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Feb 19, 2015

Oil falls sharply as U.S. crude inventories rise

LONDON (Reuters) – Oil prices tumbled on Thursday after another big weekly build in U.S. crude inventories and a possible rise in Saudi output stoked worries about oversupply.

U.S. crude stocks rose by 14.3 million barrels last week, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed after Wednesday’s settlement, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 3.2 million barrels. [API/S]

Feb 2, 2015

Oil prices rally above $55 as investors pile in

LONDON (Reuters) – Crude oil prices rose on Monday as investors shrugged off a U.S. refinery strike and focused on a falling U.S. rig count that signalled lower production down the line.

“There were a lot of people on the sidelines waiting for an opportunity to buy,” said Bjarne Schieldrop, chief commodity analyst at SEB.

Feb 2, 2015

Oil prices fall on weak Chinese data, U.S. refinery strikes

LONDON (Reuters) – Crude oil prices fell on Monday after U.S. unions called a refinery strike and activity in China’s factory sector shrank for the second month in a row, quashing Friday’s bullish mood.

At 0938 GMT (4.38 a.m. ET) Brent crude oil futures were down $1.05 at $51.94 a barrel while U.S. crude futures were down $1.13 at $47.11 a barrel.

Jan 29, 2015

Oil holds above $48 a barrel after U.S. stocks hit record high

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil futures held above $48 a barrel on Thursday as investor inflows offset data showing that U.S. crude stocks had hit a record high.

By 0928 GMT on Thursday, U.S. crude CLc1 was trading at about $44.50 a barrel, up 5 cents and off a six-year low hit on Wednesday. Brent LCOc1 was up 26 cents at $48.73 a barrel.

Jan 28, 2015

A Minute With: Folk musician Nancy Kerr weds old with new

LONDON (Reuters) – The songs of English folk musician Nancy Kerr may be steeped in tradition and imagery but her subject matter is taken straight from today’s headlines.

Her first solo album, “Sweet Visitor”, featured a song about the West’s exploitation of cheap Asian labour, written after the collapse of the Rana Plaza clothing factory in Bangladesh, and another one about the transformation of London’s East End, her birthplace, for the 2012 Olympics.

Jan 23, 2015

In battered oil services sector, smallest look weakest

LONDON/OSLO, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Slammed by plunging oil
prices, oil services companies which supply rigs and carry out
seismic surveys face a bleak outlook of cutbacks and contract
cancellations. Peer through the gloom though and possible
winners as well as losers emerge.

Titans of the sector such as Schlumberger NV and
Halliburton Co may have a chance to scoop up assets and
know-how from rivals less able to weather the downturn, as their
deeper pockets give them a major tactical advantage.

Jan 18, 2015

After harsh commodity fund shakeout, even the winners see tough times ahead

LONDON (Reuters) – After one of the worst years in memory for commodity funds, even the few managers who found a way to make money last year say they expect a difficult start to 2015.

Collapsing oil and grain prices caused havoc for commodity funds in 2014, with the average actively managed fund in the Lipper Global Commodity sector losing 14.35 percent. Big names abandoned the field altogether, and investors redeemed billions.

Jan 14, 2015

Markets tumble as World Bank cuts global growth forecast

LONDON, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Copper and other base metals were
hit by heavy selling on Wednesday and the oil price slump
continued after the World Bank lowered its global growth
forecast due to disappointing economic prospects in Europe and

Benchmark copper futures, often seen as a barometer
of industrial health, crashed over 6 percent to below $5,500 a
tonne – levels last seen in 2009.

Jan 13, 2015

Oil prices plunge again as UAE defends holding production

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent and U.S. WTI crude oil prices fell to their lowest levels in almost six years on Tuesday as a big OPEC producer stood by the group’s decision not to cut output to tackle a glut in the market.

Oil prices have fallen 60 percent from their June 2014 peaks, driven down by rising production, particularly U.S. shale oil, and weaker-than-expected demand in Europe and Asia.

Dec 10, 2014

Investors look forward to oil mergers, but don’t forget the dividend

LONDON (Reuters) – Plunging oil prices look set to trigger another wave of industry consolidation after a decade when mega-deals were scarce, but investors want to see mergers that can squeeze out cost savings and only after a lavish dividend is paid.

Over the last 18 months Big Oil has faced shareholder pressure to prioritize value over volume – to improve their return on capital rather than focus on production growth targets. As a result, oil majors have been in disposal mode.

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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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