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Mar 26, 2013

Oil gains on U.S. data, Brent premium at 8-month low

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Brent oil’s premium to U.S.
crude fell to its lowest in more than eight months, lifted by
strong U.S. home sales data and as higher shale oil supply
reduced the U.S. need for imports.

U.S. single-family home prices rose in January, the biggest
annual increase in six-and-a-half years, helping bolster the
demand outlook in the world’s largest oil consumer.

Mar 26, 2013

Oil pressured by Cyprus worries

LONDON, March 26 (Reuters) – Brent oil fell slightly on
Tuesday, remaining within its range of the past two weeks, as
the effect of the Cyprus bailout faded and traders saw little
direction for the market.

Brent crude futures slipped 8 cents to $108.08 a
barrel by 0932 GMT, in the middle of its recent $107 to $109
range. U.S. crude gained 40 cents to $95.21.

Mar 15, 2013

Oil above $109 on U.S. recovery hopes, supply worries

LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose above $109
a barrel on Friday as strong U.S. jobs data fuelled hopes of a
better outlook for demand in the world’s top oil consumer, while
concerns over supply from the Middle East added support.

Investors took on more risk as the jobs data added to other
positive economic news, suggesting a steady recovery in the
world’s largest economy.

Feb 28, 2013

Oil rises above $112 on central bank outlook

LONDON, Feb 28 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose above $112 a
barrel on Thursday, supported by renewed confidence that major
central banks would keep taking steps to support the global
economy.

Brent crude for April delivery gained 19 cents to
$112.06 a barrel by 0928 GMT, after earlier rising to $112.34.
It slipped to $111.65 on Wednesday, its weakest since Jan. 22.

Feb 20, 2013

Oil steady, more Saudi supply seen

LONDON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – Oil prices were little changed on
Wednesday as the prospect of more Saudi supply offset optimism
about the global economy that has helped bolster an improved
demand outlook.

April Brent crude futures was 2 cents up at $117.54
a barrel by 1040 GMT after posting their first gain in four
sessions on Tuesday. U.S. crude added 21 cents to $96.87.
The contract expires later on Wednesday.

Feb 14, 2013

Shale oil could boost global GDP by $2.7 trln a year -PwC

LONDON, Feb 14 (Reuters) – Worldwide shale oil production
could add $2.7 trillion to the global economy annually by 2035
by slashing the price of crude by as much as $50 a barrel, PwC
said on Thursday.

Shale oil production could surge to 14 million barrels per
day, or as much as 12 percent of total oil output from around 1
percent now, as it expands from its U.S. base over the next two
decades, the world’s largest accounting firm said in a report.

Feb 13, 2013

Oil slips after IEA demand outlook cut tempers optimism

LONDON, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Oil fell slightly on Wednesday,
after the International Energy Agency (IEA) cut its demand
outlook, tempering optimism on the global economy which helped
push oil to its highest in nine months last week.

A cut in the demand outlook from the IEA of 90,000 barrels
per day saw oil retreat from the day’s high after Tuesday’s more
bullish reports from the U.S. Energy Information Administration
(EIA) and Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries.

Feb 8, 2013

Nigeria oil, gas outages dent its supply status

LONDON/ABUJA Feb 8 (Reuters) – Nigeria’s latest oil and gas
outages have further dented its reputation as a reliable energy
supplier, at a time when demand for imports is falling in the
United States and Asia has an increasing choice of suppliers.

Exxon warned customers of supply disruptions from
Nigeria’s biggest oil stream Qua Iboe on Thursday and Shell
said gas supplies to one of the world’s largest
Liquefied Natural Gas terminals would be delayed, both due to
pipeline damage.

Feb 7, 2013

Oil rises towards $118 after ECB meeting

LONDON, Feb 7 (Reuters) – Oil reached its highest level
since September on Thursday after the head of the European
Central Bank chief said inflationary pressures were likely to
diminish and due to renewed tensions in the Middle East.

ECB President Mario Draghi said he expected inflation to
fall below 2 percent in coming months and that economic activity
should gradually recover later in 2013.

Feb 6, 2013

Oil holds above $116 on economic optimism

LONDON, Feb 6 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil futures held above
$116 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by positive economic data
from the United States and Europe which helped boost confidence
in demand outlook.

The vast U.S. services sector extended a three-year run of
growth, while data showing signs of recovery in Europe’s
business activity also helped convince investors that the global
economy was emerging from a slowdown.

    • About Simon

      "I am a senior correspondent at Reuters in London, working on the energy desk covering the oil market, both physical and futures, with a particular focus on oil products. I have been at Reuters since January 2007, and did stints on the foreign exchange and stockmarkets desk before moving to commodities. I sometimes write lifestyle pieces, and have a particular interest in food and literature."
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