ON THE GULF OF MEXICO— Five years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill, the industry is working on drilling even further into the risky depths beneath the Gulf of Mexico to tap massive deposits once thought unreachable. The number of deepwater drilling rigs has increased, too, from 35 at the time of the Macondo blowout to 48 last month, according to data from...» Read More
"It will only take another refinery issue and a bit more of geopolitical noise to have the first U.S. election at a US average gasoline price of $4 a gallon," says one energy analyst.
Oil prices slumped for a third-straight session Wednesday, as comments from Saudi Arabia raised expectations of increased supply and after weely data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed inventories climbed far more than projected.
U.S. oil prices retreated over $1 after topping $100 a barrel early Friday when the International Energy Agency's chief economist said high prices are now "unbearable for consumers" and traders anticipated an announcement of a release of emergency oil reserves could be imminent.
As Tropical Storm Isaac continues its path toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, gasoline futures have surged to a five-month high while oil fell slightly and natural gas prices sank.
US oil prices fell more than $1 on Monday after rising sharply overnight as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened the U.S. Gulf Coast and a deadly explosion shut down Venezuela's largest refinery.
Energy investors remain bullish on ExxonMobil, even though the outlook for oil prices remain uncertain, two analysts told CNBC.
The US wants China and Arab states to help foot the $3bn bill for a deal designed to unlock oil production and set Sudan and South Sudan back on the path to peace, the FT reports.
Gasoline and oil futures surged Tuesday to the highest prices since May, as traders predicted the damage from a fire at California's third largest refinery could take months to repair.
U.S. oil futures topped $91 a barrel for the first time in two weeks, surging over 4 percent to post the biggest one-day surge for oil prices since June 29. The September WTI crude contract closed the NYMEX floor trading session up $4.27 at $91.40 a barrel.
Oil prices are extending gains on better-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data, a re-evaluation of Draghi's comments, and deepening concerns about escalating violence in Syria..
Natural gas futures plunged 8 percent Thursday as supplies grew more than expected last week and as hot temperatures were forecast to moderate by the middle of August.
Sliding gold coin sales show that retail demand for the actual metal is clearly fading, but dealers and analysts say it is not because investors are less concerned about the financial turmoil around the globe. There's just not the same fervor for the precious metal as in recent years.
As the summer doldrums set in for oil and equities, at least one sector has become a sleeper hit — refinery stocks.
Oil prices staged a sharp turnaround ahead of the close in floor trading at the NYMEX Wednesday, as traders speculated about the prospects for more Fed easing.
West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures fell to the lowest price in more than a week, sliding more than $1 to below $88 a barrel, and RBOB gasoline futures plunged more than two percent to a two-week low, trading below $2.75 a gallon, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a huge increase in domestic oil and gasoline supplies over the past week.
The prospect of military conflict over Iran's nuclear program, on one hand, versus a deteriorating global economic outlook, on the other, are divergent factors that nevertheless pushed oil prices to their highest level since May last Thursday.
Natural gas futures topped $3. per million BTUs for the third straight session on Friday, rising to an intraday high of nearly $3.06.
Some analysts suggest the slide toward a $3.00 retail gasoline may have permanently stalled. Retail gasoline prices often follow the trend in the futures market within a week or so, analysts say.
Of all the major oil-producing countries in the world, only four are showing a long-term decline in production capacity by 2020. Factors like the recent showdown with Iran over its nuclear program are more influential, according to a Harvard University report.
Four and a half years of studies and five failed votes in the House of Representatives later, the massive Canadian-US pipeline is stuck at the Canadian border. And that won't change anytime soon.