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SINGAPORE, Feb 12- Brent crude edged higher toward $109 a barrel on Wednesday after data showed Chinese oil imports hit a record high last month, raising hopes of continued growth in oil demand in the world's second largest economy.
*China's January exports beat expectations. *China's crude imports rose 12 percent. "The strong data underpins strength in oil markets and across the whole commodity board," said Mark Keenan, head of commodities research in Asia at Societe Generale.
SINGAPORE Feb 12- U.S. crude oil futures climbed above $100 per barrel on Wednesday, buoyed by data from the American Petroleum Institute that showed crude stocks fell by 2.5 million barrels at a key U.S. delivery hub. The U.S. Energy Information Administration will release its weekly inventory report later today.
*Expects total capital expenditure at $5.2- $5.6 bln. Feb 6- Chesapeake Energy Corp cut its capital budget for the year by more than a fifth as CEO Doug Lawler focuses on drilling in U.S. shale basins that offer the best returns such as the Eagle Ford field in south Texas.
*MSCI world index slightly higher after mixed U.S. data. Relative calm in the markets of vulnerable emerging nations Turkey, South Africa and Russia helped to offset some of the recent jitters.
WASHINGTON, Feb 5- President Barack Obama's administration announced the formation on Wednesday of seven "climate hubs" help farmers and rural communities adapt to extreme weather conditions and other effects of climate change.
*MSCI equity index barely higher after mixed U.S. data. NEW YORK, Feb 5- Global equity markets mostly inched up on Wednesday as U.S. services sector data showing a pickup in growth was offset by a weaker-than-expected U.S. private jobs report, while the yen rose to near two-month highs.
NEW YORK, Feb 5- Brent crude oil futures rose on Wednesday as traders took profit on an over-extended spread trade with U.S. oil, while took some support from record heating oil demand due to continued freezing weather.
NEW YORK, Feb 5- Global equity markets edged higher on Wednesday as U.S. services sector data that showed a pickup in growth was offset by a weaker-than-expected U.S. private jobs report, while gold prices firmed.
NEW YORK, Feb 5- Global equity markets dipped on Wednesday after a weaker-than-expected U.S. private jobs report, while U.S. Wall Street stocks opened down, with the Nasdaq falling more than 1 percent in early trading after the employment data, which precedes Friday's highly anticipated U.S. Labor Department monthly payrolls report.
LONDON, Feb 5- Brent crude edged up towards $106 a barrel on Wednesday, lagging gains in the U.S. oil benchmark after an industry report showed lower inventories and robust heating fuel demand from cold weather in the United States.
LONDON, Feb 5- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Wednesday following gains in the U.S. oil benchmark after an industry report showed lower inventories at the U.S. delivery point and robust heating fuel demand from cold weather.
*U.S. approves limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe. SINGAPORE, Feb 5- Brent crude rose above $106 a barrel on Wednesday, pulled higher by gains in U.S. benchmark oil after industry data showed a drop in inventories at the WTI contract's delivery point.
*U.S. approves limited re-exports of foreign crude to Europe. *Cushing crude stocks fall by 1.6 million barrels- API. SINGAPORE, Feb 5- Brent crude edged up towards $106 a barrel on Wednesday, pulled higher by gains in U.S. benchmark oil after industry data showed a drop in inventories at the WTI contract's delivery point.
*U.S. crude oil futures rose 43 cents up at $97.62 a barrel as of 0016 GMT after it ended 76 cents higher at $97.19 a barrel on Tuesday.
*Cushing stocks expected to fall over 1 mln bbls- sources. U.S. oil rose by as much as $1.28 as traders expected oil inventory data later on Tuesday to show that supplies were beginning to drain in earnest from Cushing, Oklahoma, after the start-up of TransCanada's Keystone south pipeline.
Front-month natural gas futures on the New York Mercantile Exchange rose 41.2 cents, or 8.4 percent, to $5.317 per million British thermal units by 3:34 p.m. EST.
*Cushing stocks expected to fall over 1 mln bbls- sources.
*Cushing stocks expected to fall by over 1 mln bbls- sources.
*North Sea buzzard field restarted, Libya loading resumes. LONDON, Feb 4- Oil slipped below $106 a barrel on Tuesday on concerns that weak data from the United States and China, the world's largest consumers of oil, could slow global growth, although supply problems offered some support.