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from Breakingviews:

BP assets worth risk of indigestion for Apache

July 12, 2010

It's potentially hazardous to swallow a meal a third your size. But it could make sense for Apache to grab $10 billion of BP's Alaskan assets. The U.S. firm's flair for squeezing oil from older wells makes it an ideal buyer -- and BP is a keener seller than it was.

Facebook group defends “harassed” BP

June 18, 2010

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BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward branded “the most hated man in America” may be surprised to find himself cast in the role of victim by a growing clan of web-based supporters on Facebook.

Is the re-pricing in stocks and oil complete?

May 28, 2010

-Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Global News Journal:

Volcano chaos: A pointer to potential Iran/Gulf smoke disruption?

April 28, 2010

volcanoAs if they didn’t have enough to think about, planners trying to pin down the unintended consequences of a strike on Iran may be required to reorder their lengthy worry list.

from The Great Debate:

Peak demand leaves refineries idle

March 1, 2010

-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

U.S. refiners have emerged as the biggest losers from the previous surge in oil and push for cleaner energy. The industry's brief golden age has swiftly given way to a prolonged dark period of adjustment and decline.

from Breakingviews:

Stampede of the oil bulls

January 8, 2010

Oil price bulls and bears have both had their triumphs in recent history. The price of crude rose to $147 a barrel in July of 2008 only to plummet to $33 a barrel a few months later. It swung past $82 a barrel this week because of a cold snap, and is up 18 percent since mid-December. But barring heightened tension in the Middle East, oil looks likely to slide in the short term.

from Commentaries:

Ryanair has sights set on greater market share

July 27, 2009

EUROPE RYANAIRRyanair's warning that things are going to get worse in Europe's economies has understandably got investors in airline shares flustered. The airline's own shares fell by more than 8 percent.

Squandered oil wealth, an African tragedy

July 9, 2009

arvind ganesan-Arvind Ganesan is the Director of the Business and Human Rights Program at Human Rights Watch. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Wiwa v Shell: The day of reckoning

June 10, 2009

Ben Amunwa-Ben Amunwa is a campaigner with oil industry watchdog Platform, where he runs Remember Saro-Wiwa, a project that uses art and activism to raise awareness about the impact of the oil in the Niger Delta. The opinions expressed are his own.-

Never mind oil, BP runs low on directors

April 9, 2009

REUTERS

– Neil Collins is a Reuters columnist. The opinions expressed are his own –

LONDON, April 8 (Reuters) – BP has undergone a critical period of self-assessment over the last four years. The chairman, no less, says so in the oil company’s annual report.