PRAGUE, March 8- Four central European countries have asked the U.S. Congress to make it easier for them to import natural gas from the United States and reduce their dependence on supplies from Russia, the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.» Read More
Oil fell more than $1.50 on Monday after forecasts projected Hurricane Dean would skirt to the south of the U.S. Gulf of Mexico that is home to half of U.S. refining capacity and pumps a third of its oil.
Wall Street is set for a higher open after world stock markets rebounded in a Fed-inspired relief rally. Tokyo stocks were up 3%, the biggest gain in more than a year, in its first trading day since the Fed move. European stock markets, up sharply Friday, continue to rise this morning.
Investors hoping for the quiet dog days of August may find a reprieve from the market's summer storm next week, but they more likely will find themselves in markets tossed by a debate on the Fed's next move and the health of the economy.
Gulf of Mexico oil and natural gas producers were evacuating offshore workers and shutting small amounts of production over the weekend as they watched powerful Hurricane Dean storm across the Caribbean Sea toward an entry into the Gulf next week.
Before the recent downturn in the U.S. stock market, portfolio strategists and market prognosticators said the resiliency of the markets was a key sign of positive times ahead.
Stocks rallied Friday as investors were encouraged by a cut in discount rates by the Fed. "As long as we can stay out of the woods with further credit problems, we can build from this base and go forward steadily," said James Maguire, Sr., managing director at LaBranche. "I think we've hit the bottom. We might fish around here for a bit, but I'm very confident."
Energy companies in the Gulf of Mexico stepped up evacuations of workers Friday ahead of the first Atlantic hurricane of 2007, even as most revised forecasts showed the storm missing oil and gas installations.
Oil prices jumped Friday after the U.S. Federal Reserve cut a key interest rate to calm financial markets and on concerns Hurricane Dean could hit Gulf of Mexico installations.
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A strong rally during the final half-hour of trading erased much of Wall Street's losses in another volatile trading session. The rebound was led by recently battered financial shares on optimism regulators may let Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two biggest U.S. mortgage funding companies, play a bigger role in steadying the ailing industry.
A fire broke out Thursday at Chevron's largest U.S. refinery in Pascagoula, Miss., but authorities said there were no immediate reports of injuries.
Oil dropped as much as $3 Thursday, as credit and economic fears pounded global financial markets and spurred investor selling.
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U.S. stocks closed near the lows of the session as a return of credit market concerns sparked declines. "I think the market is trying to find a bottom, but the psychology is brittle," said Alec Young, equity market strategist at S&P. "There are concerns with the liquidity problems right now, with credit spreads widening out and where is the next shoe to drop."
Investors fled to the safety of Treasury debt Wednesday but shied away from other government paper, such as those issued by Ginnie Mae and Fannie Mae.
Stocks closed sharply lower, with the Dow dropping more than 200 points, amid continuing anxiety about the credit markets and a weak earnings outlook from Wal-Mart. "I still feel the market is headed for a lower low," said Byron Wien, chief market strategist at Pequot Capital Management.
Oil prices rose on Tuesday as concerns about a newly formed tropical storm in the Atlantic countered fresh troubles in credit markets.
U.S. stocks closed little-changed amid investor concerns that more credit troubles may be down the road. "I think there's still a lot of convincing to do to investors that things are going to work out fairly well," said Sam Stovall, chief investment strategist at Standard & Poor's.