While the long-term prospect for oil looks promising, the near-term outlook remains cloudy due to factors such as a looming Fed rate hike, says David Lennox, resources analyst at Fat Prophets.» Read More
Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s five-day tour of Latin American countries comes at a time of rising tensions with the United States and growing international isolation. The US State Department described Iran’s search for friends as “desperate,” while US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner is expected to ratchet up the pressure in a visit to China and Japan.
Iran has begun uranium enrichment at a new underground site built to withstand possible airstrikes, a leading hard-line newspaper reported Sunday in another show of defiance against Western pressure to rein in Tehran's nuclear program.
The Governor of the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) has not stepped down despite rumors to the contrary, according to comments carried by the semi-official Fars news agency.
Under growing pressure from the United States, some of Asia’s largest economies are reluctantly looking for options to reduce the amount of oil they buy from Iran. The New York Times reports.
Crosscurrents from Europe, a gaggle of Fed speakers and the start of earnings season in the coming week will provide a critical test for markets in the new year.
Oil prices could spiral out of control and potentially herald deeper economic hardship for Europe if the European Union joins the US in banning Iranian oil imports, analysts warned on Friday.
Alejandro Barbajosa, Oil Markets Specialist at Argus Media discusses the ability of major consuming nations to cope if Iran follows through on it's threats to blockade the strait of Hormuz, and says that the worst-case scenario would be a sudden, severe knee-jerk reaction which would, however, be short-lived.
Threats from Iran to disrupt oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz continue, and light sweet crude is bumping up against its 10-month high, John Kilduff, Again Capital, and Edward Morse, Citi, discuss.
Any European embargo of oil imports from Iran would have a direct effect not just on Iran, but also on the most prominent consumers of Iranian oil and refiners in the Mediterranean, according to a series of recent reports.
The two strongest Republican candidates to emerge from the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum, both are open to bombing Iran's nuclear weapons program, the Christian Science Monitor reports.
The anxious exchange of statements and explicit threats between the U.S. and Iran mark a notable escalation and leave the energy markets struggling to understand the implications.
Pulitzer prize winning author Daniel Yergin, Chairman of IHS CERA, shared an excerpt on Iran from his latest book “The Quest: Energy Security, and the Remaking of the Modern World.” The piece describes how the balance of power in the Gulf region could shift should Iran obtain nuclear weapons.
The week's top business news and investing advice, including gold stocks and bank bets, with CNBC's Brian Shactman.
If Iran shuts the Strait of Hormuz "that would be cataclysmic for the oil price and the economy, particularly if they figure out a way to shut it down for an extended period," says former Shell executive John Hofmeister.
For the Iranians to pull off shutting down the Strait of Hormuz would be armageddon-like, says John Hofmeister, former president/CEO Of U.S. Operations, Shell Oil Co. Who adds, the U.S. should be working harder to preserve its own energy.
Is there another Middle East powder keg ready to blow? Gen. Barry McCaffrey, U.S. Army, (Ret.) discusses Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz in retaliation for U.S. and European sanctions.
With two trading days left in the year, “Fast Money” pro Anthony Scaramucci shared his 2012 predictions on Europe, gold, the U.S. dollar, Iran and Occupy Wall Street.
Pending sanctions against Iran are designed to cause swifter economic pain than past penalties, and Iran is ramping up rhetoric in response.
Tough talk from Tehran this week sent crude oil prices higher, but what does a cost-benefit perspective suggest?
Sharing perspective on trading tensions around Iran's threat to close the Strait of Hormuz and cut oil supply, with Stephen Schork, Schork Report.