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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
LONDON, Sept 25 (Reuters) – European refiners, in a
desperate battle for survival, are investing in costly upgrades
or trying to close plants that bleed the most money, but
industry experts say their efforts fall short of what is needed
to make the industry profitable.
Some 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd) of capacity has shut
since 2008, with the loss of Coryton in Britain, Harburg in
Germany and Berre l’Etang in France, to name a few, but the
industry is still struggling to make decent returns.
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European refiners will enjoy only a brief period of improved margins before high product imports and weak demand will undermine profitability, industry experts say.
In particular an abundance of light shale oil and gas in the United States will create surplus gasoline, propane and naphtha barrels, prompting U.S. refiners to seek new markets overseas, forcing out European products.