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  • *Mideast OPEC producers fight for market share in Asia. DUBAI, Feb 9- Iraq has raised the March official selling price for Basra Light crude to Asia by $0.20 to minus $2.60 a barrel against the average of Oman/ Dubai quotes from the previous month, the State Oil Marketing Organization said. Basra Heavy to Asia in the same month was priced at minus $6.30 a barrel to Oman/...

  • 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...

  • SOCHI, Russia— President Vladimir Putin has hosted the ruler of Bahrain for talks focused on the Syrian crisis and economic cooperation. Putin hailed Bahrain as Russia's "important partner in the Gulf and the entire Middle East" at the start of the talks Monday in the Russian president's residence in the Black Sea resort of Sochi. Putin presented Bahraini King...

  • *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...

  • DOHA, Qatar— The Qatari state oil company, Qatar Petroleum, says it has reached a deal with Chevron to acquire 30 percent of its stake in offshore drilling areas in Morocco. Under the terms of the deal announced Monday, Chevron will hold onto a 45- percent interest in the offshore leases, while Morocco will retain a 25 percent stake. The drilling areas are known as Cap...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Feb 8-- One of the dominant themes in Asia's oil products markets is the rise of Chinese fuel exports, so much so that the decline in shipments from India barely gets mentioned. India has in recent years been a fairly major player in Asia's market for refined products, given the presence of plants designed to take advantage of the country's...

  • *Market awaiting USDA supply outlook for trading cues. SYDNEY, Feb 8- U.S. soybeans fell to a 10- day low on Monday as rains across Argentina eased fears over dry weather curbing yields, although trading was light due to Lunar New Year holidays. Chicago Board of Trade front-month soybeans were unchanged at $8.67-1/ 2 a bushel by 0238 GMT, near a session low of $8.67, the...

  • SYDNEY, Feb 8- U.S. soybeans dipped to a 10- day low in Asian trade on Monday as rains in Argentina relieved pressure on crops, although trading was muted amid Lunar New Year holidays. *Chicago Board Of Trade front-month soybeans eased slightly to $8.67 a bushel, the lowest since January 29. *Front-month corn rose 0.1 percent to $3.66 a bushel, having earlier hit a low of...

  • *China investing $46 billion in new trade route. GWADAR, Pakistan, Feb 8- A heavy police presence, guarded convoys, new checkpoints and troop reinforcements have turned parts of the southern port city of Gwadar into a fortress, as Pakistan's powerful military seeks to protect billions of dollars of Chinese investment. Securing the planned $46 billion economic...

  • AMMAN, Jordan— Jordan's planning minister says his country has been promised easier trade terms by the international community, potentially generating large-scale investment and "hundreds of thousands of job opportunities." Fakhoury spoke after last week's Syria aid conference, where donors pledged more than $10 billion, including aid to 4.6 million...

  • Iran: Dollars no good here, but euros are Sunday, 7 Feb 2016 | 11:19 AM ET
    Iranian workers walk at a unit of South Pars Gas field in Asalouyeh Seaport, north of Persian Gulf, Iran November 19, 2015.

    Iran wants to recover tens of billions of dollars it is owed by India and other buyers of its oil in euros.

  • MOGADISHU, Somalia— Security video footage taken at Mogadishu airport shows two men handing what looks like a laptop computer to the suspected suicide bomber after he passed through the security checkpoint, Somalia's government spokesman said Sunday. The man who received the laptop is the suspected suicide bomber who was blown from the Daallo Airlines jet...

  • DUBAI, Feb 7- Stock markets in Saudi Arabia and Egypt slipped in early trade on Sunday, erasing some of their gains in the previous session after oil prices reversed and global markets sold off at the end of last week. Saudi Cement rose 2.0 percent after the company recommended a dividend distribution of 3.00 riyals per share for the second half of 2015, versus a...

  • India's Jet Airways posts record quarterly net profit Saturday, 6 Feb 2016 | 6:20 AM ET

    NEW DELHI, Feb 6- India's Jet Airways Ltd said on Saturday its December quarter net profit rose more than seven times, with sharply lower fuel costs helping the carrier post a third consecutive quarterly gain following a series of losses. Jet, India's second largest carrier by market share, said net profit in the October-December period rose to 4.67 billion...

  • Feb 5- LinkedIn Corp's shares closed down 43.6 percent on Friday, wiping out nearly $11 billion of market value, after the social network for professionals shocked Wall Street with a revenue forecast that fell far short of expectations. The rout in the stock cost LinkedIn chairman Reid Hoffman about $1.2 billion based on his 11.1 percent stake in the company he...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 5- Oil prices ended the week lower in choppy trading on Friday, snapping two weeks of gains, as a frenzy of speculation about a possible deal between top oil producers clashed with concerns about a growing supply glut. After a volatile week's trading, much is riding on Sunday's meeting between Venezuelan Oil Minister Eulogio Del Pino and his Saudi...