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Mar 18, 2013

Brent crude oil hits 3-month low on Cyprus fears

NEW YORK, March 18 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil fell to hit a
three-month low beneath $108 a barrel on Monday after a plan to
tax bank accounts in debt-laden Cyprus sparked fears of further
turmoil in the euro zone.

Oil prices recovered from early lows, however, as positive
economic data in the United States bolstered the outlook for
energy demand, and as Saudi Arabia’s top oil official said
prices near current levels won’t hurt the economy.

Mar 11, 2013

Goldman leads decline as Wall Street commodity revenues drop

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Commodity revenues at leading Wall Street firms crashed last year to their lowest on record, as tighter regulation and limited price swings squeezed the once dominant traders of Goldman Sachs Group Inc (GS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), JPMorgan Chase & Co (JPM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and Morgan Stanley (MS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz).

All three firms reported double-digit percentage declines in revenues for oil, grains and copper trading in 2012, illustrating how the one-time ‘Wall Street Refiners’ have withered in the face of subdued markets and restrictions on proprietary trading.

Mar 11, 2013

Goldman leads decline as Wall Street commodity revenues plummet

NEW YORK, March 11 (Reuters) – Wall Street commodity
revenues crashed last year to their lowest on record, as tighter
regulation and limited price swings squeezed the once dominant
traders of Goldman Sachs Group Inc, JPMorgan Chase & Co
and Morgan Stanley.

All three firms reported double-digit percentage declines in
revenues for oil, grains and copper trading in 2012,
illustrating how the one-time ‘Wall Street Refiners’ have
withered in the face of subdued markets and restrictions on
proprietary trading.

Mar 1, 2013

Brent crude drops on US budget cuts, erases 2013 gains

NEW YORK, March 1 (Reuters) – Brent crude prices fell to a
six-week low below $110 per barrel on Friday, erasing all gains
so far in 2013 as political gridlock in Washington triggered
automatic U.S. budget cuts, feeding fear about the economy in
the world’s largest oil consumer.

Brent has dropped more than $9 a barrel over the last three
weeks since it hit a nine-month high of $119.20.

Feb 25, 2013

Oil rises as Chinese imports rise, Italy vote weighs

NEW YORK, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Brent crude rose on Monday
after official Chinese data indicated strong demand in the
world’s second-largest oil consumer, though prices pared early
gains as uncertainty surrounding Italian election results
weighed on the euro and spooked markets.

Chinese oil imports rose more than 7 percent in January from
a year earlier, customs data showed, while China also slashed
imports from sanction-hit Iran by around a third, spurring fears
of a tighter market.

Feb 21, 2013

Oil extends sell-off, Brent hits 3-week low below $114

NEW YORK, Feb 21 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil fell to a
three-week low below $114 a barrel on Thursday, dropping almost
2 percent as weak economic data added to concerns that the rally
that began at the start of the year may be over done.

The slide took losses for the last two sessions to almost $4
a barrel and marked the biggest, two-day fall since October, as
traders weighed the likelihood of higher supplies from Saudi
Arabia and signs that higher prices may be hurting demand.

Feb 12, 2013

Analysis: As U.S. gasoline prices soar, hedge fund oil bets near record

NEW YORK (Reuters) – U.S. motorists searching for someone to blame for the highest gasoline prices ever at this time of year have an easy target: hedge funds who have been quietly amassing winning bets on hundreds of millions of barrels of oil.

At a filling station in Midtown New York last week, several people were prepared to blame traders on Wall Street as they paid more than $4 per gallon to fill up their cars.

Feb 8, 2013

Shell’s shock move jumpstarts oil benchmark reform debate

LONDON/NEW YORK, Feb 8 (Reuters) – Royal Dutch Shell
upended the oil world on Friday, unilaterally rewriting
the rules of the market that sets the basis of billions of
dollars of oil worldwide, risking a liquidity-sapping
confrontation with other actors.

In a notice published on its website, Shell said it would
alter its SUKO 90 terms in the so-called Dated Brent market
starting on Monday for cargoes loading in May and thereafter in
a move the oil major said would bolster liquidity in the key
North Sea market.

Feb 1, 2013

Former BP trader sues firm, alleges market manipulation

NEW YORK, Jan 31 (Reuters) – A former trader at BP
has filed a lawsuit for breach of contract in which he alleges
the British company’s Houston-based unit, BP Energy Co, is
attempting to manipulate the U.S. natural gas liquids market.

Drew Sickinger, who joined BP in Houston in 2009, said the
company “created a pretext” for disciplining him late last year
and then firing him earlier this month. He said he made $100
million for the company over the previous three years.

Jan 29, 2013

Deutsche Bank global oil and gas trading head leaves-source

Jan 29 (Reuters) – Deutsche Bank’s global head of oil and
agriculture trading, John Redpath, has left the firm, a source
familiar with the matter said on Tuesday.

Redpath, who joined the German bank’s New York office in
2007 from Citigroup, is the latest high profile departure from
Deutsche’s commodity arm, after global commodities head David
Silbert left the firm in December.