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Oct 17, 2012

Brent oil slips as global economy worry persists

LONDON, Oct 17 (Reuters) – Brent crude oil fell on Wednesday
as lingering worry about the global economy overshadowed relief
that Spain avoided a ratings downgrade and optimism prompted by
firm U.S. corporate results.

Brent fell 33 cents to $113.67 a barrel by 0825 GMT.
The November contract, which expired on Tuesday, closed 73 cents
lower at $115.07, while December settled 40 cents lower at
$114.00. U.S. oil gained 9 cents to $92.18.

Oct 11, 2012

Oil pushes higher on Syria tension

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil headed for its highest close in a month on Thursday, lifted by escalating tension between Syria and Turkey, maintenance in the North Sea and a supply crunch in oil products.

November Brent crude rose 69 cents to $115.02 a barrel by 4.56 a.m. EDT after a volatile session on Wednesday that saw the contract up to $115.59, its highest since September 17, before settling down slightly.

Oct 3, 2012

Oil falls as economic data dims demand outlook

LONDON, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Crude oil prices fell on
Wednesday, as weak data from Europe and China dimmed the outlook
for demand, while Europe’s festering debt crisis added to the

Brent November crude futures had fallen 90 cents to
$110.67 a barrel by 0830 GMT. They ended Tuesday below two
critical technical levels — the 50-day moving average at
$112.06 and the 200-day moving average at $112.09.

Sep 19, 2012

Oil rises as Japan also opens monetary taps

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil prices rose on Wednesday after Japan’s central bank became the latest country to further open the monetary taps to help stimulate its economy.

Following similar action by the U.S. Federal Reserve, Japan, the world’s third biggest oil consumer said it would boost asset purchases in the face of a slowing global economy, spurring hopes that other central banks would follow suit.

Sep 12, 2012

Oil gains on euro zone bailout, Fed hopes

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil rose for a fifth straight session on Wednesday, lifted by a German court decision in favor of a euro zone bailout fund and hopes the Federal Reserve will ease monetary policy this week.

Brent crude for October delivery, which expires on Thursday, was up 68 cents at $116.08 a barrel by 0853 GMT. It was on track for its highest close since Aug 16.

Sep 7, 2012

Brent gains ahead of U.S. jobs data

LONDON, Sept 7 (Reuters) – Oil rose on Friday ahead of a
U.S. jobs report which could strengthen the case for more
economic stimulus in the world’s biggest oil consumer.

Brent crude futures rose 26 cents to $113.75 per
barrel by 0842 GMT. U.S. crude rose 35 cents to $95.88.

Sep 6, 2012

Citigroup launches commodity trade finance business

LONDON, Sept 6 (Reuters) – U.S. bank Citigroup has
launched a commodity trade finance unit, expanding into a sector
once dominated by European lenders who have been shrinking their
activities to cope with the euro zone debt crisis.

Citigroup has hired Kris Van Broekhoven from Deutsche Bank
to lead the new unit, part of its transaction
services business, a spokesman said on Thursday.

Aug 3, 2012

Brent crude up as U.S. payrolls awaited

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil reached $107 a barrel on Friday, as investors awaited key U.S. jobs data that could bolster hopes that the Federal Reserve may do more to stimulate the economy.

Brent crude gained $1.10 cents to $107.00 per barrel by 0831 GMT. It was on track for its highest close since July 19. U.S. oil rose 98 cents to $88.11.

Jul 27, 2012

Barclays sees more oil supply deals after Essar

LONDON, July 27 (Reuters) – European refiners will
increasingly choose to have oil supply deals with banks to
reduce price volatility risks and ease burdens on working
capital, Barclays said on Friday after its first major
oil supply deal in Europe this week.

“We see more transactions like this for clients looking to
mitigate their capital and commodity risks,” John Eleoterio,
global head of commodities structured origination at Barclays,
told Reuters.

Jul 25, 2012

Brent steady, Middle East strife offsets Europe gloom

LONDON (Reuters) – Brent crude oil gained slightly on Wednesday, as concern about threats to oil supply from the Middle East offset worries about oil demand from the euro zone.

Brent crude added 13 cents to $103.55 a barrel by 0852 GMT while U.S. crude was down 2 cents to $88.48.

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