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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.

Nov 6, 2012

Typo by top commodity index sows oil market confusion

Nov 6 (Reuters) – The world’s leading financial index group
sowed hours of confusion in global oil markets late on Monday
when it accidentally reversed the new crude oil weightings of
the top commodity index, the S&P GSCI.

S&P Dow Jones Indices, owned by McGraw Hill unit
Standard & Poor’s, said on Tuesday that it had inadvertently
mislabeled a table showing how investors should allocate an
estimated $80 billion of funds that track the index for 2013.
The new weights were listed under a “2012” heading, while this
year’s were listed as new figures for “2013.”

Nov 5, 2012

Oil down near $105 on Sandy, dollar strength

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped to around $105 a barrel on Monday, weighed down by a strong dollar and demand destruction after Superstorm Sandy, while investors remained cautious ahead of the U.S. presidential election.

Front-month Brent futures were down 65 cents at $105.03 a barrel at 5.46 a.m EDT, while U.S. crude was down 34 cents to $84.52 a barrel.

Nov 2, 2012

Superstorm Sandy blows gasoil bubble away

LONDON, Nov 2 (Reuters) – Superstorm Sandy has ended months
of heavy speculation in gasoil futures on the back of a tight
middle distillates market, with traders now expecting stocks to
build as European refineries return from maintenance and Sandy
crushes U.S. demand.

Middle distillates inventories, which include heating oil,
diesel and jet, had been running at multi-year lows in both the
United States and Europe – threatening to ramp up heating bills
for households in the event of an early cold snap.

Oct 31, 2012

Analysis: Does U.S. shale mean cheap global oil by 2020?

LONDON (Reuters) – Does the rise of U.S. shale oil mean fuel buyers can look forward to a multi-year period of crude price decline? Or is oil destined for new record highs above $150 a barrel?

The question is dividing energy analysts who are split on whether or not shale and other predominantly North American “unconventional” supply like Canadian oil sands will be enough to comfortably meet an increase in global fuel demand led by emerging markets to 2020.

Oct 19, 2012

Oil steady above $112, rising supply eyed

LONDON, Oct 19 (Reuters) – Oil prices held steady at above
$112 a barrel on Friday, but analysts and traders said a move to
the downside was likely because the UK’s Buzzard oilfield was
expected to restart this weekend while the demand outlook
remained weak.

At 0836 GMT December Brent crude oil futures were up
32 cents a barrel but were on course for another weekly loss.
U.S. crude was down 9 cents at $92.01 a barrel.

Oct 18, 2012

Oil bull Goldman sees end to rising prices

LONDON, Oct 18 (Reuters) – Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs
, one of the biggest banks in commodity trading, has
called an end to the oil price super-cycle, reversing years of
bullish recommendations, citing a rise in unconventional oil
supplies in the United States and Canada.

Goldman has been highest predictor among major oil price
forecasters but said on Thursday “long-dated” or five-year
forward Brent crude may be anchored at about $90 a barrel.

Oct 18, 2012

Oil super-bull Goldman slashes price forecast

LONDON (Reuters) – Wall Street giant Goldman Sachs (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), one of the biggest banks in commodity trading, slashed its oil price forecast following years of super-bullish recommendations as it said oil output was soaring in the United States and Canada.

Goldman, which up until now had the highest oil price prediction among major forecasters, said on Thursday it cut its 2013 Brent crude oil price forecast to $110 a barrel from the previous $130 per barrel.

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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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