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  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 23- Argentina will cut the price for crude oil produced and sold in the country to allow a 5 percent reduction in gasoline prices, the government said on Tuesday. The federal government, which regulates domestic energy prices, announced a $7 per barrel cut in the fixed price of crude under a deal struck with private oil companies and oil-producing...

  • *Shares in Nutreco fall 5 pct as Cargill drops takeover bid. Shares in Dutch animal feed company Nutreco bucked the trend, falling 5 percent after U.S. commodities company Cargill said it was dropping its takeover bid. Around Europe, Britain's FTSE 100 index was up 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX index up 0.3 percent and France's CAC 40 up 0.5 percent.

  • BUENOS AIRES, Dec 22- Argentina's central government and oil pumping provinces have agreed to cut the fixed price of crude oil produced and sold in the country, a step that would likely ease price pressures on consumers facing one of the world's highest inflation rates. Guillermo Pereyra, head of the influential Private Oil and Gas Union of Rio Negro, Neuquen and...

  • Lightning Round: Do not get rid of this Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 6:39 PM ET

    Are you ready skeedaddy???!!! It's time for the Lightning Round. Cramer makes the call on viewer favorites.

  • Saudi 'shock and awe' slams oil; nat gas burned Monday, 22 Dec 2014 | 5:46 PM ET

    OPEC talked down the oil market, sending crude sharply lower, while warm weather and growing supply battered natural gas prices.

  • *France's Soitec tumbles after profit warning. PARIS, Dec 22- A rebound in most energy shares drove European equities higher on Monday, while Greece's bourse was also boosted by the country's prime minister offering to bring pro-European independents into the government. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.6 percent, Germany's DAX gained 0.7...

  • LONDON, Dec 22- Rising energy shares drove European equities higher on Monday, while Greece's bourse also advanced after the country's prime minister offered on Sunday to bring pro-European independents into the government. Britain's blue-chip FTSE 100 index advanced by 0.9 percent, Germany's DAX progressed by 0.6 percent, France's CAC rose 1 percent while...

  • *Australia's plan to become top LNG exporter still on track. Just last week, Woodside Petroleum Ltd delayed the FID for its $40 billion Browse floating project with Royal Dutch Shell and BP. The next cab off that rank could be ExxonMobil and BHP Billiton's $10 billion Scarborough project.

  • Arctic offshore drill company enters guilty pleas Friday, 19 Dec 2014 | 2:43 PM ET

    ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The company hired by Royal Dutch Shell PLC in 2012 to drill on petroleum leases in the Arctic Ocean pleaded guilty Friday to eight felony environmental and maritime crimes. Noble Drilling U.S. LLC, based in Sugarland, Texas, agreed to pay $12.2 million after pleading guilty to five counts of failing to maintain records on a drill ship that...

  • LONDON, Dec 19- Large oil companies flush with cash are expected to seize on the recent collapse in oil prices to begin a shopping spree for smaller rivals, focusing on oil producers and explorers in Africa, Asia and the United States. Those include British oil and gas company BG Group, which produces oil and gas in regions including Brazil, East Africa and Australia.

  • Oil plunges as market seeks bottom Thursday, 18 Dec 2014 | 4:22 PM ET
    A worker for Raven Drilling, helps line up a pipe while drilling for oil in the Bakken shale formation outside Watford City, North Dakota.

    Oil futures fell sharply, failing to hold a rally for a second day and signaling traders that the selling is not over.

  • Motiva backs off hydrocracker expansion at Texas refinery Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 3:19 PM ET

    HOUSTON, Dec 17- Motiva Enterprises has withdrawn its permit request to expand a hydrocracker and diesel hydrotreater unit at its Texas refinery, the largest in the United States. In a brief letter received by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency earlier this month, Motiva asked, without explanation, to withdraw its August permit application for the...

  • EU lawmakers fail to approve tar sands oil veto Wednesday, 17 Dec 2014 | 12:56 PM ET

    BRUSSELS, Dec 17- An attempt by some European politicians to veto the import of tar sands oil failed on Wednesday after a European Parliament vote, giving a boost to Canada but dismaying green campaigners. After years of lobbying from Canada, the European Commission published a new plan in October on reporting the greenhouse gas intensity of transport fuels.

  • Europe rallies, shrugging off oil and ruble losses Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 11:30 AM ET

    Europe closed sharply higher on Tuesday reversing earlier losses seen after the fall in the price of oil and Russia's foreign exchange rout.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 15- A U.S. federal appeals court on Monday threw out a human rights lawsuit brought against Occidental Petroleum Corp over allegations that it played a role in killings carried out by the Colombian military in 2004.. A three-judge panel of the San Francisco- based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a district court judge's decision to...

  • Europe tumbles, DAX closes 2% lower after Sydney siege Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 11:31 AM ET

    Europe closed sharply lower on Monday with earlier gains seen in the price of oil reversed after heavy gunfire was heard outside a Sydney cafe.

  • European shares halt sell-off; CGG sinks 33 pct Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 7:59 AM ET

    *CGG tumbles as Technip walks away. Shares in seismic oil and gas services group CGG sank 33 percent as rival Technip abandoned a takeover bid after talks with CGG collapsed. "Following last week's slide, the best we can hope for is a' Santa Claus retracement' instead of the traditional rally," FXCM analyst Vincent Ganne said.

  • Europe tumbles over 2% as oil stocks tank Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:55 AM ET

    European stock markets closed sharply lower on Friday, as commodity prices continued to fall and and shares in oil-related firms tanked.

  • European shares set for biggest weekly loss in 3 years Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 11:11 AM ET

    The broad STOXX Europe 600 has lost 5.2 percent during the week, representing a wipeout in market capitalisation of roughly $468 billion, nearly twice the size of Greece's GDP. Saipem dropped 5 percent on Friday, hitting a 10- year low, while Royal Dutch Shell was down 2.4 percent, Repsol down 4.8 percent and CGG down 4.6 percent. Crude has dropped more than 45...