*Asian stocks lose ground on economic worries, Ukraine. *Ukraine appeals to West as Crimea turns to Russia. SINGAPORE, March 12- Brent futures fell towards $108 a barrel on Wednesday as concerns about weak demand growth in the world's two biggest oil consumers overshadowed fears of supply disruption amid worsening geopolitical tensions over Ukraine.» Read More
NEW YORK, Nov 5- U.S. crude oil futures hit a fresh four-month low on Tuesday, pressured by forecasts for rising supplies and continued weak demand as Gulf Coast refineries were expected to remain offline at least through the end of this week.
*Heavy gunfire heard in Libya's capital Tripoli. SINGAPORE, Nov 5- Brent futures on Tuesday traded near a four-month low touched overnight, but worries over a prolonged outage from oil exporter Libya helped the benchmark hold above $106 a barrel.
BEIJING, Nov 1- Sinopec Corp won initial approval last month from China's top economic planner for a plan to build a $10- billion refinery and petrochemical complex in Shanghai, two company officials said. The new Sinopec plant, designed to process mostly imported crude oil, will be built in the Caojing industrial park, some 50 km from the centre of Shanghai.
TOKYO, Nov 1- U.S. crude steadied above $96 per barrel on Friday, after posting a second straight monthly loss in October, ahead of data from China that is expected to show robust manufacturing activity in the world's No.2 oil consumer. *NYMEX crude dipped 4 cents to $96.34 a barrel by 0059 GMT, after settling down 39 cents at $96.38 on Thursday.
*Oil traders hunt for smarter ways to assess demand, supply in China. *Lack of data on China's crude stocks, refinery operations. China's rising fuel demand saw it overtake the United States as the world's top net oil importer last month.
*Libya hikes pay for oil workers; exports lowest since 2011. NEW YORK, Oct 31- Brent crude futures dropped more than $1 on Thursday, reversing the previous session's gains, as traders booked profits and turned their focus to the end of the U.S. refinery maintenance season, which is expected to boost demand for U.S. crude.
*Libya producing about 250,000-300,000 bpd-oil official. LONDON/ TRIPOLI Oct 31- Libya's efforts to end an oil crisis that has reduced its exports to a trickle faltered on Thursday after oil workers appeared to shrug off a 67 percent pay increase and a deal to reopen the eastern Hariga terminal looked close to collapse.
*Libya hikes pay for oil sector workers. NEW YORK, Oct 31- Brent crude futures slid by more than $1 on Thursday, reversing the previous session's gains, as traders took profit and turned their focus to the end of the U.S. refinery maintenance season, expected to boost demand for U.S. crude.
CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 31- Imperial Oil Ltd, Canada's No. 2 oil producer and refiner, said on Thursday that third-quarter profit fell 38 percent as higher oil prices squeezed earnings from its refineries. Net income totaled C $647 million, or 76 Canadian cents per share, versus C $1.04 billion, or C $1.22, in the third quarter of 2012..
Oct 31- U.S. refining company Marathon Petroleum Corp posted a lower-than-expected quarterly profit on Thursday, hurt by shrinking crude discounts and weakness in products markets.
Oct 31- U.S. refining company Marathon Petroleum Corp on Thursday said its third-quarter profit fell sharply, hurt by shrinking crude discounts and weakness in products markets. For the quarter, Marathon posted net income of $168 million, or 54 cents per share, compared with $1.22 billion, or $3.59 per share, in the year-ago quarter.
LONDON, Oct 31- Libya's government has ordered a 67 percent increase in pay for employees of the state oil sector, in an apparent effort to defuse three months of strikes and unrest that have reduced the country's crude oil exports to a trickle.
Oct 31- Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's largest publicly traded oil company, on Thursday reported an 18 percent decrease in quarterly profit on weakness in its refining business. Profit in the third quarter was $7.87 billion, or $1.79 per share, compared with $9.57 billion, or $2.09 per share, in the same period a year earlier.
*Libya may resume exports from major port in 10 days- official. Brent was still set to end October, however, with its fourth monthly gain in five as disruptions to shipments from major producer Libya kept supply tight. "But ongoing supply disruption in Libya should limit any downside."
*Brent-WTI spread near 6- month highs at around $13. *Libya may resume exports from key port in 10 days- official. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude held well above $109 a barrel on Thursday and was set to end October with its fourth monthly gain in five, bolstered by disruptions to shipments from key producer Libya.
*Brent-WTI spread near 6- month highs at around $13. *Libya may resume exports from key port in 10 days- official. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude edged lower on Thursday, but held well above $109 a barrel and was set to end October with its fourth monthly gain in five, bolstered by disruptions to shipments from key producer Libya.
*Brent-WTI spread near 6- month highs at around $13. SINGAPORE, Oct 31- Brent crude edged lower on Thursday, but held up well above $109 a barrel and is set to end October with its fourth monthly gain in five, bolstered by disruptions to shipments from key producer Libya. Brent crude for December delivery was off 17 cents at $109.69 a barrel by 0241 GMT.
NEW YORK, Oct 30- Biofuel and oil industry lobbyists have raced to the White House over the past two weeks in a last-ditch effort to sway controversial ethanol blending rules for next year, fueling talk of that a decision may be just a few weeks away.
*Zawiya port shut, no sign of El Sharara field restart. TRIPOLI/ LONDON, Oct 30- Libya plans to build two oil refineries in its underdeveloped east and south, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said on Wednesday, seeking to address grievances and protests which have shut down much of the north African country's oil output.
LONDON, Oct 29- BP Plc's upgraded 405,000 barrel per day Whiting refinery in Indiana will not reach full production until the first quarter of 2014, its quarterly results showed on Tuesday, an apparent slippage in the ramp-up timetable. But analysts said that in previous briefings, BP has said Whiting would deliver a full year of profits in 2014..