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Jan 22, 2013

Delta bets on Bakken crude to boost refinery profits

NEW YORK, Jan 22 (Reuters) – Delta Air Lines Inc
plans to run cheaper domestic crude at its newly-acquired
Trainer, Pennsylvania refinery to improve profits at the plant,
becoming the latest U.S. company to cash in on the burgeoning
shale oil boom.

After losing $63 million at the refinery in the fourth
quarter, the Atlanta-based airline will receive its first crude
shipments there from North Dakota’s Bakken shale in the first
quarter, the company said during its earnings call Tuesday.

Jan 18, 2013

Brent crude up on debt limit proposal, supply worries

NEW YORK, Jan 18 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Friday,
recovering from an earlier dip after news that the U.S. House of
Representatives will consider a bill to raise the debt ceiling
enough to allow the country to pay its bills for another three

Gains were capped by a surprise drop in U.S. consumer
sentiment to the lowest level in more than a year, with many
consumers citing fallout from the ongoing fiscal wrangling in
Washington. Still, Brent crude oil finished the week higher for
the fifth time in six.

Jan 16, 2013

Oil rises on Algerian gas field attack, US stock draw

NEW YORK, Jan 16 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose on Wednesday
after an Algerian gas field came under attack from Islamist
militants and as data showed crude stocks fell in the United
States last week.

Gains in the Brent contract were capped, however, by news of
a restart of a North Sea pipeline system. The Brent February
crude contract seesawed as it approached expiration at the end
of Wednesday’s session, eventually finishing 31 cents higher
above $110.

Jan 15, 2013

CME to require biofuel-free diesel for heating oil spec

NEW YORK Jan 15 (Reuters) – CME Group said on
Tuesday that the new specification of its heating oil contract,
which takes effect from May, will contain no renewable fuel or
biodiesel, matching the grade of ultra-low sulfur diesel (ULSD)
carried on the Colonial Pipeline to the Northeast.

The heating oil contract specification is switching
to lower sulfur diesel to reflect changes in environmental
requirements in New York and the surrounding states for diesel
and heating fuels.

Jan 14, 2013

Brent edges up, seesaws with dollar

NEW YORK, Jan 14 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil edged up in
choppy trading on Monday, seesawing with the U.S. dollar, as
investors weighed a statement from Saudi Arabia disputing claims
OPEC’s largest producer has altered its output policy.

Traders also eyed the start-up of a key pipeline expansion
in the United States, which should help reduce the glut of crude
oil that has depressed benchmark U.S. prices in the Midwest
relative to international rivals.

Jan 8, 2013

U.S. oil production to jump 25 percent by 2014-EIA

NEW YORK Jan 8 (Reuters) – U.S. crude oil production is
expected to rise by the largest amount on record in 2013, the
Energy Information Administration said on Tuesday, and is set to
soar by almost a quarter over the next two years.

The EIA, the independent statistical arm of the Department
of Energy, said U.S. crude oil production would grow by 900,000
barrels per day (bpd) in 2013 to 7.3 million bpd. The agency’s
forecast in the monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook is 300,000 bpd
higher than its estimate in December.

Jan 7, 2013

Oil slips, Brent’s premium to U.S. narrowest since Sept

NEW YORK, Jan 7 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil prices slipped
toward $111 a barrel on Monday while the U.S. futures contract
held firm, narrowing the spread between the two benchmarks to
the lowest level since September as traders eyed the anticipated
start-up of a Midwest pipeline.

The Seaway Pipeline expansion project, which will increase
the amount of crude oil flowing from the bottlenecked
midcontinent market around Cushing, Oklahoma, to premium-priced
refiners on the Gulf Coast, is due to be completed by Friday,
the companies involved said last week.

Dec 21, 2012

Wall St, facing fiercer watchdog, flees US power markets

NEW YORK, Dec 21 (Reuters) – When federal regulators
proposed a six-month penalty on JPMorgan Chase & Co’s
electricity trading arm last month, they took aim at what is now
a rare sight on Wall Street: a large and growing power sales

After five years of rapid and lucrative growth, the world’s
biggest investment banks are now dramatically scaling back their
U.S. power operations, a Reuters analysis of electricity sales
has found.

Dec 13, 2012

Refiner Phillips 66 would support U.S. crude oil exports-CEO

NEW YORK Dec 13 (Reuters) – U.S.-based refiner Phillips 66
said Thursday it would support exports of crude oil from the
United States, arguing the boost they would give the country’s
economy would trump the higher costs for the company and for
American consumers.

The share price of the second largest U.S. refiner has
soared by 56 percent since it was spun off by oil major
ConocoPhillips in May, partly because of the boom in North
American energy production.

Dec 12, 2012

Oil up on more Fed stimulus, OPEC holds output target

NEW YORK, Dec 12 (Reuters) – Oil prices rose sharply on
W ednesday, with Brent crude pushing toward $110 a barrel after
the U.S. Federal Reserve announced plans for more monetary
stimulus, while a Texas refinery fire lifted refined product

The Fed’s announcement overshadowed a decision by the
Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) to
leave its output targets unchanged, despite estimates indicating
demand for its crude will be lower next year in the face of
rising shale oil output in the United States.