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  • SINGAPORE, Oct 3- Brent crude futures rose towards $94 a barrel on Friday after a three-day slide pulled prices to their lowest since 2012, but the overall bearish tone appears intact amid ample supply. The crude benchmark is set to end lower for a fourth week in five, having fallen more than 15 percent this year as global supplies have remained high despite rising...

  • *Interest rates on hold at record lows. NAPLES, Italy, Oct 2- The European Central Bank will buy bundles of loans and other forms of secured debt from mid-month in an attempt to kick start a languishing euro zone economy, despite misgivings in Germany and elsewhere. President Mario Draghi said the ECB would begin to buy covered bonds, a form of secured debt, from banks...

  • NYMEX-Crude rises toward $91 on U.S. oil stocks drop Wednesday, 1 Oct 2014 | 7:56 PM ET

    TOKYO, Oct 2- U.S. crude futures edged up on Thursday towards $91 a barrel and paring losses from a day earlier due to support from a U.S. government report showing a surprise drop in U.S. crude stockpiles. *NYMEX crude for November delivery was up 18 cents at $90.91 a barrel by 2324 GMT, after settling down 43 cents at $90.73 on Wednesday. *The oil price drop is a concern for...

  • *Saudi Arabia cuts November oil price to Asia. NEW YORK, Oct 1- Oil prices fell toward $94 a barrel on Wednesday, continuing a three-month losing stretch as weak economic signals from China and Europe and ample global supply continued to weigh.

  • DUBAI/ KHOBAR, Oct 1- Saudi Aramco sharply cut official oil prices for Asian customers in November, the state-run company said on Wednesday in the clearest sign yet the world's largest exporter is trying to compete for crude market share.

  • NEW YORK, Oct 1- Brent oil bounced off a two-year low and headed toward $96 a barrel on Wednesday and U.S. crude also rose as crude stockpiles fell unexpectedly and Chinese factory data offered signs of hope for the slowing economy.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to above $96 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey and a surprise drop in U.S. crude oil inventories.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. LONDON, Oct 1- Oil rose from a more than two-year low to over $95 a barrel on Wednesday as a slightly better-than-expected Chinese factory survey countered worries of an economic slowdown in the world's No. 2 oil consumer and ample supplies.

  • *China's PMI steadies at 51.1, just above forecast. *Ample supply, higher OPEC output weighs on prices. Concern over growing oil supply despite conflict in the Middle East and a stronger dollar pushed global benchmark Brent to its lowest since June 2012 on Tuesday, and the same factors are likely to keep a lid on any price recovery.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. Brent oil for November delivery was up 30 cents at $94.97 a barrel by 0627 GMT, off a session high of $95.17.

  • "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • Brent edges above $95 on relief over China's PMI Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 | 10:36 PM ET

    "It's a tiny bit better than the market expected, but the China bears have been beating their chest very loudly in the past few weeks so we should see some relief rally," said Ben Le Brun, market analyst at OptionsXpress in Sydney. The contract fell $2.53 to settle at $94.67 on Tuesday, after touching a session low of $94.24, its weakest since June 2012.

  • *Mood swing from austerity seen helping France's case. PARIS, Sept 30- From Athens to Madrid and Dublin to Rome, France can count on a sympathetic hearing in several European capitals in its campaign for leniency over the latest broken promise to bring its public finances into shape.

  • *OPEC output highest since November 2012- Reuters. LONDON, Sept 30- OPEC's oil supply jumped to its highest in almost two years in September, a Reuters survey found, due to further recovery in Libya and higher output from Saudi Arabia and other Gulf producers in the face of sub- $100 per barrel oil prices.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 13 Monday, 29 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Monetary Policy Committee member David Miles speaks at London School of Economics and Political Science- 1730 GMT. VIENNA- ECB Executive Board member Sabine Lautenschlaeger speaks at the annual supervisory conference in Vienna on the topic: "National supervision within a European system- getting the balance right"- 0745 GMT.

  • *Libya's oil output increases to 925,000 bpd. LONDON, Sept 26- Brent crude slipped below $97 a barrel on Friday and headed for a third straight month of declines as rising supplies outweighed fears that U.S.-led strikes against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq could disrupt oil production.

  • *Libya's oil output increases to 925,000 bpd. LONDON, Sept 26- Brent crude held near $97 a barrel on Friday but headed for its biggest monthly drop since April 2013 as rising supplies outweighed fears that U.S.-led strikes against Islamist militants in Syria and Iraq would disrupt oil production.

  • UPDATE 4-Brent drops below $97 on rising supply Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 5:28 AM ET

    *Libya's oil output rises to 925,000 bpd. LONDON, Sept 26- Brent crude fell below $97 a barrel on Friday and headed for its biggest monthly drop since April 2013 as rising supplies outweighed fears that U.S.-led strikes against Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq would disrupt oil production.

  • *Libya's oil output rises to 925,000 bpd. LONDON, Sept 26- Brent crude fell below $97 a barrel on Friday and headed for its worst month since April 2013 as rising supplies outweighed fears that U.S.-led strikes against Islamic militants in Syria and Iraq would disrupt oil production.

  • DIARY - Top Economic Events to Oct 8 Thursday, 25 Sep 2014 | 8:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England holds quarterly Financial Policy Committee meeting. Federal Reserve chair Ben Bernanke speaks before the National Association for Business Economics annual meeting in Chicago- 1615 GMT.