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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.

Aug 15, 2011

Fund view – BlackRock takes energy tilt in resources fund

LONDON (Reuters) – BlackRock (BLK.N: Quote, Profile, Research) is overweighting oil-focused energy equities in its World Resources Income Fund, in the view that these stocks are attractively priced with good dividend yields, and as oil fundamentals remain strong, the fund manager told Reuters.

“Our tilt favours energy over mining and agriculture,” said Richard Davis, co-manager of the fund which launched in May this year with some $3 million (1.84 million pounds) under management.

Aug 14, 2011

Recession risk unless oil prices fall further

LONDON (Reuters) – If history is any guide, another oil-induced recession may be just around the corner, at least for the United States and some of the other developed economies.

Every time that the cost of oil relative to global economic output has hit current levels — and that’s even after sharp falls in spot prices this month — it has heralded a slump.

Aug 12, 2011

Exclusive: Vitol and Trafigura supply fuel to Syria

LONDON (Reuters) – Swiss oil traders Vitol and Trafigura are supplying fuel to Syria, dealers said Friday, despite a bloody military crackdown by President Bashar al-Assad’s security forces against protesters that has cost hundreds of lives.

Sytrol, Syria’s state-owned oil company, agreed to buy two 30,000 ton cargoes of gasoline, one apiece from Vitol and Trafigura, in a tender on the oil market that closed this week, several trading sources with knowledge of the deals said.

Aug 12, 2011

Vitol, Trafigura supply fuel to Syria

LONDON, Aug 12 (Reuters) – Swiss oil traders Vitol and
Trafigura are supplying fuel to Syria, dealers said on Friday,
despite a bloody military crackdown by President Bashar
al-Assad’s security forces against protesters that has cost
hundreds of lives.

Sytrol, Syria’s state-owned oil company, agreed to buy two
30,000 tonne cargoes of gasoline, one apiece from Vitol and
Trafigura, in a tender on the oil market that closed this week,
several trading sources with knowledge of the deals said.

Aug 12, 2011

Analysis: Recession risk unless oil prices fall further

LONDON (Reuters) – If history is any guide, another oil-induced recession may be just around the corner, at least for the United States and some of the other developed economies.

Every time that the cost of oil relative to global economic output has hit current levels — and that’s even after sharp falls in spot prices this month — it has heralded a slump.

    • 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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