OPEC oil exporters agreed on Friday to leave output policy unchanged on Friday as oil held around the group's preferred level of $100 a barrel.
Oil traders should not lose too much sleep worrying about what OPEC, often unpredictable and quarrelsome in the past, will do when it meets next week.
Torgrim Reitan, CFO of Statoil, tells CNBC that earnings and production are growing significantly and 2012 was the best exploration year for the company since 1997.
Majid Jafar, CEO of Crescent Petroleum, tells CNBC that a general sense of instability post the Arab Spring has already been factored in to the oil price but there has been no direct impact from the Algerian hostage attack.
A consortium that deals with security issues is warning about possible threats to oil installations in Libya.
Neil Atkinson, director of Energy Research & Analysis at Datamonitor, tells CNBC that BP are talking about suspending drilling activities in Libya following the terrorist attack in Algeria.
Tony Nash, Managing Director, IHS discusses the ground level risks that energy firms face. He says companies are taking a more disciplined and methodological approach to risk.
The biggest mistake the energy industry makes is to ignore regional and geopolitical dynamics. It's complicated, and the corporate world doesn't have the patience for it.
Lord Malloch-Brown, EMEA chairman of FTI Consulting, tells CNBC that the revival of the centrist vote in Israel is 'good news' but a weaker Netanyahu may become a 'prisoner' of the right.
Brent crude rose above $112 a barrel on Tuesday, after Japan pledged to pump in more money to boost its economy.
Andrew Su, CEO, Compass Global Markets says the economic picture in the U.S. and Europe will worsen, which will lead WTI prices to retreat drastically in the next few months.
Algerian special forces have found the bodies of two Canadian Islamist fighters after a bloody siege at a desert gas plant, a security source said on Monday, as the death toll reached at least 80 after troops stormed the complex to end the hostage crisis.
Tom Price, Global Commodity Analyst, UBS says Algeria's gas plant attack is the latest in a series of supply-side shocks to oil, but unconventional supplies could constrain the upside to oil prices.
Algeria said on Sunday it expected heavy hostage casualties after its troops ended a desert siege, but Western governments warned against criticizing tactics used by their vital ally in the struggle with Islamists across the Sahara.
The Algerian army carried out a dramatic final assault to end a siege by Islamic militants at a desert gas plant on Saturday, killing 11 al Qaeda-linked gunmen after they took the lives of seven more foreign hostages.
"Let's not forget this is an act of terror," said Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, in commenting on the hostages held in Algeria. Americans are still being held hostage, among others, with Peter Brookes, Heritage Foundation senior fellow.
Terrorist want to exchange hostages for Omar Abdel Rahman, reports CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis. Also, a look at the impact on energy prices, with CNBC's Sharon Epperson.
The hostage rescue operation in Algeria is an ongoing, fluid situation, reports CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis.
Oualid Khelifi, research analyst at African Energy, talks to CNBC about the hostage situation in Algeria and why the Algerian army decided to move in.
Oil is slipping slightly this morning as the Algeria hostage crisis continues, with Boris Schlossberg, Managing Director, BK Asset Management; Kevin Book, ClearView Energy Partners; Barry Knapp; Barclays; and Rebecca Patterson, Bessemer Trust.