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Nov 24, 2011

Oil up above $107 on stock draws, Iran

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil crude futures rose above $107 on Thursday, helped by bigger-than-expected stock draws in the United States and tensions around Iran, while stronger German data offset some of the negative sentiment generated by Wednesday’s poor bond auction.

Brent crude oil futures were up 68 cents to $107.70 a barrel by 1100 GMT. U.S. crude was up 40 cents at $96.57 a barrel. Trading volume is expected to be thin Thursday as the U.S. market is closed for the Thanksgiving holiday.

Nov 18, 2011

Brent up above $109, downside risks remain

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose a dollar to over $109 a barrel on Friday, helped by a weaker dollar, after posting steep losses in the previous session, but analysts and traders said the risk remained to the downside given the economic weakness in Europe.

Brent crude was up $1.207 at $109.44 a barrel by 1015 GMT, after closing down $3.66 in the previous session. U.S. crude oil futures were up 72 cents to $99.54.

Nov 17, 2011

Analysis – Short-term view may be only winner in Brent-U.S. play

LONDON (Reuters) – The hottest oil spread of the year, Brent versus U.S. crude, is bracing for months of volatility as investors put polar bets on the outlook for the U.S. and European oil markets and use the trade as a proxy for short-term speculation on the regions’ economies.

The premium for ICE Brent futures over NYMEX U.S. crude, also known as WTI, narrowed to an eight-month low on Thursday. The spread reached a low of $7.89 per barrel, from a record of more than $28 in mid-October. It moved back to around $9.25 by 4:45 p.m.

Nov 10, 2011

Gold ETPs favored in October other commods shunned

LONDON (Reuters) – Investors stuck with gold exchange-traded products (ETPs) in October, but most other commodities ETPs saw outflows as investors remained cautious about the outlook for economic growth.

The gold trend has continued into November as the eurozone crisis has intensified, but oil ETPs have also begun to attract monies as investors eye developments in Iran.

Nov 8, 2011

Oil up over $115, Iran, Italy eyed

LONDON, Nov 8 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose over $115 on
Tuesday on the back of strong seasonal fundamentals, as
investors weighed the prospect of supply disruption from Iran
against concerns over Italy’s sovereign debt risk.

Brent crude futures LCOc1 were up $1.13 a barrel to
$115.69 by 0851 GMT, after pushing up to $115.83 as London
traders arrived at their desks.

Nov 3, 2011

Oil slips on eurozone woes, inventory build

LONDON, Nov 3 (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped on Thursday to
around $109 a barrel as uncertainty over the Greek bail out
weighed on sentiment and the market digested bearish news of a
crude oil inventory build in the United States.

Brent crude for December LCOc1 was down 32 cents a barrel
at $109.02 by 0917 GMT, after slipping as low as $107.83 in
Asian trading. U.S. crude CLc1 fell 21 cents to $92.30 a
barrel.

Oct 27, 2011

Commodity funds upbeat on China

LONDON (Reuters) – Senior fund managers remain optimistic about the prospects for Chinese commodity demand and the outlook for crude oil, but investor fervour for commodities is now more tempered compared with the zeal of recent years.

Doubts about the strength of China’s growth prospects have led to weakened investor appetite for commodities over the last quarter amid heightened price volatility, but market watchers expect China to loosen its tight liquidity policy by year-end.

Oct 27, 2011

Commod funds upbeat on China, but investor zeal wanes

LONDON, Oct 27 (Reuters) – Senior fund managers remain
optimistic about the prospects for Chinese commodity demand and
the outlook for crude oil, but investor fervour for commodities
is now more tempered compared with the zeal of recent years.

Doubts about the strength of China’s growth prospects have
led to weakened investor appetite for commodities over the last
quarter amid heightened price volatility, but market watchers
expect China to loosen its tight liquidity policy by year-end.

Oct 26, 2011

Axa IM targets junior oil and gold plays

LONDON (Reuters) – Small oil companies and gold miners offer some of the best upside given the rise in energy mergers and acquisitions activity and investor demand for gold bullion at a time of falling supply, said the manager of Axa IM’s new natural resources fund.

“We are slightly underweight energy but we are overweight small cap energy stocks as the companies making discoveries are takeover targets for the oil majors,” said Sebastien Lagarde, senior portfolio manager of the Axa Framlington Natural Resources Fund, which launched at end-September.

Oct 25, 2011

China’s oil thirst will squeeze market -funds

LONDON, Oct 25 (Reuters) – China’s thirst for oil will
squeeze prices higher and destroy demand in developed economies
if world oil supply growth does not exceed current trends, said
senior commodity fund managers who did not expect fast oil
output rises in Libya and Iraq.

“In the last 12 months China’s demand for diesel for power
generation has been one of the major drivers (of the market),”
Tony Hall, chief investment officer of the Duet Commodities
Fund, said at a conference in London on Tuesday.

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      "At Reuters I am an energy correspondent covering the oil markets and investment trends in commodities. Prior to this I focused on the asset management industry. Before joining Reuters I edited Global Investor, a monthly magazine for the institutional investment industry, and Portfolio International, a magazine for the offshore funds industry."
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