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Jan 21, 2013

Top commodity managers tip metals for Q1 on Chinese recovery

LONDON, Jan 21 (Reuters) – Commodity fund managers who
performed well over the testing final quarter of 2012 believe
metals commodities prices could do better than expected in early
2013 due to a combination of Chinese restocking and continued
supply disruption.

Managers at Vescore, Investec and BasInvest, who were
amongst the few to make money in the fourth quarter, are
relatively optimistic about the outlook for commodities going
into 2013, tipping copper, platinum and palladium.

Jan 16, 2013

British North Sea oil output seen at 1977 levels this year

LONDON, Jan 16 (Reuters) – A major stoppage of North Sea oil
production serves as a stark reminder of ageing infrastructure
and a lack of investment in new developments, which is seen
reducing Britain’s oil output to 1970s levels in 2013.

The total shutdown of the Brent pipeline system on Tuesday
has once again highlighted the challenge facing North Sea
producers trying to extract the last drops of oil from dwindling
mature fields.

Dec 19, 2012

Rising Rhine water stops shipping, delays commods

HAMBURG/LONDON, Dec 19 (Reuters) – High water levels have
stopped shipping on part of the Rhine, delaying deliveries of
gasoline, heating oil and other commodities into Germany and
Switzerland, and even if it reopens later on Wednesday, barges
will still have to go slowly.

As a result, gasoline and heating oil stocks could begin to
build up at the Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp hub, pressuring
prices, although this will also depend on the amount of cargo
activity in and out of ARA over the week.

Dec 17, 2012

North Sea oil output to fall in January

LONDON, Dec 17 (Reuters) – North Sea crude oil output from
12 large production streams tracked by Reuters is expected to
fall by 11 percent in January, which may help to support Brent
crude oil futures prices.

Output is set to average 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd)
based on the loading schedules compiled by Reuters on Monday,
down from 2.03 million bpd in December.

Dec 12, 2012

Oil rises above $108 as more monetary stimulus eyed

LONDON, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose above $108 a
barrel on Wednesday supported by expectations of a fourth round
of monetary stimulus from the U.S. Federal Reserve later in the
day, although concerns about oversupply and weak demand limited

Brent crude futures were up 60 cents to $108.61 a
barrel by 0950 GMT, rebounding from last week’s dip. U.S. crude
was up 43 cents to $86.22 a barrel.

Dec 11, 2012

Oil industry welcomes proposals on North Sea shutdown costs

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – The oil industry has welcomed the
UK Treasury’s draft proposals on tax relief for costs of
shutting down ageing wells and oilfields which, if implemented,
should help unlock more North Sea oil and gas reserves by
encouraging investment.

The oil and gas industry has been waiting for clarity on the
tax treatment of decommissioning liabilities for ageing assets
in the North Sea since 2011. The hope is that this will help
more late life assets change hands.

Nov 23, 2012

Oil dips near $110 as Gaza ceasefire holds

LONDON, Nov 23 (Reuters) – Oil dipped towards $110 a barrel
on Friday as the ceasefire in the Gaza Strip held, easing supply
concerns, but better-than-expected German business sentiment
data failed to ease worries about demand in the eurozone

Brent crude futures were down 16 cents at $110.41 a
barrel at 0928 GMT. U.S. crude was down 27 cents against
Wednesday’s settlement to $87.11. The U.S. market, which was
closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday, will not issue
a formal settlement price until Friday.

Nov 19, 2012

Oil traders, funds snub new ICE Brent NX contract

LONDON/GENEVA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Investors say they have no
plans to switch to the new Brent NX contract which was unveiled
over a year ago, leaving futures exchange ICE with tough choices
to make in 2013 over how to terminate the existing benchmark.

The majority of fund managers care little about the
technicalities of cargo delivery dates, the reason why ICE
introduced the new contract, and some are barely aware it is on
the board. The equivalent of just 0.1 percent of total Brent
volumes has switched.

Nov 16, 2012

Europe oil refining margins to return to reality in 2013

LONDON, Nov 16 (Reuters) – European oil refiners can expect
margins to come back down to earth in 2013 as global capacity
returns, after a rollercoaster this year that saw them soar in
the second and third quarters on low oil products stocks and
plant closures.

The persistent strength of European refining margins since
the middle of the year has surprised traders and refiners, who
had grown used to very tough conditions.

Nov 8, 2012

Bedsocks all the rage for cash-strapped BRRRRitons

LONDON (Reuters) – Cash-strapped consumers in austerity Britain trying to hold down rising heating bills are rushing out to buy socks designed to be worn in bed, according to UK manufacturer HJ Hall.

HJ Hall said it would normally sell around 3,000 pairs of bedsocks a month between October and February, but this October sold more than 9,000 pairs. 86 percent of the people it polled said they were buying the socks to delay putting on the heating.

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