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Oct 6, 2011

China’s Sinopec builds oil products trading desk

LONDON, Oct 6 (Reuters) – Sinopec Corp has built
an oil products trading desk in London, said sources familiar
with the company, in the latest sign Chinese businesses are
looking to increase their control of the flow of fuel essential
to the country’s economic growth.

Unipec, the trading arm of top Asian refiner Sinopec which
is already active in the European crude oil market, has signed
six people to a newly established oil products trading desk, the
sources said.

Oct 6, 2011

Oil down after ECB holds rates

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices fell on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, disappointing some expectations for a small cut and outweighing mildly positive U.S. jobs data and a Bank of England vote for further money creation.

Brent crude futures for November were down 60 cents at $102.13 by 1328 GMT, after reaching an intraday low of $101.53, down over $1.

Oct 6, 2011

Oil dips after ECB leaves rates on hold

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices dipped on Thursday after the European Central Bank left interest rates unchanged, disappointing traders after the UK central bank’s vote for a second round of money creation had raised hopes of further support.

Brent crude futures for November were down 29 cents at $102.44 by 1216 GMT, compared with a gain of 3 percent on Wednesday. U.S. crude, which jumped more than 5 percent on Wednesday, was up 34 cents at $80.02 a barrel, helped by Wednesday’s bullish crude inventories data.

Oct 3, 2011

Oil slips to $101 on euro debt fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices slipped toward $101 on Monday after Greece said it would miss its deficit target and as concerns rose about Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, which pulled down stocks and the euro, while the dollar strengthened.

The selling accelerated when U.S. traders arrived at their desks. At 1350 GMT Brent crude futures were down $1.71 to $101.05 a barrel after hitting an intraday low of $100.71. U.S. crude futures were down $1.92 to $77.28 after falling over $2 to $76.85.

Oct 3, 2011

EU carbon costs may force refiners to relocate, close

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union plans to make oil refiners pay for carbon emissions from 2013 could accelerate European refinery closures and encourage them to relocate outside the EU to avoid higher operating costs that could run into millions of euros a year.

The UK refining industry is seen as being at particular risk due to UK government plans for a carbon floor price that may be above the level set by the market. UK companies such as Ineos are worried they will be put at a competitive disadvantage.

Oct 3, 2011

Analysis: EU carbon costs may force refiners to relocate, close

LONDON (Reuters) – European Union plans to make oil refiners pay for carbon emissions from 2013 could accelerate European refinery closures and encourage them to relocate outside the EU to avoid higher operating costs that could run into millions of euros a year.

The UK refining industry is seen as being at particular risk due to UK government plans for a carbon floor price that may be above the level set by the market. UK companies such as Ineos are worried they will be put at a competitive disadvantage.

Oct 3, 2011

Oil slips near to $102 on euro debt fears

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices fell toward $102 on Monday after Greece said it would miss its deficit target and on concerns rose about Franco-Belgian bank Dexia, which pulled down stocks and the euro, whilst the dollar strengthened.

Brent crude futures were down 62 cents to $102.14 a barrel at 0819 GMT after hitting an intraday low of $101.12. U.S. crude futures were down 99 cents to $78.21.

Sep 15, 2011

Oil up over $114, equity rally supports

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil traded at over $114 on Thursday, up over $2, buoyed by a rally in European equities, a weaker dollar, and an improvement in risk appetite after euro zone leaders reiterated their commitment to keeping Greece afloat.

Brent crude for October, which expires today, was up $2.12 cents at $114.52 by 1012 GMT. The November contract was up $2.15 cents at $111.80. U.S. crude was up 30 cents to $89.21 a barrel.

Sep 15, 2011

Oil up near $113, mkt awaits U.S. data

LONDON, Sept 15 (Reuters) – Oil traded up near $113 on
Thursday buoyed by European equities, but the upside was capped
as the market awaited a bundle of data from the United States
for an update on the progress of the economic recovery.

Brent crude LCOc1 for October, which expires today, was up
65 cents at $113.05. by 0845 GMT. The November contract LCOc2
was up 57 cents at $110.22.

Sep 9, 2011

Barings adds to gold miners in resources fund

LONDON, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Barings has been adding to gold
miners in its global resources fund, believing that the gold
price will stay elevated as investors seek safe havens, and that
the underperformance of gold miners versus the gold price is
unsustainable.

“We can see many reasons why the gold price will move
higher,” said Jonathan Blake, manager of the Baring Global
Resources fund, which has some $968 million under management.

    • About Claire

      "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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