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  • CALGARY, Alberta, July 4- Oil dipped on Friday with Brent futures dropping below $111 a barrel on the prospect of revived Libyan exports and more U.S. crude soon finding its way to refiners, but losses were tempered by economic data pointing to a stronger demand outlook. Trade was extremely thin due to the Fourth of July holiday in the United States.

  • LONDON, July 4- Brent futures dipped below $111 a barrel on Friday on the prospect of revived Libyan exports and more U.S. crude soon finding its way to refiners, but losses were tempered by economic data pointing to an improved demand outlook. Brent crude fell 22 cents to $110.78 a barrel by 1048 GMT and looked set to lose 2 percent this week.

  • SINGAPORE, July 4- Brent futures held steady around $111 a barrel on Friday on signs of an improving demand outlook, although the benchmark is still set to post its biggest weekly loss since early January as supply worries that have rattled oil markets for weeks recede.

  • SINGAPORE, July 4- Brent futures held steady around $111 a barrel on Friday on signs of an improving demand outlook, although the benchmark is still set to post its biggest weekly loss since early January as supply worries that have rattled oil markets for weeks recede.

  • SINGAPORE, July 4- U.S. crude futures are set to post their biggest weekly loss in a month on receding worries about supply from Libya and Iran, although expectations of an improvement in the outlook for demand in the world's top oil consumer checked losses.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, July 2- Events seldom unfold in isolation and the recent surge in sectarian violence in Iraq appears to be leading to some shifts in Asian crude oil markets.

  • U.S. crude gained 2 cents to $105.36 by 2348 GMT, after ending at $105.34 a barrel, its lowest settlement since June 11. Brent futures ended 7 cents down at $112.29, also at its lowest since June 11.

  • Unrest in Iraq comes as the almost total loss of Libyan supply, Western sanctions on Iran as well as conflict in Syria and northern Iraq are keeping almost 3 million barrels per day- more than 3 percent of world demand- off the market.

  • US needs to understand what Iran wants in Iraq Monday, 30 Jun 2014 | 10:21 AM ET
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani

    If the Obama administration wants Iran's cooperation on Iraq, it needs to know what Iran wants, says former White House adviser David L. Phillips.

  • China, Tehran's largest oil client, has since late 2013 been stepping up purchases after a landmark November nuclear deal eased some sanctions on Iran and has been making up the main portion of stronger Asian imports since then.

  • China, Tehran's largest oil client, has since late 2013 been stepping up purchases after a landmark November nuclear deal eased some sanctions on Iran and has been making up the main portion of stronger Asian imports since then.

  • *Shift in pattern of global fund flows benefits Dubai. DUBAI, June 26- Bond investors' confidence in Dubai is surviving two tests at once, with bond prices staying strong even as the stock market tumbles and concern mounts over volatility in the real estate sector.

  • *Iraq's southern oilfields remain safe- U.N. envoy. LONDON, June 26- Brent crude oil fell on Thursday, as fears about conflict causing export disruption from Iraq, OPEC's second-largest producer, subsided further.

  • LONDON, June 26- Brent crude oil held steady near $114 a barrel on Thursday, with traders watching developments in Iraq for the possibility of export disruption from OPEC's second-largest producer.

  • SINGAPORE June 26- Brent crude dropped under $114 a barrel on Thursday as most of Iraq's oil output remained unaffected by the militant insurgency in the country, although worries over the conflict kept a floor under prices.

  • SINGAPORE June 26- Brent crude fell below $114 a barrel on Thursday as most of Iraq's oil output remained unaffected by the militant insurgency in the country, although worries over the conflict kept a floor under prices.

  • SINGAPORE June 26- U.S. crude futures edged up towards $107 a barrel in early Asian trade on optimism over U.S. oil exports after Washington approved exports of lightly refined oil, although gains were capped by an unexpected rise in crude inventories.

  • *Iran drafting incentives for foreign investors. DUBAI, June 25- With the prospect of a diplomatic breakthrough next month bringing an end to Iran's international isolation, officials in Tehran are preparing to roll out the red carpet to foreign firms.

  • Iraq PM committed to government formation process Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:04 AM ET

    Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki said on Wednesday that he is committed to the process of forming a new government.

  • Want to know Iraq's fate? Keep an eye on this guy Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 12:56 PM ET
    Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

    If Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki stays in power, expect more fighting. But a replacement will be just as telling.