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    A release of oil from the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) to counter rising oil prices would be irresponsible, Francisco Blanch, head of global commodity research at Bank of America Merrill Lynch told CNBC on Monday.

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    Sentiment towards benchmark oil prices is evenly balanced this week, with some in the markets saying higher U.S. gasoline prices are causing ‘demand destruction’ while others say supply risks focused on Iran will continue to keep prices well-supported, CNBC's weekly survey of market sentiment showed.

  • Releasing Oil Stocks Would be 'Irresponsible' Monday, 19 Mar 2012 | 6:46 PM ET
    Releasing Oil Stocks Would be 'Irresponsible'

    Francisco Blanch, Head of Global Commodity and Multi-Asset Strategy Research, Bank of America Merrill Lynch says a release of oil stocks from strategic petroleum reserves at this stage isn't justified.

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    Further increase in gasoline prices may force Americans to cut spending, and in turn may hurt consumer-related stocks, says a new report from Barclays Capital.

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    New information suggests that Iran’s oil production may not have fallen as much as other industry reports have speculated. The latest publication of data by the Joint Organizations Data Initiative (JODI) published on Sunday showed Iran produced 3.72 million barrels per day in January, marking the highest output since December 2008.

  • More Pain at the Pump Coming? Friday, 16 Mar 2012 | 7:21 PM ET
    More Pain at the Pump Coming?

    Daniel Yergin, CNBC energy analyst, discusses what's behind the rising price of oil, and problems with Iran.

  • Crude Inventories Rise 1.8M Barrels Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 10:30 AM ET
    Crude Inventories Rise 1.8M Barrels

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson has the details on this week's crude oil inventory data.

  • Asia Seen Driving Oil Demand in 2012: IEA Wednesday, 14 Mar 2012 | 6:48 AM ET

    The Asia region is expected to drive demand for oil over the course of the year, according to the latest International Energy Agency report.

  • High Gas Prices Threaten Stock Market Gains: Report Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 2:00 PM ET

    If history is any indication, the stock market could soon lose the resilience it has shown so far in the face of soaring oil and gasoline prices, says a new report from Morgan Stanley.

  • CNBC Poll: Best-Performing Commodity in 2012? Monday, 12 Mar 2012 | 11:30 AM ET
    ETF Strategist | Commodities

    While individual commodities are subject to a lot of momentum—they are a good alternative to stocks and bonds and commonly used for diversification, and hedging investments.

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    Benchmark oil prices may decline this week as many still consider market conditions are over-extended and current levels are not warranted by the supply and demand fundamentals, CNBC's weekly survey of market sentiment showed.

  • Iran vs. the Dollar Friday, 9 Mar 2012 | 4:22 PM ET
    Iran vs. the Dollar

    Oil is caught between two worlds: a stronger dollar and geopolitical risk in Iran, reports CNBC's Sharon Epperson.

  • Cramer Explains Stock Market’s Gains Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 6:26 PM ET

    After U.S. stocks finished higher for the second straight session, Cramer on Thursday noted that most issues that had worried investors earlier in the week have since been addressed.

  • Major Powers Agree to Demand Access to Iran Sites Thursday, 8 Mar 2012 | 6:51 AM ET
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    Major powers called on Iran to enter "serious dialogue" over its contested nuclear program "without pre-conditions", in a joint statement issued on Thursday following extensive deliberations in Vienna.

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    The witching hour that could determine whether Greece defaults or not is Thursday afternoon, and that will hang over markets until it's known whether enough private investors accept a debt restructuring deal.

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    Rattled stock investors may be seeing the start of a much anticipated market correction.

  • Oil to Retreat, US Crude May Test $100: Survey Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 6:50 PM ET
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    Benchmark crude oil prices will likely extend their losses this week as investors questioned whether the recent rally which sent Brent crude to a multi-year high is warranted by the fundamentals, CNBC's weekly survey showed.

  • Cramer: This Market Has Changed For the Worse Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 6:47 PM ET

    The “Mad Money” host explains the culmination of events that have hit the market in the past 96 hours.

  • Crude Oil Falls As Iran Fears Ease Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 11:51 AM ET
    Crude Oil Falls As Iran Fears Ease

    A check on oil prices and where oil's next move might be, with Ray Carbonne, Paramount Options, and CNBC's Bertha Coombs.

  • Oil Could Jump by $40 on Iran Risk: Strategist Tuesday, 6 Mar 2012 | 12:54 AM ET

    A disruption of crude oil supply from Iran could push oil prices up by as much as $40 per barrel, according to Sabine Schels, Senior Director and Global Commodity Strategist at Bank of America Merrill Lynch Global Research.