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Nov 24, 2014

Oil price seen falling to $60 if OPEC does not cut output

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Oil prices could plunge to $60 a
barrel if OPEC does not agree a significant output cut when it
meets in Vienna this week, market players say.

Brent crude futures have fallen 34 percent since
June to touch a four-year low of $76.76 a barrel on Nov. 14, and
could tumble further if OPEC does not agree to cut at least 1
million barrels per day (bpd), commodity fund managers say.

Nov 17, 2014

Brent falls to near $78 as Japan enters recession

LONDON, Nov 17 (Reuters) – Brent crude fell by more than $1
towards $78 a barrel on Monday after Japan, the world’s
fourth-biggest crude importer, slipped into recession and as
Saudi Arabia reiterated the oil price should be left to supply
and demand.

The market is waiting to see whether the Organization of
Petroleum Exporting Countries will cut production at its meeting
at the end of November. The Atlantic Basin is still awash with
unsold barrels partly due to the continued growth in U.S. shale
oil production, whilst demand growth remains weak.

Nov 13, 2014

December North Sea oil output set to jump by 11.5 pct

LONDON, Nov 13 (Reuters) – North Sea daily oil output
tracked by Reuters is set to jump by 11.5 percent in December
from November, which traders said the market would struggle to
absorb unless there is a pick-up in the number of shipments
heading to Asia.

“With just one VLCC a month going to Asia, North Sea
differentials have been fairly stable, but this increase in
volume is likely to weigh on differentials,” a trader said.

Nov 12, 2014

Energy ETPs attract bumper inflows in October after oil price tumbles

LONDON (Reuters) – Energy exchange traded products (ETPs) attracted a bumper $840.7 million in net inflows in October, according to data from asset manager BlackRock, after a plunge in the oil price triggered interest from bargain hunters.

“The biggest driver was the oil price,” said Ursula Marchioni, head of ETP research EMEA at BlackRock’s iShares. “Some energy ETP investors saw the lower price as an opportunity to extend their long exposures.”

Nov 6, 2014

BG Group’s Samuel to head new UK Oil & Gas Authority

LONDON, Nov 6 (Reuters) – BG Group’s Andy Samuel will
head Britain’s Oil & Gas Authority (OGA), a new regulator
charged with fostering cooperation between government and
industry to get the remaining barrels out of the North Sea.

The OGA, expected to be up and running by April 2015, is
being established following recommendations in Sir Ian Wood’s
strategic industry review published earlier this year.

Nov 4, 2014

Mercuria sees traders teaming up with banks on hedging

LONDON (Reuters) – Banks and trading houses will join forces to provide hedging services in commodities in the same way that they have provided joint trade finance in the last two years, Mercuria’s chief executive Marco Dunand said.

Last month Swiss trading house Mercuria completed the purchase of U.S. bank JPMorgan’s physical commodities unit. It now wants to expand its provision of hedging services to external customers.

Oct 31, 2014

Hermes to close commodities business, joins flight from sector

LONDON (Reuters) – Hermes Investment Management on Friday joined an exodus of financial institutions from commodities, saying it planned to close its business in the sector due to difficulties in making returns and a shift in investor attitudes.

Many fund managers have struggled to make profits in commodities in recent years as prices have slid and volatility has been low, leading to fund closures including Hall Commodities earlier this month, Clive Capital, BlueGold and Higgs Capital Management.

Oct 10, 2014

Commodity insiders wring hands over poor investment prospects

LONDON (Reuters) – In a telling sign that commodities may struggle for several years to attract investment flows, a clutch of professionals who make their living from the asset class slammed its prospects at a recent conference.

One speaker dismissed one by one the attractions of holding commodities in an investor portfolio.

Oct 10, 2014

UK North Sea asset sales stall as money goes elsewhere

LONDON, Oct 10 (Reuters) – A lack of buyers willing and able
to take on ageing oil rigs in Britain’s North Sea has stalled
deal flow this year, creating a headache for North American
firms who are under pressure from shareholders to sell.

Marathon, Conoco and Talisman have
all put North Sea assets on the block, but the bigger packages
are slow to change hands due to wrangling over decommissioning
costs, financing problems for smaller buyers, and the fact that
some rigs have very little time left on the clock.

Oct 3, 2014

Brent edges up off 27-month low to $93.50; supply, dollar weigh

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil futures edged up
on Friday to around $93.50 a barrel after a three-day slide
pushed prices to their lowest since 2012, but the overall tone
remained bearish as abundant supplies and a strong dollar
continued to weigh on the market.

Brent for November delivery was up 14 cents at
$93.56 a barrel by 0838 GMT. But the contract is down more than
$3 for the week, having hit $91.55 on Thursday, its lowest since
June 2012.

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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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