CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets. The spread between Brent and WTI is shrinking due to a changing global supply picture, she says.» Read More
U.S. crude oil futures ended sharply higher, pushed up at the expiration of the front-month May contract and ahead of Nigeria's presidential election Saturday that has oil markets worried about post-election turmoil disrupting supply.
Oil prices dipped as rising refinery production and a key pipeline restart eased worries of a U.S. fuel supply crunch this summer driving season.
Crude oil prices firmed slightly on Wednesday as worries over Iran's nuclear ambitions countered easing fears of a gasoline supply crunch in the United States this summer driving season.
U.S. crude oil futures dipped this afternoon on book-squaring and crack-spread trading ahead of Wednesday's government inventory report. Front month crude futures earlier rose above $64 as a shut Canada-to-U.S. crude pipeline and a Texas refinery's restart were supportive.
U.S. crude oil futures rose in choppy trading, with products futures slumping as crude was pressured by OPEC comments on supply and demand and by news that Shell expects to resume its Nigeria Forcados crude stream in late May or early June.
Oil prices eased slightly on Friday after the top U.S. energy official said he was confident there would be enough gasoline supply to meet peak summer driving demand.
Oil markets are nervous animals nowadays. Given the tensions between Iran and the U.K. since late March over Tehran's seizure of 15 British sailors, the prospect of diplomatic efforts failing to solve the stand-off haunted the market. That's raised fears of a military confrontation in the Persian Gulf. After Iran pardoned and freed the 15 sailors, the market was so relieved that oil prices dropped by over $2.
U.S. crude oil finished just short of $64 as gasoline futures surged to new eight-month highs on troubles at two refineries. The production disruptions raised fears of a gasoline supply crunch when drivers hit the roads this summer.
Crude oil and gasoline prices surged higher on news that U.S. gasoline supplies had fallen much more than expected.
Oil prices rose after four straight losing sessions as markets turned attention to Iran's nuclear activities and dwindling gasoline stocks in the United States, the top consumer.
Oil fell more than 4% on Monday, extending declines that followed Iran's release last week of 15 British sailors and marines. The loss was the largest since August 17, 2005.
Oil fell on Thursday after Iran's release of 15 British sailors and marines eased worries over crude shipments from the world's fourth-largest exporter.
The Gas Exporting Countries Forum -- which includes names like Iran and Venezuela -- meets in Qatar Monday to discuss the formation of an OPEC-like cartel. Would such a combination pose a clear and present danger to America's interests? Two energy analysts told "Morning Call" viewers not to worry. Not yet, anyway.
U.S. crude oil futures ended lower on Wednesday on U.S. government data showing crude stocks rose by a larger-than-expected volume last week and as international tensions eased after Iran said it was releasing 15 captured British sailors and marines.
U.S. oil fell 2% after Britain and Iran said they were willing to use diplomacy to end their standoff over 15 British sailors and marines seized in the Gulf.
Crude oil futures were higher, but trading was choppy amid international tensions over Iran's holding British Navy personnel, a U.S. citizen reported missing and Tehran's nuclear dispute with the West and continued Nigerian unrest.
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Oil stalled on Friday after a nearly two-week rally on tensions over Iran's capture of British military personnel and worries over U.S. gasoline supplies ahead of summer driving season.
Saudi Aramco, Exxon Mobil and Sinopec will invest $5 billion in their refinery, petrochemicals and marketing joint venture, much more than originally planned, they said on Friday.
Oil prices surged more than 3% on Thursday as the standoff over British sailors in Iranian custody and U.S. naval actions in the Gulf escalated supply concerns.