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  • Middle East in Crisis: a Worst-Case Scenario Tuesday, 1 Mar 2011 | 3:00 AM ET
    An international oil tanker passes through the Suez canal in Ismailia, Egypt.

    The Middle East crisis will lead to an 'energy shock' for the West, increasing stagflation, David Murrin, author of "Breaking the Code of History" and hedge fund manager, said.

  • The Big Freeze   Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 3:51 PM ET
    The Big Freeze

    The U.S. Treasury has announced it's freezing a whopping $30B in Libyan assets, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    If you're looking for a news story containing the name of the Libyan leader you may be in for a challenge: The spelling of 'Gaddafi' across news outlets has been as erratic as his recent behavior.

  • Gaddafi Wants to Abolish Switzerland Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 9:48 AM ET
    Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi

    Switzerland has also moved to freeze the assets of the Libyan regime. But it seems unlikely that Colonel Gaddafi and his cronies would be stashing their wealth in Zurich these days.

  • Oil Supply-Side Shock Would Hurt: Economist Monday, 28 Feb 2011 | 8:35 AM ET
    Oil Rig

    There is rarely a happy ending when the price of crude jumps sharply, Stephen King, the chief economist at HSBC in London, said.

  • BENGHAZI, LIBYA - FEBRUARY 25: Libyans protest demanding the removal of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi following Friday prayers on February 25, 2011 in Benghazi, Libya. Benghazi residents mourned more victims of the violence as fighting continued around the capitol Tripoli.

    Oil prices are likely to extend last week's gains despite assurances from de facto OPEC leader Saudi Arabia that it's willing and able to meet any supply shortfalls from Libya, according to the latest CNBC market sentiment survey.

  • Stanford, Libya Connected Through Alleged Ponzi Scheme Saturday, 26 Feb 2011 | 2:23 PM ET
    Allen Stanford on a hospital trolly after being assaulted by jail prisoners.

    The Libyan government's sovereign wealth  fund invested some $500 million with Stanford but the deal feel apart when the SEC charged Stanford of running a $7 billion ponzi scheme. Libya may have managed to withdraw much of its Stanford investment.

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    Thursday's violent swings in oil prices put in a "blow off" top for WTI crude, and the market is in a neutral zone with a bias is to the upside, said oil analyst Mike Fitzpatrick.

  • Oil Traders Brace for Upside Risk on Mideast Turmoil Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 4:53 PM ET
    A commodities trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Oil prices for the most active Brent and WTI crude contracts are still up over 10 percent since last Friday — and there's no sign that Mideast  turmoil will cease over the weekend. So oil traders are bracing for more — perhaps much more — upside risk.

  • Ferry Evacuating Americans Reaches Malta Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 4:26 PM ET
    Protests in Libya

    After three days of delays, a U.S.-chartered ferry evacuated Americans and other foreigners out of Libya on Friday and brought them to the Mediterranean island of Malta.

  • Signal & Noise in the Energy Markets Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 3:11 PM ET

    Teasing out short term trading noise from durable economic news is tricky business.

  • BlackRock's Doll Says Worst May Be Over Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 1:02 PM ET

    "When people don't know, they hunker down and own less risk," the equity strategist said. "If you think more of this is coming, you sell some stocks, buy some Treasurys, and buy some gold...and I wouldn't make that trade."

  • A wounded Egyptian man is brought away from front lines during a clash between pro- and anti-Mubarak protesters February 2, 2011.

    The role of Facebook in the Middle East revolutions is "overstated," says one prominent Jordanian businessman.

  • Will Oil Price Shock Kill the Recovery ? Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 11:34 AM ET
    Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011

    Massive instability in North Africa is terrible news for a fragile US recovery: Though just how terrible remains to be seen.

  • Options Market Sees Oil Under $115 Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 10:58 AM ET

    Oil prices have seen wild moves in recent days amid increasing violence in the Mideast, but the options market is telling us the roller-coaster ride may be over.

  • Democracy in the Middle East? Thank Bernanke Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 10:05 AM ET
    Protests in Libya

    Forget Twitter and Facebook. Forget outspoken Google spacer Exec Wael Ghonim. If you want to know who should get credit for the sudden surge towards democracy in the Middle East, send a ‘Thank You’ note to Ben Bernanke.

  • Saudis Stress Oil Actions Are Important, Not Words Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 9:29 AM ET

    If Saudi raised oil production to 9 million barrels per day, then they've chosen a good time to do it.

  • Anti-Gaddafi Forces Plan New Push in Libya Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 6:33 AM ET
    Demonstrators hold up a banner featuring Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi reading 'Kadhafi is a murderer' as they stage a protest outside the Libyan embassy in Istanbul on February 21, 2011

    Libyans braced for mass protests Friday as the rebel movement called for a new push to oust  Moammar Gaddafi after a day of fierce fighting in which rebels made new gains and  advanced closer to his stronghold in Tripoli while pro-government forces attacked two nearby cities in battles that killed at least 17 people.

  • On the Ground in Libya   Friday, 25 Feb 2011 | 12:00 AM ET
    On the Ground in Libya

    Protesters gather in the streets of Libya, as hospitals begin to fill up with injured and Libyan citizens pack up to leave the country.

  • Rumors Fly in Wild Day in the Oil Pit Thursday, 24 Feb 2011 | 7:00 PM ET

    Tweets, bleats and Al-Jazeera, and maybe new margin requirements were all part of the reason behind the big swing in oil prices Thursday.