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  • Arctic Drilling Is Expensive. Ask the Coast Guard Thursday, 19 Jul 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    US Coast Guard Arctic

    Royal Dutch Shell is one of six energy companies hoping to begin drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic next month, and the U.S. Coast Guard is billions of dollars short of what it needs to monitor and protect those operations, according to a report.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Bernanke's Message  Tuesday, 17 Jul 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 as Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke delivers his second day of testimony on Capitol Hill.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson takes a look at the factors behind oil's recent rally and how the surge will impact prices at the pump.

  • Sentiment in the oil market may start turning positive as prices begin reflecting expectations of tighter supply in the second-half, but lingering worries of a global economic slowdown still present a downside risk, according to CNBC's weekly survey of oil market sentiment.

  • While tensions between Britain and Argentina have been rising as a natural response to the 30th anniversary of the Falkland Islands War, oil is the primary driver of a renewed Falkland dispute that will determine the fate of tens of billions of dollars in black gold.

  • Finding Success on the Oil Frontier Wednesday, 4 Jul 2012 | 1:54 AM ET
    View of Iran's oil industry installations in Mahshahr, Khuzestan province, southern Iran.

    No commercially exploitable oil had been discovered in Kenya until Tullow Oil began drilling this year in the blazing savanna of the Rift Valley, about 250 miles northwest of Nairobi, the New York Times reports.

  • Commodities Tomorrow: Keeping an Eye on Iran  Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson on oil price action in the day ahead, with an outlook on EU sanctions against Iran and tomorrow's meeting with Western countries about its nuclear program.

  • OPEC Market Share To Hold Steady: Forecast Wednesday, 27 Jun 2012 | 3:42 PM ET
    off shore oil rig

    The DOE's Energy Information Administration expects the cartel's share to remain at the current 40 percent, while US domestic output rises.

  • Big Users Bet on More Oil Price Falls Monday, 25 Jun 2012 | 11:11 PM ET

    Airlines, trucking companies and other big energy consumers are betting on further oil price falls, with many reluctant to lock in at current levels amid fears prices could plunge if the global economy weakens further. The FT reports.

  • Last Call: Greek Election Day Draws Near Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 1:39 AM ET
    Greece

    The markets jump on reports central banks are putting plans in place to prepare for the Greek elections; UK bankers say they will take whatever steps necessary to protect their currency; the video game industry continues its free fall; Allen Stanford is sentenced to 110 years in jail.

  • OPEC Keeps Oil Production Levels Unchanged  Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 11:18 AM ET

    CNBC's Kelly Evans reports OPEC leaders agree to keep its oil production ceiling unchanged.

  • OPEC Summit to Be 'Quite a Sparky Meeting'  Thursday, 14 Jun 2012 | 2:10 AM ET

    "People are being less concerned about sanctions against Iran," Richard Hulf, fund manager at Artemis Investment Management, told CNBC. However, they are more concerned about a slowdown in the economy, "the euro zone, the U.S. fiscal cliff towards the end of the year, general slowdown in industrial consumption, so the oil price has come down. So this sets a scene for quite a sparky meeting," he added.

  • US Gasoline Demand at 6 Year Low  Wednesday, 13 Jun 2012 | 7:42 PM ET

    Edward Morse, Head of Commodities Research, Citi says that lots more driving taking place in the U.S. now than four months ago, but gasoline demand is still at the low end when compared over a six year period.

  • Enough Oil Supply in the Short-Term  Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 6:40 PM ET

    Dominic Schnider, Head Commodity Research, UBS Wealth Management, UBS Wealth Management says there is enough oil supply in the short-term and that production actually needs to be cut by half a million barrels. But he expects oil prices to remain high at about $90.

  • Conflict, Uncertainty Could Delay OPEC Decision Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 4:57 PM ET
    Al Naimi, Saudi Oil Minister

    A twenty-five percent plunge in oil prices might seem to make curbing the supply of crude a no-brainer for the world’s oil producers.  And yet it looks increasingly possible that the 161st ordinary meeting of OPEC in Vienna this week could end in a virtual stalemate

  • Will OPEC Pump More Oil Starting Thursday? Tuesday, 12 Jun 2012 | 10:06 AM ET
    OPEC Headquarters

    As the countdown draws to a close for the start of OPEC’s deliberations in Vienna on Thursday, two of its heavyweight members could once again clash over critical policies at a time when the cartel is struggling to maintain its influence.

  • Expect No Change to OPEC's Output Ceiling  Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 6:44 PM ET

    Tom Essaye, President, Kinsale Trading says there will be no change to OPEC's output ceiling.

  • Glencore Chief Defends High Executive Pay Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 2:52 AM ET
    The headquarters of the Swiss commodities giant Glencore in Baar, Switzerland.

    Ivan Glasenberg, chief executive of Glencore, has launched a provocative defence of high pay for executives, arguing that substantial remuneration is required to secure entrepreneurial leaders, the Financial Times reports.

  • Exxon Will Stay Robust Despite Downturn: CEO Tuesday, 5 Jun 2012 | 8:36 AM ET

    Exxon Mobil will continue to be robust and will maintain record levels of investment, valued at $27 billion in 2011, in the next couple of years despite the downturn in global oil demand and fluctuations in prices, Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon Mobil, told CNBC on Tuesday.

  • Oil Output Soars as Iraq Retools Sunday, 3 Jun 2012 | 10:22 AM ET
    Tawke oil field near the town of Zacho in Dohuk province about 250 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq.

    Despite sectarian bombings and political gridlock, Iraq’s crude-oil production is soaring, providing a singular bright spot for the nation’s future and relief for global oil markets as the West tightens sanctions on Iranian exports.