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  • LONDON, Nov 1- World No. 2 oil company Royal Dutch Shell suffered a 15 percent fall in current cost of supply profits in the third quarter as the impact of lower crude prices, a fall in output and special charges outweighed stronger margins in refining.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 1- Brent crude hovered around $108.50 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on concerns that storm Sandy's rampage across the U.S. East Coast could reduce fuel demand, although data pointing to recovery in China offered some support.

  • SINGAPORE, Nov 1- Brent crude edged down toward $108 a barrel on Thursday as investors focused on concerns that storm Sandy's rampage across the U.S. East Coast could reduce fuel demand and shrugged off data pointing to a recovery in China.

  • LAGOS, Nigeria-- Kidnappers freed six Russian sailors and an Estonian on Wednesday who had been abducted from a ship off Nigeria's southern delta, a French oil and gas services company said. Typically, foreign companies operating in Nigeria's Niger Delta pay cash ransoms to free their employees after negotiating down kidnappers' demands.

  • LAGOS, Nigeria-- French company: 7 sailors kidnapped off Nigeria oil delta freed unharmed.

  • *Supply rises by 60,000 bpd, led by Iraq, Angola, Libya. LONDON, Oct 31- OPEC oil output has risen slightly in October as extra supplies from Iraq, Angola and Libya have offset disruptions in Nigeria and a further decline in Iran to its lowest in two decades, a Reuters survey found on Wednesday.

  • LONDON, Oct 31- OPEC oil output has risen slightly in October as extra supplies from Iraq, Angola and Libya offset a further decline in Iran to its lowest in two decades and disruptions in Nigeria, a Reuters survey found on Wednesday.

  • *OPEC crude oil output rises slightly in October- survey. LONDON, Oct 31- Brent crude rose above $109 a barrel on Wednesday as the U.S. East Coast began to pick itself up from a massive storm, but gains were capped by concerns over the demand impact on the world's largest oil consumer.

  • Arabica coffee led the losses with a fall of 2 percent in New York, hit by a combination of weak demand, a huge, looming Brazilian crop and technical selling.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Oil recovered from an earlier decline on Friday to trade above $109 a barrel as data showing a pick-up in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter provided some relief from concerns about the global demand outlook. Brent crude was up 69 cents to $109.18 a barrel by 1348 GMT, having fallen to as low as $107.40 earlier.

  • LONDON, Oct 26- Oil recovered from an earlier decline on Friday to trade above $108 a barrel as data showing pick-up in U.S. economic growth in the third quarter provided some relief from, but did not dispel, concerns about the demand outlook. Brent crude was up 5 cents to $108.54 a barrel by 1320 GMT, having fallen to as low as $107.40 earlier.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • *Hurricane Sandy threatens U.S. after slamming Cuba. LONDON, Oct 26- Oil fell on Friday to around $108 a barrel and was heading for its second weekly drop, pressured by expectations U.S. economic growth will not be strong enough to bolster the demand outlook and by Europe's debt crisis.

  • *Ottawa wanted to review China, Malaysia deals together. OTTAWA/ CALGARY, Oct 26- Malaysian state-owned oil company Petronas was so confident last Friday that its purchase of Progress Energy Resources Corp would be approved by Canada that company officials had drafted a press release to announce the news.

  • GENEVA, Oct 25- Nigerian oil exports in December are expected reach the highest level since May, pointing to a swift recovery of production after floods knocked out a fifth of the output in the top African producer.

  • *Coming Up: U.S. Weekly jobless claims at 1230 GMT. LONDON, Oct 25- Brent crude oil rose above $108 per barrel on Thursday, consolidating after seven days of falls as better-than-expected data suggested the world economy was recovering, but analysts said the overall outlook for oil prices was bearish.

  • Crude oil stocks in the United States jumped 5.9 million barrels last week, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said in a weekly report, well above the increase of 1.9 million barrels in a Reuters survey of analysts.

  • Now, there are reports of good production in the Ivory Coast and Nigeria while the harvest is progressing in West Africa, said Jack Scoville, vice president of Price Futures Group. In other trading, most commodity prices were lower after more disappointing economic news from Europe outweighed a positive report on China's manufacturing sector.

  • LONDON, Oct 24- Brent crude oil fell for a seventh consecutive session on Wednesday after U.S. crude stocks rose last week, offsetting earlier strength prompted by signs that Chinese demand could stage a recovery. Brent crude was down 42 cents at $107.83 a barrel by 1455 GMT and looked on track for its lowest close since early August. U.S. oil fell $1 cents to $85.67.