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Apr 24, 2012

Impact of new rules on physical commods seen limited

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 24 (Reuters) – Efforts to
increase regulation of physical trade in commodities such as oil
are unlikely to have a big impact on business in this
traditionally opaque sector and would be hard to implement, top
trading house executives said on Tuesday.

Regulatory initiatives on commodities trading have mostly
focused on futures and derivatives, but non-governmental
organisations are also calling for stricter rules on disclosure
for physical commodities deals.

Apr 24, 2012

Private still best despite Glencore – commodities traders

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (Reuters) – Private partnerships still offer the best route to growth and development for most commodity traders, feeding the personal touch which sustains business, despite the success of Glencore’s share flotation last year, senior traders said on Tuesday.

Glencore (GLEN.L: Quote, Profile, Research) raised more than $10 billion via an initial public offering last May, making six of its directors billionaires including Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg, but so far its rivals have not followed suit.

Apr 24, 2012

Private still best despite Glencore-commod traders

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, April 24 (Reuters) – Private
partnerships still offer the best route to growth and
development for most commodity traders, feeding the personal
touch which sustains business, despite the success of Glencore’s
share flotation last year, senior traders said on Tuesday.

Glencore raised more than $10 billion via an
initial public offering last May, making six of its directors
billionaires including Chief Executive Ivan Glasenberg, but so
far its rivals have not followed suit.

Apr 23, 2012

Petroplus’ UK plant to shut for work in Sept

LONDON/GENEVA, April 23 (Reuters) – The UK administrator for
Petroplus’ British refinery Coryton said on Monday the
plant will shut for around 6-8 weeks from late September for
major work expected to cost around $150 million.

The 175,000 barrel per day plant near London is on the
market after its Swiss-based owner filed for insolvency in
January, a victim of thin refining margins and high debt.

Apr 23, 2012

Oil traders could face new rules on purchases

GENEVA, April 23 (Reuters) – Oil traders buying from
national oil firms could face new disclosure rules within a year
as part of an effort led by the Extractive Industries
Transparency Initiative (EITI), the group told Reuters on
Monday.

The EITI, which has already implemented similar measures in
oil producers Iraq and Norway, said that the rules would apply
to all companies trading with EITI signatories.

Apr 20, 2012

Litasco’s traded oil volumes slip in 2011

GENEVA, April 20 (Reuters) – The Geneva-based trading arm of
Russia’s LUKOIL, traded slightly less oil in 2011 than
the previous year, a company document showed, as higher export
tariffs diverted more flows to the domestic market.

Russian crude export duties are linked to the price of
Russia’s key Urals crude blend URL-E which rose to a
historical high of $110 a barrel last year, according to Reuters
calculations.

Apr 18, 2012

Swiss leave loophole on EU’s Iran oil embargo

GENEVA, April 18 (Reuters) – Switzerland on Wednesday left a
loophole open as sanctions tighten against Iran, that may let
Swiss-based oil trading companies evade a European Union ban on
trading Iranian oil.

The Swiss Economics Ministry said it would make a decision
on the EU’s ban on the importation, purchase or shipping of
Iranian oil, at a “later date”, without giving specifics.

Apr 17, 2012

Total to cut oil flows at giant Angolan field

GENEVA, April 17 (Reuters) – French oil major Total
will cut oil supplies at a giant deep oil platform off
the coast of Angola for planned works in June, trade sources
said on Tuesday.

Girassol, which means sunflower in Portuguese, is one of
OPEC member Angola’s largest fields and can pump up to 250,000
barrels per day (bpd).

Apr 13, 2012

Swiss banks test French dominance in commods finance

GENEVA, April 13 (Reuters) – Swiss banks are expanding
aggressively in commodity trade finance and have lured top
talent away from dominant French rivals as refinancing woes
force them to curb their activities.

Commodity trade finance, the low-risk and low-margin
business of lending cash to arbitrage copper shipments and
import grain, has been in crisis since French banks started
cutting back last year due to a shortage of dollar liquidity.

Apr 12, 2012

India replaces China as Iran’s top oil client

GENEVA, April 12 (Reuters) – India has vaulted to the top of
the list of Iran’s oil customers, overtaking China, in a first
quarter buying surge ahead of tighter sanctions against Tehran
this summer, data published by a leading industry consultant
showed.

Direct imports to India from Iran were 433,000 barrels per
day (bpd) in the first quarter compared with 256,000 bpd to
China, according to data compiled by Geneva’s Petrologistics and
seen by Reuters via an industry source.