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  • Brent holds near $110 on Ukraine crisis Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:49 PM ET

    *Significant progress at Geneva talks on Ukraine seen slim. SINGAPORE, April 17- Brent oil steadied above $109 a barrel on Thursday, trading not far from a six-week high, as rising tensions in Ukraine kept the geopolitical risk premium on crude prices intact, while an upbeat view on U.S. and Chinese demand was also supportive.

  • TOKYO, April 17- U.S. crude futures edged higher to trade just below $104 a barrel in early trade on Thursday, as rising geopolitical tensions over Russia's involvement in the crisis in Ukraine overshadowed a rise in U.S. oil inventories. *U.S. crude for May delivery was up 14 cents at $103.90 per barrel by 0009 GMT, after finishing 1 cent higher on Wednesday.

  • BRASILIA, April 16- Despite a mushrooming scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and bad news on the economic front, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is still the hands-down favorite to win the elections in October, according to a new poll on Wednesday.

  • NEW YORK/ HOUSTON, April 16- Serious crashes in the bustling Bay of Galveston have fallen to the lowest level in a decade even as more oil moves on U.S. waterways, official data show, suggesting that better training and equipment are helping avert spills like one in March.

  • Business Highlights Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 6:29 PM ET

    Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines. NEW YORK— Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs, but higher prices actually have been good for business. The average cost of a roundtrip domestic ticket grew to $378.62 from $351.48 in the last five years, when adjusted for inflation.

  • Environmental groups slam Pa. smog proposal as lax Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 4:48 PM ET

    The Sierra Club, the American Lung Association and other groups say that proposed emissions limits for coal-fired power plants are too lax. The biggest plants would be allowed to release more than 130,000 tons of smog-causing nitrogen oxides annually— 40 percent more than they do now, according to an analysis by the Sierra Club.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. April 16- Brent crude rose toward $110 a barrel on Wednesday on mounting tensions in Ukraine, while prices for U.S. oil were nearly unchanged after a report showed a huge build in stockpiles, which canceled out geopolitical concerns.

  • CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. Oil was up slightly on the day in spite of a 10 million barrel build. Nat gas remained over $4.50, and gold was up a bit at the close.

  • Energy state Dems in Senate races split from Obama Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:45 PM ET

    CHARLESTON, W.Va.— Scrapping to keep a West Virginia Senate seat Democratic in a state that's sprinted to the right, Natalie Tennant is counting on her allegiance to the coal industry to separate herself from an unpopular President Barack Obama. Mary Landrieu is vying for a fourth term representing Louisiana; Alaska Sen.

  • Listen up diesel fans!     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:41 PM ET

    Audi of America president and CEO Scott Keogh discusses the outlook for diesel in the U.S., and its diesel version of the Audi A3 TDI. He says this car will be a "big pillar" of the company's growth.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. LOS ANGELES, April 16- Brent crude rose close to $110 a barrel on Wednesday due to mounting tensions in Ukraine, while prices for U.S. oil fell after a report showed a huge build in stockpiles in the world's largest oil consumer.

  • Chart: Who's using all that nat gas in the US? Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 1:21 PM ET
    A natural gas production platform.

    The U.S. consumed a whopping 26 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in 2013, but more interesting is who's using it—and who's not.

  • LONDON, April 16- When U.S. firm ConocoPhillips spun off its refining assets in 2011 to focus on more profitable oil production, it seemed only a matter of time before one of the oil majors followed suit. Europe's oil refining guru, Marcel van Poecke, believes the move will be repeated one day. They say:' We can buy BP for upstream and Valero for downstream.

  • *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. LONDON, April 16- Global oil prices rose close to $110 a barrel on Wednesday due to mounting tensions in Ukraine, but gave up some gains after an unexpectedly large build in crude stocks in the United States, the world's largest consumer of oil.

  • Why high oil prices are actually good for airlines Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 11:01 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Airline executives frequently complain about fuel costs. "Traditionally, it was too easy to start an airline and too difficult to kill one off," says Jamie Baker, an airline analyst with JPMorgan Chase. Last year, they paid an average of $3.03 a gallon, according to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics.

  • ALGIERS, April 16- Cramped with his young wife and three infants in a shack in Algiers' Citi Hofra slum, Amin Kerchach could be forgiven for being angry at missing out on Algeria's gas wealth.

  • Crude inventories build to 10 million barrels     Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:31 AM ET

    CNBC's Jackie DeAngelis reports crude oil inventories elevated due to geopolitical tensions.

  • SAO PAULO, April 16- With Brazil's economy struggling, a scandal at its state-run oil company and nearly three-quarters of voters saying they want change from their government, President Dilma Rousseff looks vulnerable in her bid for re-election this October.

  • UPDATE 6-Oil rises above $110 on mounting Ukraine tension Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:25 AM ET

    *Troop carriers enter east Ukraine bearing Russian, separatist flags. LONDON, April 16- Global oil prices rose above $110 a barrel on Wednesday, shaking off slower economic growth in China, as tensions mounted in Ukraine.

  • AP names Nigeria chief of bureau Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 | 10:18 AM ET

    JOHANNESBURG— The Associated Press has named Michelle Faul, who has covered the major stories of Africa over the past three decades, as its bureau chief in Nigeria. Faul has been AP's chief Africa correspondent based in Johannesburg since 2005, traveling widely in sub-Saharan Africa.

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