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  • *Iran reiterates opposition to nuclear deal with timelines. NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rose on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran stressed that it opposed a timeline for a freeze on nuclear activities, news that helped crude rebound from an early slide tied to swelling U.S. stockpiles. U.S. crude settled up $1.01 at $51.53 a barrel,...

  • NEW YORK, March 4- U.S. oil futures rebounded on Wednesday and benchmark Brent pared losses as OPEC member Iran reinforced its opposition to a nuclear deal with timelines, helping the market recover from an earlier price slide tied to big U.S. crude supplies. Brent was down 57 cents at $60.45 a barrel at 2:41 p.m. EST, off the day's low of $59.47.

  • LONDON, March 4- Brent crude oil steadied above $60 a barrel on Wednesday after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said he expected the oil market to balance itself. Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said he hoped and expected the oil market to balance and prices, which hit a nearly six-year low around $45 in January, to stabilize, adding to signs OPEC's largest exporter is...

  • *Fighting escalates in Libya, militants seize oilfield. LONDON, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes and militant raids on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence in a demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised official selling prices for its...

  • *Saudi Arabia raises monthly prices for crude sales to U.S., Asia. SINGAPORE, March 4- Brent dipped on Wednesday but held above $60 a barrel, supported by a rise in Saudi crude prices and air strikes on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as showing Saudi Arabia's confidence about a recovery in demand, the OPEC kingpin raised the official selling prices for...

  • Brent holds above $60 after Saudi price hikes Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 10:10 PM ET

    *Fighting escalates in Libya before UN talks. SINGAPORE, March 4- Brent held above $60 a barrel on Wednesday supported by a hike in Saudi crude prices and strikes on oil facilities in Libya. In a move widely seen as a vote of confidence by Saudi Arabia in demand recovery, the OPEC kingpin raised the official selling prices for its oil deliveries to Asia and the United...

  • NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, while rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia on its crude buyers in Asia, the United States and northwest Europe was another...

  • *Netanyahu hits out against Iran in U.S. Congress, fueling rise. NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran, and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Gains accelerated just before noon in New York when...

  • *Saudis fear Obama wants Iran deal "whatever the cost". Secretary of State John Kerry flies to Riyadh this week to try to reassure King Salman that any nuclear deal with Iran will be in Saudi interests, despite the kingdom's fears that it may boost Tehran's backing for Shi'ite Muslim groups in the region. While the main critics of the U.S. push for a nuclear deal with...

  • Israel's Netanyahu warns against Iran nuclear deal Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 1:55 PM ET
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses a joint meeting of Congress in the House Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 3, 2015.

    In the most anticipated speech to the U.S. Congress by a foreign leader in years, Netanyahu said Iran's regime was "as radical as ever."

  • *Netanyahu hits out against Iran in U.S. Congress, fuelling rise. NEW YORK, March 3- Oil rebounded on Tuesday as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned the Obama administration against accepting a weak nuclear deal with Iran and rival Libyan forces targeted oil terminals in the African nation. Gains in Brent accelerated after Netanyahu told the U.S....

  • *Coming Up: American Petroleum Institute data at 2130 GMT. Higher prices imposed by Saudi Arabia for its crude buyers in Asia, the U.S. and northwest Europe did not immediately boost benchmark Brent and U.S. oil futures, although some traders saw the move as supportive. Brent jumped almost 3 percent, trading firmly above the $60- a-barrel support level, as rival...

  • *Israel, Iran tight-lipped on decades-old arbitration. *Pressure in Israel to remove secrecy. But since the 1979 revolution that brought the ayatollahs to power, Iran has been demanding its share of revenues and assets that remained in Israel.

  • Netanyahu to address Congress  Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 AM ET

    NBC's Tracie Potts reports a growing number of members of Congress will skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech on Tuesday because they believe it is too political.

  • *High U.S. and Middle East production maintains supply glut. SINGAPORE, March 3- Brent crude oil prices steadied above $60 a barrel in early Asian trading on Tuesday, supported by traders entering the market after prices dropped sharply in the previous session on the back of record U.S. stocks. "Brent crude prices attempting to rally on rapid week-on-week...

  • President Barack Obama said on Monday that Iran should commit to a verifiable freeze of at least 10 years on its nuclear activity for a landmark atomic deal to be reached, but said the odds were still against sealing a final agreement. In an interview with Reuters at the White House, Obama said that a rift over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's planned...

  • OBAMA SAYS HE WANTS TEHRAN TO COMMIT TO' DOUBLE-DIGIT' NUMBER OF YEARS FREEZE ON NUCLEAR DEVELOPMENT AND FOR THAT TO BE VERIFIABLE.

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal, higher Libyan output weigh. *Coming Up: American Petroleum Institute report on Tuesday. NEW YORK, March 2- Brent futures fell 5 percent, its most in a month, on Monday as speculation of a nuclear deal that could lift Iran's sanctions and boost its oil exports brought worries about high supplies back to the market.

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal drove prices down earlier. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries had sufficient political will and agreed to remove sanctions on Tehran. Iranian oil exports have been restricted by sanctions for...

  • *Speculation over Iran nuclear deal drove prices down earlier. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said a deal on Iran's nuclear programme could be concluded this week if the United States and other Western countries had sufficient political will and agreed to remove sanctions on Tehran. Iranian oil exports have been restricted by sanctions for...