LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Commodity funds took a beating
in the first quarter, with the average actively managed fund in
the Lipper Global Commodity sector down 1.83 percent, as market
volatility provided no clear direction.
A cross-commodity sell-off in mid-April led by safe-haven
gold has since compounded the pain. Gold plunged about 13
percent over last Friday and Monday – its worst two-day fall in
LONDON, April 19 (Reuters) – Oil prices climbed towards $100
a barrel on Friday, recovering some ground after a steep six-day
fall, although worries about lower global demand and oversupply
kept a lid on the rebound.
Analysts said the market seemed to be stabilising after a
week of heavy liquidation, in which prices tumbled from over
$106 along with a rout in gold and industrial metals.
LONDON (Reuters) – Investors in commodity exchange traded products (ETPs) unwound their holdings to jump on the equity market rally in March, resulting in total redemptions of $3.2 billion globally, according to BlackRock data.
Gold suffered an investor exodus for a third consecutive month, bringing first-quarter ETP outflows to $9.2 billion, but white metals – silver, platinum and palladium – escaped the sell-off, BlackRock, the world’s largest asset manager, said.
LONDON, April 4 (Reuters) – New operators and better
technology are set to reverse a decline in Britain’s North Sea
oil and gas output over the next few years, and could help the
country’s economy return to health.
Although output is expected to decline another 3-6 percent
this year, it will rebound by almost a third by 2017 as some 50
oil and gas fields start production on the United Kingdom’s
Continental Shelf, industry body figures show.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – China’s state oil company is
prioritising a fix for Britain’s biggest oilfield, the
accident-prone Buzzard, which plays a part in setting global oil
CNOOC has taken a controlling stake in the North Sea field
central to the price of benchmark Brent crude and which, every
time it shuts, can raise costs for some of China’s oil imports.
LONDON, March 8 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil futures fell
below $110 a barrel on Friday, pressured by higher-than-expected
supply from the North Sea and OPEC, and investors selling out of
commodities in favour of equities.
Brent futures fell $1.25 to $109.90 a barrel at 1217
GMT. Brent is down for the fourth consecutive week, its longest
weekly losing streak since May 2012.
LONDON, Feb 18 (Reuters) – Oil pricing agency Platts has
proposed changes to the way it assesses the Brent oil market
following calls from the industry for a sweeping reform to
improve liquidity and transparency of one of the world’s most
important oil benchmarks.
At stake is the credibility of North Sea Brent, the
price-setter for billions of dollars of daily trade in crude.
The benchmark is based on the dwindling supply of four North Sea
crude grades, which critics say makes it prone to manipulation
and can lead to higher oil prices.
LONDON, Feb 4 (Reuters) – A rush by Europe’s refiners to
switch to making diesel may have gone too far too fast, meaning
the remaining gasoline-focused plants can prolong their lives by
supplying rapidly growing Latin American and African markets.
As gasoline consumption has declined in Europe and the
United States, refiners have been investing heavily in diesel
production and closing gasoline units.
LONDON, Jan 31 (Reuters) – North Sea Forties oil exports to
South Korea, a specialised trade that has supported crude
prices, may drop in coming weeks due to maintenance at
refineries, potentially weakening a source of support for Brent
The flows – a result of a trade pact with the European Union
- became a common feature of the North Sea market in 2012 and
often support prices since Forties is part of the Brent oil
LONDON, Jan 30 (Reuters) – Commodity funds have mostly been
a graveyard for investment returns since 2009, yet London-based
asset manager IKEN Capital’s new fund has bucked the trend in
its first six months.
Using a combination of algorithmic and relative value
strategies while hedging out macroeconomic risk, the Commodity
Alpha Fund is up over 7 percent since its “soft” launch in June
2012, having navigated tricky third and fourth quarters in which
many commodity funds were hard hit.