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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.

Nov 24, 2014

Some fund managers see oil falling to $60 without OPEC cut

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Some commodity fund managers
believe oil prices could slide to $60 per barrel if OPEC does
not agree a significant output cut when it meets in Vienna this

Brent crude futures have fallen by a third since
June, touching a four-year low of $76.76 a barrel on Nov. 14.

Nov 24, 2014

Ineos hires to expand into North Sea oil and gas production

LONDON, Nov 24 (Reuters) – Swiss-based petrochemical and
refining company Ineos is looking to expand into North Sea oil
and gas production by hiring a number of senior and mid-level
staff, its website showed on Monday.

The post of CEO of the new offshore oil and gas business has
a remit “for leading a strategic review to support the INEOS
entry into North Sea production, culminating in investment
recommendations to the main INEOS board,” the website said.

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.”

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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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