• *Copper's fall compounds concerns over China slowdown. NEW YORK, March 12- U.S. crude oil fell by more than 2 percent on Wednesday, its biggest drop in two months, after the United States announced unexpected plans for a "test" release of strategic oil reserves while weekly data showed a big rise in crude stockpiles.

  • NEW YORK, March 10- U.S. oil fell by more than $1 per barrel on Monday to a three-week low, pressured by an unexpected drop in China's exports that stoked fears of a slowdown in the world's second-largest economy.

  • *Putin rebuffs Obama as Ukraine crisis escalates. NEW YORK, March 7- U.S. oil rose more than $1 a barrel on Friday as tensions lingered in Ukraine and a report that U.S. job growth accelerated by more than expected in February offset a seasonal slowdown in demand for crude. The Ukraine crisis escalated as President Vladimir Putin rebuffed a warning from U.S.

  • NEW YORK/ MEXICO CITY, March 7- The company at the center of an alleged fraud that forced Citigroup Inc to cut its 2013 profit won billions of dollars in contracts from Mexico's state oil monopoly over the past decade, even after Mexican officials and private lawsuits raised red flags about the contractor's activities.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 19 Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    HOUSTON, United States- Former Federal Reserve chairman Ben Bernanke speaks before the HIS CERAWeek 2014 conference in Houston, Texas- 1730 GMT. NEW YORK- Federal Reserve Bank of New York President William Dudley speaks on the economy and local conditions before community and business leaders- 1700 GMT.

  • UPDATE 2--U.S. tweaks oil-by-rail test requirements Thursday, 6 Mar 2014 | 6:42 PM ET

    NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, March 6- U.S. regulators on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail following concerns that an emergency order one week ago could stymie deliveries from North Dakota's Bakken shale to U.S. refiners.

  • *First speech ever by an EPA head at CERAWeek. McCarthy's speech in Houston to IHS CERAWeek, the largest meeting of energy executives in the world, was the first by an EPA administrator since the conference began 33 years ago.

  • HOUSTON, March 6- Carbon regulations can be crafted to help offset climate change without "shutting down business in its tracks," U.S. "We don't have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy," McCarthy, who has run the EPA for nearly a year, said about new rules she said would be proposed by June.

  • "We don't have to choose between a healthy environment and a healthy economy," said McCarthy, who has run the EPA for nearly a year, speaking about new rules she said would be proposed by June.

  • NEW YORK/ WASHINGTON, March 6- The U.S. Department of Transportation on Thursday modified rules governing the testing of crude transported by rail from North Dakota.

  • *Ukraine crisis may require rethink of gas export process- Moniz. HOUSTON, March 5- The U.S. oil industry needs to make a better case for lifting the decades-old ban on crude exports, especially as the country still relies on millions of barrels of foreign oil, U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz said on Wednesday.

  • HOUSTON, March 5- The rise of global trade in liquefied natural gas in the coming decade could curb Russia's foreign-policy leverage over Europe and prompt China to take a more constructive role in global affairs as its imports of the fuel surge. Moscow has in years past cut gas supplies to Ukraine in foreign policy tussles, causing disruptions for Europe.

  • NEW YORK/ ABU DHABI, March 4- Ben Bernanke earned more in 40 minutes on Tuesday than he made all of last year as head of the U.S. Bernanke was paid at least $250,000 for his first public speaking engagement, in Abu Dhabi, since stepping down in January, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 18 Tuesday, 4 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    MEXICO CITY, Mexico- Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Richard Fisher speaks before the Mexican Bankers Association- 0000 GMT. TORONTO, Canada- Bank of Canada Senior Deputy Governor Tiff Macklem speaks at an event in Toronto- 0015 GMT.

  • HOUSTON, March 4- The controversial Keystone XL pipeline will receive President Obama' s blessing and be built to transport crude oil from Canada to Texas, TransCanada Corp Chief Executive Russ Girling predicted on Tuesday.

  • The biotech drug lebrikizumab, which was developed by Roche Holding's Genentech unit, was tested at three doses in patients whose asthma was not sufficiently controlled even with high-dose, inhaled corticosteroids and a second asthma-controlling therapy.

  • HOUSTON, March 4- Mexico's energy reform initiative will spark competition with Canada in terms of supplying the United States with oil and natural gas, further fueling the major oil producer's efforts to diversify export markets, Canada's minister of natural resources said on Tuesday.

  • ABU DHABI, March 4- Former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke said the U.S. central bank could have done more to fight the country's financial crisis and that he struggled to find the right way to communicate with markets.

  • DIARY - Top economic Events to Mar 17 Monday, 3 Mar 2014 | 7:01 PM ET

    LONDON- Bank of England Deputy Governor Sir Jon Cunliffe speaks on EU- 1030 GMT.

  • March 2- While Colorado environmental groups work to put a ballot measure before voters this fall that could severely hobble the U.S. energy industry, Whiting Petroleum Corp is busy figuring out where in the state it can spend $10 billion over the next decade. The Denver- based company sees Colorado as key to its plan to sharply boost oil and natural gas production.

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