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Dec 3, 2014

Oil fund manager Andurand sees big price swings after OPEC decision

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – Oil prices are set for wild swings
after OPEC’s decision to let the market find its level, says the
hedge fund manager famous for calling the 2008 oil price spike
and crash, adding that U.S. producers are set to feel pain.

Pierre Andurand, whose $350 million fund made an 18 percent
return last month by betting on the oil price falling, said
Saudi Arabia was no longer trying to control supplies in the
face of a wave of U.S. shale oil output.

Dec 3, 2014

Brent rebounds above $71 in turbulent oil market

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent rose to $71 a barrel on Wednesday, recovering some of its losses from the previous session as a turbulent market searched for a price floor after a nearly 40 percent fall since June.

Oil has seen choppy trade since the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) said last week it would not lower output despite an oversupplied market.

Nov 27, 2014

Gulf states seek to block OPEC oil output cut

VIENNA (Reuters) – Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia looked set on Thursday to block any cut in OPEC output, ignoring calls from poorer members of the exporters’ group for action to halt a slide in crude prices.

With markets sensing OPEC will keep its production unchanged despite huge global oversupply, the price of benchmark Brent crude oil fell $2 to a 50-month low under $76 a barrel.

Nov 27, 2014

Low expectations for oil output cut as OPEC meets

VIENNA (Reuters) – Gulf oil producers led by Saudi Arabia are expected to press the case on Thursday for not yet cutting OPEC output, despite calls from some members of the group to bolster sagging prices by removing surplus crude from the market.

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi and his United Arab Emirates counterpart, Suhail bin Mohammed al-Mazroui, said on Wednesday they expected the oil market to stabilize itself. A Gulf OPEC delegate told Reuters the Gulf producers had reached a consensus not to cut output.

Nov 26, 2014

Saudi’s Naimi sees oil market “stabilising itself”

VIENNA, Nov 26 (Reuters) – OPEC leader Saudi Arabia
signalled on Wednesday it was unlikely to push for a major
change in oil output at the producer group’s meeting this week,
a day after Russia refused to cooperate in any production cut
and threatened to unleash an oil price war.

Saudi Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he expected the oil
market “to stabilise itself eventually” but did not comment on
four-country talks with Russia held on Tuesday.

Nov 18, 2014

Brent falls near $79 as rhetoric heats up before OPEC meeting

LONDON, Nov 18 (Reuters) – Brent crude slipped towards $79 a
barrel on Tuesday, falling for the sixth session out of seven,
as oil prices struggled to find a floor ahead of next week’s
critical OPEC meeting.

Speculation about OPEC’s response to a 30 percent drop in
global oil prices since late-June intensified after calls from
Venezuela to increase cooperation within the cartel as well as
with non-members, including top producer Russia.

Nov 12, 2014

Brent oil slips to just over $81/barrel, near 4-year low

LONDON, Nov 12 (Reuters) – Brent crude slipped near $81 a
barrel on Wednesday, close to a four-year low as a mounting oil
glut created by the U.S. shale boom continued to outweigh
concerns about supplies from Libya.

With oil prices having fallen 30 percent since June, OPEC
delegates are starting to suggest the producer group could
informally cut output by around 500,000 barrels per day (bpd)
when it meets in Vienna on Nov. 27.

Nov 7, 2014

Iraqi Kurdistan says sold $3 bln of oil, will pay producers

LONDON, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Iraqi Kurdistan has sold 34.5
million barrels of oil worth almost $3 billion since January,
the Kurdistan Regional Government said, despite opposition from
the federal government to independent oil sales from the region.

The KRG said in a statement on Friday that it would make an
initial payment of $75 million to oil producing companies for
their exports and would make further payments on a regular
basis, sparking a rally in producers’ share prices.

Nov 5, 2014

U.S. oil patch still ‘Klondike’ for world’s biggest traders

LONDON (Reuters) – The United States remains the pre-eminent arena for the world’s oil traders, top executives at commodity firms Mercuria, Trafigura and Gunvor said, even as Washington only slowly loosens its crude export ban and as the price of oil-related assets rise.

The views of the men who run some of the world’s biggest oil traders, speaking at the Reuters Commodities Summit, reflect how the U.S. shale revolution has upended global crude markets and slowed a near decade-long shift towards fast-growing economies like China and India.

Oct 30, 2014

Total’s new boss says Europe must fight US oil export ban

LONDON, Oct 30 (Reuters) – The new head of French energy
major Total challenged Europe to fight Washington over
the U.S. oil export ban, in his first public appearance since
his predecessor Christophe de Margerie was killed in a Moscow
plane crash last week.

Patrick Pouyanne said on Thursday the export ban flouts
free-trade agreements and puts European and Asian refiners at a
disadvantage, making a bold appeal to European politicians.