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  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets, including a number of refinery closures that could help drive the price of gasoline higher.

  • Iran: Closing Hormuz Strait to Deal With EU's Embargo? Tuesday, 24 Jan 2012 | 12:00 PM ET
    This satellite image shows the Strait of Hormuz, between the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman. The Strait of Hormuz runs between Iran and United Arab Emirates.

    Iranian authorities have reacted to the decision by the European Union on an embargo by calling for an immediate halt to oil sales to the continent. In a statement on its website, the Iranian Oil Ministry described the European Union’s decision as “hasty” and “a political game”.

  • Showdown with Iran     Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 7:46 PM ET

    Helima Croft, Barclays Capital, discusses the geopolitical implications of the EU's oil embargo on Iranian imports, and the U.S. sanctions on Iran's third largest bank.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: What's Boosting Oil     Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks ahead to where oil, natural gas and precious metals are likely headed next week.

  • Natural Gas Outlook: How Low Can it Go?     Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson reports on the continuous slide in natural gas prices, now at a 10-year low, and how investors who bet on a bounce are getting burned.

  • Islamic Art: More Than Religious Artifacts Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Islamic Art

    It's a vast, valuable and diverse category of art , and taking a narrow religious view could hurt you as an investor.

  • CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow after the inventory reports.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Inflation Falls in World's Top Oil Exporter Tuesday, 17 Jan 2012 | 9:56 AM ET
    Main roads in Riyadh are decorated with national flags and portraits of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz of Saudi Arabia on February 21, 2011 amid preparations to welcome the Saudi royal back as he is expected to return home later this week after convalescing in Morocco from operations in New York, according to a source close to the oil-rich Gulf monarchy. AFP PHOTO/FAYEZ NURELDINE (Photo credit should read FAYEZ NURELDINE/AFP/Getty Images)

    Inflation in the world’s top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has slowed to a four-year low of 5 percent in 2011, despite a significant ramp-up in government spending in the wake of the Arab Spring.

  • Iran Studying 'Hormuz Letter,' Warns Gulf Producers Monday, 16 Jan 2012 | 4:46 AM ET
    Straight of Hormuz map

    The Iranian Foreign Ministry has confirmed it has received a letter from the United States concerning the Strait of Hormuz, “via three different channels.” Authorities were considering whether to reply, although the contents of the letter were not divulged.

  • As long as it stays with talk, there is sufficient supplies and alternative options that I am not overly concerned with the bottom line, says Nansen Saleri, Quantum Reservoir Impact president/CEO.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Oil Refiners Sever Links to Iran Thursday, 12 Jan 2012 | 2:01 AM ET

    European refiners have started to sever links with Iran, stopping spot purchases of crude ahead of a European Union meeting later this month that could impose a full oil embargo on Tehran, the FT reports.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Wednesday, 11 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Iran Tension Will Keep Oil Prices High: Analyst Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:30 AM ET
    Iranian navy conducts the "Velayat-90" naval wargames in the Strait of Hormuz in southern Iran on January 1, 2012. Iran defiantly announced that it had tested a new missile and made an advance in its nuclear programme after the United States unleashed extra sanctions that sent its currency to a record low.

    The tensions over Iran and threats from the West to apply sanctions on Iranian oil will see crude prices facing more of an upside risk in the near future, a commodities analyst told CNBC.

  • Euro Impact on Oil     Tuesday, 10 Jan 2012 | 6:30 AM ET

    The fundamentals in the market are most likely to get more bearish because of the situation in Europe, says Michael Lynch, Strategic Energy & Economic Research president, who also adds any headlines coming out of the Middle East will spark concerns from traders.

  • Commodities Tomorrow     Monday, 9 Jan 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Straight of Hormuz satellite image

    If Iran were to shut down the Strait of Hormuz, Brent crude would surge to between $150 and $200 a barrel, according to an oil analyst with Societe Generale.