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  • LONDON, June 11- Russian oil firm Rosneft bought a cargo of Kurdish oil for a German refinery it co-owns with oil major BP, quietly circumventing Baghdad's ban on independent oil sales by its autonomous region, according to trading sources.

  • June 9- Morgan Stanley is selling its controlling stake in oil storage and transport company TransMontaigne Inc to NGL Energy Partners LP for $200 million, essentially ending its long run as the biggest physical oil trader on Wall Street.

  • June 9- Morgan Stanley is selling its controlling stake in oil pipeline company TransMontaigne Inc to NGL Energy Partners LP for $200 million, essentially ending its long run as the biggest physical oil trader on Wall Street.

  • RUSSIA WILL NOT PRIVATIZE TELECOMS COMPANY ROSTELECOM, SHIPPING COMPANY SOVKOMFLOT, NOVOROSSIISK SEA PORT THIS YEAR- RIA CITES DEPUTY FINANCE MINISTER NESTERENKO.

  • *ABN AMRO expects to grow its ship finance business in coming years. ATHENS, June 4- ABN AMRO is pumping billions of dollars into its shipping finance business as the sector looks to recovery- just as European rivals cut their exposure due to tougher capital constraints, the Dutch state bank's head of shipping said.

  • Deals of the day- Mergers and acquisitions Tuesday, 3 Jun 2014 | 4:03 PM ET

    **Pilgrim's Pride Corp, the second largest U.S. chicken processor, raised its offer for Hillshire Brands Co, escalating a bidding war with Tyson Foods Inc for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages. **Germany's Siemens said on Tuesday it called off the sale of its baggage handling and postal automation business.

  • BRUSSELS, June 3- European Union antitrust regulators have approved an alliance planned by world No. 1 container shipping company AP Moller-Maersk and another that includes Japan's largest shipper Nippon Yusen Kaisha aimed at tackling excess capacity.

  • SINGAPORE, June 3- U.S. crude held steady above $102 a barrel on Tuesday, but was near a two-week low as a rise in OPEC supply offset an improved demand outlook after manufacturing activity expanded in the United States and China last month.

  • NEW YORK, June 2- Private equity firms Warburg Pincus LLC and Vestar Capital Partners Inc are exploring an initial public offering of Triton Container International Ltd that could value the company at more than $6 billion, including debt, said three people familiar with the matter.

  • *First 1 million barrel cargo being loaded at Ceyhan, Turkey. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday, defying the Baghdad government, which claims sole authority over Iraqi crude and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.

  • *Move likely to infuriate Baghdad. ANKARA/ ISTANBUL, May 22- Iraqi Kurdistan started loading oil from its new pipeline for shipment from a Turkish port on Thursday despite a dispute with Baghdad, which claims sole authority over Iraqi oil and declares any independently sold oil as' smuggled'.

  • *Demand on Europe/ Asia route surprising- CEO. COPENHAGEN, May 21- Profit at A.P. Moller-Maersk's container shipping business, a bellwether for global trade, more than doubled in the first quarter as demand on the world's busiest route between Asia and Europe picked up and it cut costs.

  • *A.P. Moller-Maersk raises 2014 outlook after Q1. COPENHAGEN, May 21- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk reported first-quarter net profit above forecasts due to a doubling of profit at container shipping business Maersk Line and raised its outlook for the underlying result in 2014..

  • Maersk expects P3 to start operations later than expected Wednesday, 21 May 2014 | 2:45 AM ET

    COPENHAGEN, May 21- Danish shipping and oil group A.P. Moller-Maersk said on Wednesday it expected the so-called P3 container shipping alliance to start operations in autumn and not in the second quarter as previously expected.

  • LONDON, May 20- Global miners and commodity traders are using multiple strategies to lock in favorable rates for shipping costs, anticipating a freight market recovery after years of turmoil.

  • *Baghdad has threatened to sue companies doing trade. LONDON, May 15- Israeli and U.S. oil refineries have joined the growing list of customers for crude from Iraqi Kurdistan, a region locked in a bitter struggle with the central government in Baghdad that says the sales are illegal. Baghdad refuses to sell oil to Israel, echoing other Arab states.

  • FRANKFURT, May 13- German shipping company Hapag-Lloyd's first-quarter loss widened as its revenue declined, hit by tough competition which depressed freight rates and a weak dollar.

  • Payment problems disrupting Iran food deals -sources Saturday, 10 May 2014 | 10:30 PM ET

    LONDON/ ANKARA, May 11- Payment problems are disrupting commercial food cargoes to Iran, with hundreds of thousands of tonnes of grain and sugar stuck in transit, as Western banking sanctions complicate deals and trade financiers scale back exposure.

  • *Pvt equity has pumped $32 bln into shipping in past 2 yrs-fund mgr. SINGAPORE, May 9- The shipping industry faces a looming capacity glut as billions of dollars pumped into it by private equity have stoked a vessel-buying spree, threatening its prospects just as the sector is emerging from its worst downturn in three decades.

  • Syria struggling to fill food import needs Tuesday, 6 May 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    LONDON, May 6- War-torn Syria is struggling to buy food commodities in the quantities it needs, despite repeatedly issuing tenders for hundreds of thousands of tonnes of sugar, rice and wheat, trade sources say.