze output if fellow exporters recognised its right to fully regain market share.

International Brent crude oil futures LCOc1 were trading at $49.54 per barrel at 00.43 GMT, down 38 cents from their previous close.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures were down 43 cents at $47.21 a barrel.

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Anger in the Delta Keeps Nigeria’s Crude Oil Offline

Monday, August 22nd, 2016

Oil companies and even Nigerian officials are losing faith in a deal anytime soon with militants who have slashed the nation’s oil output, casting doubt on a production recovery in what is typically Africa’s largest oil exporter.

In the six months since the first major attack on Nigeria’s oil – a sophisticated bombing of the subsea Forcados pipeline – dozens of attacks have pushed outages to more than 700,000 barrels per day (bpd), the highest in seven years.

Talk in the country has shifted from ceasefire optimism, and oil companies’ assurances that repairs were under way, to hedged comments from the government and radio silence from oil majors.

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Oil Price is Stabilising Even as Iran Plans to Boost Crude Exports

Monday, July 11th, 2016

Oil markets will remain stable this year even as Iran plans to keep boosting crude exports to regain the market share it lost due to sanctions, according to a senior official at state-run National Iranian Oil Co.

Iran exports about 2 million barrels of its daily output of 3.8 million, said Mohsen Ghamsari, NIOC’s director of international affairs. The country has regained about 80 percent of the market share it held before the U.S. and European Union tightened sanctions on its oil industry in 2012, he said.

Sanctions were eased in January, and Iran plans to double crude exports.

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Saudi Aramco Oil Price Hike Amid Robust Demand

Monday, June 6th, 2016

Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest crude exporter, raised pricing on most oil grades for sale to Asia and the U.S. in July after the nation’s energy minister said demand was robust.

State-owned Saudi Arabian Oil Co. increased its official selling price for Arab Light crude by 35 cents a barrel to 60 cents more than the regional benchmark for sales to Asia, it said in an e-mailed statement.

The company, known as Saudi Aramco, was expected to raise the premium for shipments of Arab Light crude by 40 cents a barrel to 65 cents a barrel more than the benchmark for buyers in Asia, according to the median estimate in a survey by Bloomberg of five refiners and traders in the region last week.

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Urals Drop in Price But Strong in Crude Oil Fight for Europe

Monday, May 30th, 2016

An increasing flow of Middle East crude to Europe has forced Russia’s Urals to fight for its place on the market. The Russian grade has dropped in price but managed to preserve its position in the region as one of the most popular.

Urals differentials have been surprisingly stable since the end of 2015, despite negative events, such as seasonal refinery turnarounds, resumed loadings from Iran and the start of Arabian and Iraqi supplies to northwest Europe, which would be expected to affect prices.

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Iran Won’t Freeze Oil Output Ahead of OPEC Meeting

Monday, May 23rd, 2016

Iran, which is due to meet with OPEC partners on June 2, has no plan to join any freeze in crude output as the country won’t be done ramping up oil exports to pre-sanctions levels before the second half of the year, the head of the state oil company said.

The Persian Gulf state’s oil exports will likely surpass 2.2 million barrels a day by the middle of the summer, Rokneddin Javadi, managing director of National Iranian Oil Co., told Mehr news agency.

Iran last exported at this level before sanctions were imposed on the country for its nuclear program more than four years ago.

Sanctions were eased in January, and Iranian officials said they won’t discuss any output freeze or cut before reaching pre-sanctions levels.

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Will the Oil industry crash? If so, it will be the worst in 45 years

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Since June of this year, oil prices have fallen about 20 percent, what’s behind this downward trend is said to be OPEC, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries, and their choice not to reduce its range and availability. The international organization has the objective to coordinate and unite the organization-members oil policies. The idea is to keep the oil market stable so that consumers have a regular supply of oil, and that the oil-producers receives a steady income while the oil industry investors receive a fair return. (more…)

Learn why the Oil Prices Set to Fall

Monday, June 3rd, 2013

Drilling for oilThe buzz from trading analysts is that world oil prices are set to fall thanks to oversupply caused by North American shales, excess inventory and a failure by the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to cut production at its meeting last week.

Although the large, frackable oil deposit finds in Canada and the United States have met with both transportation difficulties and environmentalist opposition, they still raise fears of a coming glut in the world oil market. Meanwhile, the United States, consumer of a healthy percentage of the world’s petroleum products, already has an excess of oil inventory.
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Oil rally related to Middle East conflicts

Wednesday, May 8th, 2013

Oil rally in the Middle East conflictIn the latest trading news for commodities, crude oil has continued its rally as tensions continue to mount in the Middle East. With no end in sight in the conflict in Syria and as rumours of chemical weapons crimes continue to mount, trading analysts are beginning to speculate whether western powers may eventually be forced to intervene.

Although the geopolitical situation in the Middle East has caused oil to post gains of 6% in the last three trading sessions, any substantial rise has been dampened by the United States’ domestic market.
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Federal Reserve and ECB stimulation on Crude oil trading

Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Crude oil barrel and US DollarCrude oil prices fell earlier this week, but picked up slightly at the end as stimulation from the Federal Reserve and the European Central Bank (ECB) increased confidence in the market. Furthermore, a fall in the value of the US dollar made the oil cheaper for countries using other currencies, which also contributed to the rise in price.
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