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Dec 3, 2012

Swiss anti-bribery law for commodity traders stillborn

GENEVA, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Swiss cabinet on Monday
rejected a motion that would force mining companies and private
commodity trading houses to declare payments made to
resource-rich countries.

The decision puts the traditionally neutral country at odds
with the United States and the European Union, both of which
are pursuing tough new rules for oil, gas and mining companies
aimed at reducing corruption.

Nov 26, 2012

Libyan oil fever fades as 2013 talks begin

GENEVA/LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – A year after oil firms
jockeyed to secure the first deals in post-war Libya, political
disorder and a large surplus of oil in Europe have sapped
enthusiasm ahead of talks this week for 2013 contracts worth
around $50 billion.

More than a year has passed since the ousters of Muammar
Gaddafi took control of the OPEC country, and while oil output
has risen back to pre-war levels of 1.6 million barrels per day,
unrest still disrupt shipments and work at refineries.

Nov 21, 2012

Exxon warning adds to Nigeria oil output problems

ABUJA/GENEVA (Reuters) – ExxonMobil on Wednesday became the fourth oil major in a month to warn customers over delays to Nigerian oil and gas exports, adding to a raft of problems for Africa’s biggest energy producer caused by oil spills, theft and flooding.

Royal Dutch Shell lifted on Wednesday its force majeure on Nigeria’s benchmark Bonny Light crude oil exports, easing some of the supply concerns.

Nov 20, 2012

Xstrata shareholders snub board with Glencore vote

LONDON/ZUG, Switzerland (Reuters) – Shareholders in Xstrata (XTA.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) dealt a blow to their board on Tuesday, ushering through a long-awaited $31 billion takeover by trader Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) but vetoing a controversial executive pay plan that had been backed by the miner’s directors.

The snub prompted Xstrata’s current chairman John Bond, who will be chairman of the combined group, to announce he would step down once a replacement is found.

Nov 20, 2012

Glencore eyes finish line in marathon Xstrata deal

LONDON/ZUG, Switzerland, Nov 20 (Reuters) – Shareholders in
commodities trader Glencore have overwhelmingly
approved its long-awaited $31 billion takeover of miner Xstrata
, paving the way for one of the largest tie-ups in the
sector to date.

After nine months of tense negotiations, late-night talks
and last-minute twists, the deal to create a mining and trading
powerhouse is within Glencore’s grasp – a personal victory for
its biggest shareholder, key dealmaker and chief executive, Ivan
Glasenberg, who will also lead the combined group.

Nov 19, 2012

Oil traders, funds snub new ICE Brent NX contract

LONDON/GENEVA, Nov 19 (Reuters) – Investors say they have no
plans to switch to the new Brent NX contract which was unveiled
over a year ago, leaving futures exchange ICE with tough choices
to make in 2013 over how to terminate the existing benchmark.

The majority of fund managers care little about the
technicalities of cargo delivery dates, the reason why ICE
introduced the new contract, and some are barely aware it is on
the board. The equivalent of just 0.1 percent of total Brent
volumes has switched.

Nov 16, 2012

Swiss government rejects proposal to widen Iran oil reporting rules

GENEVA (Reuters) – The Swiss cabinet has no plans to extend its reporting requirements on transactions with Iran to cover offshore branches of oil trading firms, it said, rejecting proposals from leftist parliamentarians.

A group of seven members of the Swiss Social Democrats Party raised the issue in September after Reuters revealed that the Bahraini branch of top Geneva-based oil trader Vitol was buying and selling Iranian fuel oil.

Nov 16, 2012

Swiss govt. rejects proposal to widen Iran oil reporting rules

GENEVA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – The Swiss cabinet has no plans to
extend its reporting requirements on transactions with Iran to
cover offshore branches of oil trading firms, it said, rejecting
proposals from leftist parliamentarians.

A group of seven members of the Swiss Social Democrats Party
raised the issue in September after Reuters revealed that the
Bahraini branch of top Geneva-based oil trader Vitol was buying
and selling Iranian fuel oil.

Nov 16, 2012

Nigerian oil export delays lengthen on spills, theft

ABUJA/GENEVA, Nov 16 (Reuters) – Nigerian crude oil export
delays have lengthened, traders said on Friday, a sign that a
raft of recent output problems caused by oil theft and flooding
are increasingly holding back supplies from Africa’s biggest
producer.

Nigerian authorities said last month major oil theft
incidents and the country’s worst floods in 50 years caused oil
output to drop by a fifth, but days later said things were back
to normal.

Nov 15, 2012

Egypt strikes Ukraine from approved wheat supply list

GENEVA, Nov 15 (Reuters) – Egypt, the world’s biggest
importer of wheat, will remove Ukraine from its list of
suppliers in 2013 after Kiev said it would halt exports from
Dec. 1, the government’s main buyer said on Thursday.

The decision is bad news for Ukraine, which has angered some
of its foreign buyers by sending mixed messages on exports since
a drought that decimated this year’s crop, and may mean it
struggles to sell to Egypt in the future even when it has
available stocks.