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  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices slipped on Friday as worries over the impact of war in the Middle East on crude supplies were outweighed by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *Islamic State advances in Iraq, Syria raise supply worries. LONDON, May 22- Oil prices steadied on Friday as worries over the impact on crude supplies of war in the Middle East were balanced by reports of profit-taking ahead of a long weekend. "No one wants to hold open positions ahead of a long weekend so books are being squared, bringing some consolidation," said...

  • *Islamic State fighters have scored twin successes in Syria and Iraq, taking full control of the historic Syrian city of Palmyra and overrunning Iraqi government defences east of Ramadi on Thursday. *Islamic State militants have seized the last border crossing between Syria and Iraq controlled by the Syrian government, a Syrian human rights group said on...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq lend further support. NEW YORK, May 21- Oil prices jumped more than 2 percent on Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East oil...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq add further support to prices. NEW YORK, May 21- Oil prices jumped almost 3 percent Thursday, giving Brent its biggest rally in more than a week, as draws reported in the Cushing delivery point for U.S. crude futures boosted optimism that a supply glut was easing. Fighting in Iraq that raised worries about the security of Middle East...

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq support prices. LONDON, May 21- Oil rose towards $66 a barrel on Thursday, gaining for a second day, supported by expectations that a global supply glut is starting to ease and by fighting in Iraq. "Brent is getting a bit of impetus from the threat Islamic State is posing in Iraq," said Christopher Bellew, senior broker at Jefferies Bache.

  • *Islamic State attacks in Iraq support prices. LONDON, May 21- Oil rose further above $65 a barrel on Thursday, gaining for a second day, supported by expectations that a global supply glut is starting to ease and by fighting in Iraq. "Brent is getting a bit of impetus from the threat Islamic State is posing in Iraq," said Christopher Bellew, senior broker at Jefferies...

  • SINGAPORE, May 21- U.S crude futures eased towards $58.50 a barrel on Thursday as concerns over a supply glut and a strong dollar weighed on prices, but a steeper than expected draw on crude inventories put a floor under prices. *U.S. crude for July delivery fell 20 cents to $58.78 a barrel as of 0005 GMT after settling up 99 cents in the previous session.

  • *U.S. crude for July delivery rose 45 cents to $58.44 a barrel as of 0002 GMT. *Front month Brent futures rose 50 cents to $64.52 after falling $2.25 in the previous session to close at $64.02 a barrel. *U.S. crude inventories fell by 5.2 million barrels to 476.7 million in the week to May 15, data from industry group the American Petroleum Institute showed on Tuesday.

  • Investing in Jordan is 'safe': King Abdullah II   Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 7:00 PM ET
    Investing in Jordan is 'safe': King Abdullah II

    Investing in Jordan is "safe" and the environment is "stable" despite the events happening in neighbouring countries, King Abdullah II of Jordan tells CNBC.

  • *Goldman Sachs sees US crude falling back to 2015 lows. NEW YORK, May 19- Oil prices fell more than 3 percent on Tuesday, with U.S. crude extending losses for a fifth straight day as the dollar rallied and on evidence that the United States and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia were pumping more than the world needed. "There is certainly a degree of profit-taking going on...

  • *Goldman Sachs sees U.S. crude falling back to 2015 lows. NEW YORK, May 19- Oil prices fell 3 percent on Tuesday, with U.S. crude extending losses for a fifth straight day, as the dollar rallied amid evidence that the United States and top oil exporter Saudi Arabia were pumping more than the world needed. The American Petroleum Institute report is due at 4:30 p.m. EDT,...

  • DUBAI, May 19- The owners of Zain Iraq, the country's biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, aim to sell 25 percent of the company's shares after it joins Baghdad's bourse, parent firm Zain said on Tuesday. Iraq's three mobile firms were required to float a quarter of their shares and join the Iraq Stock Exchange by August 2011 as part of their 15- year...

  • UPDATE 4-Oil prices slip on dollar rally, ample supply Tuesday, 19 May 2015 | 4:42 AM ET

    LONDON, May 19- Brent crude oil fell below $66 a barrel on Tuesday as the dollar strengthened and on evidence of ample supplies of Middle Eastern oil despite wars in northern Iraq, Syria and Yemen. "The oil market is generally oversupplied with high Saudi exports and OPEC is unlikely to cut production," said Tamas Varga, oil analyst at London brokerage PVM Oil...

  • *Front month U.S. crude was up 8 cents at $59.51 a barrel at 0018 GMT, after finishing down 26 cents in the previous session. *Global crude oil prices are not expected to fall in the second half of 2015, Kuwait's OPEC governor said on Monday, and any surplus supply was due to shale producers rather than OPEC. *Crude output by OPEC member Algeria will rise by at least 32,000...

  • *Baghdad delays oil contract negotiations as prices rally. DUBAI, May 18- BP has cut its development budget for Iraq's giant Rumaila oilfield by $1 billion this year after the government warned a slump in crude prices and its battle against Islamic State was making it difficult to pay oil companies. The British oil major has agreed with Baghdad to reduce its 2015...

  • *Worries over Greece hit Greek shares, bonds. *Oil rises on fighting in Yemen, Iraq. LONDON, May 18- European shares fell on Monday, weighed down by worries over a looming cash crunch in Greece, while the dollar rebounded after concern over the U.S. economy drove the currency to four-month lows on Friday.

  • *Goldman Sachs slashes 2016-202 price outlook. LONDON, May 18- Oil prices firmed on Monday after a major advance by Islamic State militants in Iraq. Goldman Sachs lowed their Brent crude price assumption from 2016 to 2019 from $70 a barrel to $62- $65 a barrel and for 2020 from $70 a barrel to $55 a barrel.

  • Key ISIS figure killed in US raid   Monday, 18 May 2015 | 6:16 AM ET
    Key ISIS figure killed in US raid

    Edward Lawrence, NBC News, reports a U.S.-led coalition launched a successful raid on top ISIS leadership in Syria and killed the terrorist group's key money man.

  • *Iran says OPEC output cut unlikely. LONDON, May 18- Oil prices rose on Monday after Islamic State militants said they had seized control of the key city of Ramadi in western Iraq, raising fears of deeper turmoil in the oil-producing country. Analysts nevertheless said oil markets remained oversupplied, and that the glut could worsen if U.S. production picked up...