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  • ANKARA/ DUBAI, Feb 11- Iran's cancellation of a conference when it had been due to unveil investment contracts to international oil firms signals that political feuding is disrupting plans to revive its energy sector. Tehran blamed snags in obtaining British visas for Iranian delegates to the long-delayed conference, which had been scheduled to be held in...

  • *Iran seen as stumbling block, unlikely to agree-sources. Top exporter Saudi Arabia might be warming to the idea, though it was too early to say whether the kingdom would give its blessing because any deal depends mainly on a commitment by Iran to restrict its plan to boost exports, the sources said. The proposal of a production "freeze" at current levels was floated...

  • *Iran offers crude to Asia at discount to Saudi Arabia. LONDON, Feb 11- Oil slid on Thursday, dented by record U.S. crude inventories at the Cushing delivery point, worries about the demand outlook, and as Goldman Sachs said prices would remain low and volatile until the second half of the year. In a sign that producers are still competing for market share by lowering...

  • *Russia's Sechin floats idea of oil output cuts. NEW YORK, Feb 10 (Reuters)- U.S. oil prices fell on Wednesday, reversing an early rally, and Brent also pared gains as worries about the global supply glut offset encouraging U.S. government data showing a surprise drop in domestic crude stockpiles. "We believe there's been short covering on the headline and we feel we...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Stock indexes worldwide rebounded on Wednesday after concerns eased about the banking sector and Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said the U.S. central bank has plenty of flexibility to adjust monetary policy if needed. Yellen's testimony to Congress boosted sentiment. "What Yellen said has been taken positively," said Richard Sichel, chief...

  • Iran's oil minister said Tehran was ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and Kremlin oil tsar Igor Sechin proposed producing countries cut output by 1 million barrels per day- without saying whether non- OPEC member Russia would do so. While traders and delegates from OPEC doubt any deal between the group and rival producers- which would be the first in over a...

  • Iran's oil minister said Tehran was ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and the Kremlin's oil tsar Igor Sechin proposed producing countries reduce output by 1 million barrels per day- without saying whether non- OPEC member Russia would cut. While traders and delegates from OPEC doubt any deal between the group and rival producers- which would be the first in...

  • *Iran says open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia. LONDON, Feb 10- Oil rose towards $31 a barrel on Wednesday after four days of declines, supported by the prospect of OPEC and rival producers cooperating to tackle a supply glut that has sent prices to a 12- year low. Iran's oil minister said Tehran was ready to negotiate with Saudi Arabia and the Kremlin's oil tsar...

  • *Iran says open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia. SINGAPORE, Feb 10- Crude oil prices pushed higher on Wednesday after Iran said it was open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia, partly recovering from an 8 percent fall in the previous session on concerns over demand and weak equities. Prices were supported by comments from Iran's oil minister that Tehran is ready to...

  • *Iran says open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia. SINGAPORE, Feb 10- Crude oil prices pushed higher on Wednesday after Iran said it was open to cooperation with Saudi Arabia, partly recovering from an 8 percent fall in the previous session led by concerns over demand and weak equities. Prices were supported by comments from Iran's oil minister that Tehran is ready...

  • NYMEX-Crude oil rebounds after steep selloff Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 8:18 PM ET

    *U.S. crude for March delivery was 47 cents higher at $28.41 a barrel by 0113 GMT. *The front-month Brent contract was 50 cents higher at $30.82 a barrel, after it had closed $2.56, or 7.8 percent, down on Tuesday. *Meanwhile, the International Energy Agency predicted the world will store unwanted oil for most of 2016 as declines in U.S. output take time and that OPEC is...

  • The Mideast countries hardest hit by oil prices Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 4:49 PM ET
    A worker stands at a pipeline, watching a flare stack at the Saudi Aramco oil field complex facilities at Shaybah in the Rub' al Khali ('empty quarter') desert in Shaybah, Saudi Arabia.

    Here are the countries that are most resilient to the impact of oil prices—and those hit hardest.

  • MUMBAI, Feb 9- Russia's top oil producer Rosneft is still carrying out due diligence to buy a stake in Essar Oil Ltd, the Indian group which runs India's second biggest private sector refinery said on Tuesday. Last week, Bloomberg reported that the company was in talks with Saudi Arabia's biggest oil company Saudi Aramco and National Iranian Oil Company to sell a...

  • Crude oil outlook Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET
    Crude oil outlook

    Kevin Book, ClearView Energy Partners, shares his thoughts on oil's next move.

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. Hopes of an accord to shore up prices which are languishing close to 2003 have dimmed over the past week, but the meeting between cash-strapped...

  • DUBAI, Feb 8- Iran plans to turn itself into a major food exporter, hoping the lifting of sanctions will boost international trade and allow investment in the agricultural sector, an official in Iran's state grain buying agency said. Foreign business delegations have flocked to Tehran since the United States, European Union and United Nations lifted...

  • No tangible signs emerged from a meeting on Sunday between Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi and his Venezuelan counterpart that OPEC and non- OPEC suppliers were ready to meet to discuss the price slump. After a flurry of diplomacy over the last two weeks about a possible production cut roiled oil markets, Sunday's meeting between cash-strapped...

  • Brent futures fell 68 cents to $33.38 a barrel, a 2 percent loss, by 10:36 a.m. EST, paring a fall of as much as 3.3 percent earlier in the session. "With the possibility of a production cutting deal quickly fading into the sunset, market participants are once again left to focus on the reality of the oversupplied global market," Energy Management Institute analyst...

  • UPDATE 5-Oil prices slide, supply overhang in focus Monday, 8 Feb 2016 | 7:19 AM ET

    *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. *Iran says European buyers agreed to lift its crude. Global benchmark Brent futures were down 68 cents at $33.38 at 1212 GMT, while U.S. crude futures lost 81 cents to $30.08.

  • *Focus shifting to Fed testimony, IEA, EIA and OPEC data. LONDON, Feb 8- Crude oil prices eased in thin trade on Monday as a meeting between OPEC producers Saudi Arabia and Venezuela showed little indication that steps would be taken to boost prices. Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi discussed cooperation between members of the Organization of the...