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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.

Sep 7, 2011

Oil vaults $114, on lower stocks, risk rebound

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Brent crude peaked above $114 a
barrel on Wednesday, lifted by supply problems on either side of
the Atlantic and as hopes that the European debt crisis may ease
boosted fragile investor confidence.

Front-month Brent crude futures LCOc1 gained 81 cents to
$113.70 a barrel by 1338 GMT, after touching the day’s high of
$114.09. U.S. crude CLc1 was trading at $87.73 a barrel, up
$1.71.

Sep 7, 2011

Oil up at $113, on lower stocks, weak dollar

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil was up at just over $113 a barrel on Wednesday, underpinned by expectations of lower U.S. crude stocks after a storm disrupted production in the Gulf of Mexico, and optimism about a new support package for the U.S. economy.

A Reuters poll ahead of the weekly inventory report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration gave a consensus forecast for a fall of 1.9 million barrels of crude in the week to September 2.

Sep 6, 2011

Schroders tips copper and coal on tight supply

LONDON (Reuters) – Schroders is targeting copper and coal miners in its natural resources equity fund given the tight supply, and believes a slowdown in the West would only encourage China to go on a buying spree, providing support for industrial commodities.

“Let’s say a Western recession or some sort of slowdown is in place — in that environment my view is the Chinese will begin restocking commodities and the government will loosen policy,” said Sam Catalano, manager of the Schroders Global Resources Equity fund.

Sep 2, 2011

European jet diffs fall to 2011 low on supply, Libya

LONDON, Sept 2 (Reuters) – Spot differentials on jet fuel in
Europe have fallen to a 2011 low this week due to the opening of
the arbitrage window from Asia, the end of the summer holiday
season in Europe and hopes that turmoil in Libya will come to an
end, traders said.

Jet fuel JET-BD-ARA has been sold at premiums as low as
$58 a tonne fob to benchmark ICE gasoil futures LGOc1 this
week in the inland Amsterdam-Rotterdam-Antwerp area. The level
is the lowest since December last year and is a fall from the
July peak of above $90.

Aug 22, 2011

Oil slips $2 towards $106 on Libya end-game

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude fell more than $2 on Monday towards $106 a barrel with traders and investors anticipating the resumption of oil exports from OPEC-member Libya as a six-month civil war there appeared close to an end.

Rebels swept into the heart of Tripoli and crowds took to the streets to celebrate what they saw as the end of Muammar Gaddafi’s four decades in power, but government tanks continued to shell parts of the capital.

    • 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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      2006
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