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  • Dow Chemical

    The venture will be named K-Dow Petrochemicals and the chief executive will be James Fitterling, currently business group president at Dow's plastics division, the companies said.

  • Saudi King Wants Lower Oil Price Wednesday, 16 Jul 2008 | 5:50 AM ET
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    The world's top oil exporter Saudi Arabia wants to see lower oil prices, Saudi King Abdullah said in an interview with Italian newspaper La Repubblica.

  • Qatar Oil Min Sees No Demand for Extra Saudi Oil Friday, 11 Jul 2008 | 4:05 AM ET

    Qatar Oil Minister Abdullah al-Attiyah said on Friday that he saw no demand for the additional crude that Saudi Arabia has pledged over the past few months to pump Saudi Arabia, the world's top exporter, has promised to step up production to its highest rate in three decades in an effort to tame oil prices, which have surged nearly 50 percent this year, hitting a record high $145.85 a barrel last week.

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    Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway is helping to finance Dow's just-announced deal to buy specialty chemical maker Rohm and Haas for over $15 billion in cash. Berkshire is contributing an equity investment in the form of $3 billion worth of convertible preferred securities.  The Kuwait Investment Authority is also making a $1 billion investment.

  • Iran: G8 to Blame for High Oil Price Wednesday, 9 Jul 2008 | 7:30 AM ET

    Iran's OPEC governor said on Wednesday the oil market was saturated and blamed policies of the Group of Eight (G8) rich countries for a price surge, the state broadcaster reported on its website.

  • Kilduff: Oil And Saber Rattling Don't Mix Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 11:00 AM ET
    John Kilduff

    Oil is on the boil, again, this morning over renewed speculation concerning Israel’s intentions on Iran’s nuclear capabilities. Once again, we awake to a raft of comments from various officials in the protagonist countries about a possible military strike on Iran.

  • Blame Dollar, Speculators: OPEC's El-Badri Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 6:55 AM ET
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    There is "no shortage" in the oil market and OPEC member countries and would prefer a lower price than the current highs, OPEC Secretary General Abdalla El-Badri told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • More Oil Will Not Bring Price Down: Saudi King Tuesday, 1 Jul 2008 | 3:15 AM ET

    Oil prices would not ease even if production were raised because speculation and taxes are behind the soaring market, Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah was quoted as saying in a Kuwaiti newspaper on Tuesday.

  • Gold Price Likely to Rise Again: Stocks Analyst Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 8:53 AM ET

    The current dip in gold prices is temporary and demand for the precious metal is likely to rise in the medium term, Ronald-Peter Stoferle, international equities analyst at Erste Bank, wrote in a market note Wednesday.

  • UAE Will Only Boost Output Within OPEC Deal Wednesday, 25 Jun 2008 | 4:11 AM ET

    The United Arab Emirates would only increase oil production as part of a decision agreed by all of OPEC, Oil Minister Mohammed al-Hamli said on Wednesday, dashing faint hopes it might follow recent Saudi boosts.

  • NYSE Euronext to Buy 25% in Doha Securities Market Tuesday, 24 Jun 2008 | 3:51 AM ET

    Transatlantic stock market operator NYSE Euronext said it would buy a 25 percent stake in the Doha Securities Market for $250 million, boosting its access to the fast-growing Middle East economy.

  • OPEC Hike Unlikely at Jeddah Emergency Oil Talks Friday, 20 Jun 2008 | 3:48 AM ET
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    Eight-cylinder luxury cars will rumble along Jeddah's highways guzzling cheap Saudi gasoline as energy powers hold emergency talks in the Red Sea port this weekend to brake the free-wheeling rise in oil prices.

  • Regulators Moving to Curb Speculative Oil Trading Tuesday, 17 Jun 2008 | 11:13 AM ET
    Traders buy and sell crude oil futures contracts at the New York Mercantile Exchange.

    Federal regulators said they will place stricter limits on foreign exchanges that trade U.S. oil as concerns continue to grow about the role of speculation in rising fuel prices.

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    The market is full of oil and the rising price trend is "fake and imposed," Iran's president said on Tuesday, partly blaming a weak U.S. dollar which he said was being pushed lower on purpose.

  • Iraq: OPEC Hike Would Not Ease Oil Price Thursday, 12 Jun 2008 | 5:36 AM ET

    More oil from Saudi Arabia or other OPEC producers would not ease high global oil prices because they are the result of market speculation, Iraqi Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani told Reuters on Thursday.

  • Abu Dhabi to Buy NY's Chrysler Building: NY Post Wednesday, 11 Jun 2008 | 6:49 AM ET

    The Abu Dhabi Investment Council is negotiating to buy a 75 percent stake in New York City's landmark Chrysler Building for $800 million, the New York Post reported on Wednesday.

  • Paulson Committed to Dollar as Reserve Currency Monday, 2 Jun 2008 | 5:35 AM ET
    Henry M. Paulson, US Treasury Secretary

    U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson on Monday defended the dollar's status as the world's reserve currency and said its recent decline was only a small factor behind a surge in oil prices.

  • Saudi Arabia Pumps Extra Oil to Match Demand Wednesday, 28 May 2008 | 8:22 AM ET
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    Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia has boosted supply to help meet the world's need for fuel and may further increase output later if needed, a senior Gulf OPEC source said on Wednesday.

  • WEF: The Rise and Rise of the Middle East Tuesday, 20 May 2008 | 11:02 AM ET
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    The annual World Economic Forum took place in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt, focusing on the investment and growth opportunities in the Middle East.

  • Europe Preview: Deutsche Telekom Looms Wednesday, 7 May 2008 | 2:40 PM ET
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    When Rene Obermann took over Deutsche Telekom at the end of 2006 he was tasked with the firm's struggling domestic operations. But his non-domestic challenges have been—and continue to be—plentiful.