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  • CFTC May Delay Deadline On Energy Swaps Rule

    The Commodities Futures Trading Commission is expected to grant a delay on a rule set to take effect Friday that would impact clearing of energy swaps at the CME Group, according to sources familiar with the matter.

  • Base Metals to Pull Back

    Mike Harrowell, Senior Resources Analyst, BBY says that the QE boost to commodity prices does not reflect demand concerns and that base metals prices could be trading lower by end-December.

  • Commodities Getting a QE Lift

    Dan Morgan, Global Commodities Analyst, UBS says that stimulus measures are driving the commodities market.

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    "It will only take another refinery issue and a bit more of geopolitical noise to have the first U.S. election at a US average gasoline price of $4 a gallon," says one energy analyst.

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    Oil prices slumped for a third-straight session Wednesday, as comments from Saudi Arabia raised expectations of increased supply and after weely data from the Energy Information Administration (EIA) showed inventories climbed far more than projected.

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    U.S. oil prices retreated over $1 after topping $100 a barrel early Friday when the International Energy Agency's chief economist said high prices are now "unbearable for consumers" and traders anticipated an announcement of a release of emergency oil reserves could be imminent.

  • Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the Florida coast on August 27, 2012 in the Atlantic Ocean. According to reports, Isaac, still rated as a tropical storm, is expected to strengthen into at least a Category 1 hurricane before making landfall August 29.

    As Tropical Storm Isaac continues its path toward the U.S. Gulf Coast, gasoline futures have surged to a five-month high while oil fell slightly and natural gas prices sank.

  • Hurricane Isaac bears down on Florida.

    US oil prices fell more than $1 on Monday after rising sharply overnight as Tropical Storm Isaac threatened the U.S. Gulf Coast and a deadly explosion shut down Venezuela's largest refinery.

  • An oil drilling rig in the Junin 10 field in the Orinoco Oil Belt, in Anzoategui, Venezuela on January 24, 2012.

    Energy investors remain bullish on ExxonMobil, even though the outlook for oil prices remain uncertain, two analysts told CNBC.

  • JUBA, SUDAN - JANUARY 09: Southern Sudanese celebrate at the end of the first day of voting for the independence referendum January 9, 2011 in Juba, Sudan. Southern Sudan is participating in an independence referendum today following a historic 2005 peace treaty that brought an end to decades of civil war between the Arab north and predominantly Christian and animist south. The south is expected to vote around 99 percent to secede from the north which will also give it a majority of Sudan's oil

    The US wants China and Arab states to help foot the $3bn bill for a deal designed to unlock oil production and set Sudan and South Sudan back on the path to peace, the FT reports.

  • Fire at a Richmond refinery around the Bay Area owned by Chevron on August 6, 2012.

    Gasoline and oil futures surged Tuesday to the highest prices since May, as traders predicted the damage from a fire at California's third largest refinery could take months to repair.

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    U.S. oil futures topped $91 a barrel for the first time in two weeks, surging over 4 percent to post the biggest one-day surge for oil prices since June 29. The September WTI crude contract closed the NYMEX floor trading session up $4.27 at $91.40 a barrel.

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    Oil prices are extending gains on better-than-expected U.S. non-farm payrolls data, a re-evaluation of Draghi's comments, and deepening concerns about escalating violence in Syria..

  • Natural Gas

    Natural gas futures plunged 8 percent Thursday as supplies grew more than expected last week and as hot temperatures were forecast to moderate by the middle of August.

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    Sliding gold coin sales show that retail demand for the actual metal is clearly fading, but dealers and analysts say it is not because investors are less concerned about the financial turmoil around the globe. There's just not the same fervor for the precious metal as in recent years.

  • Valero Refinary

    As the summer doldrums set in for oil and equities, at least one sector has become a sleeper hit — refinery stocks.

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    Oil prices staged a sharp turnaround ahead of the close in floor trading at the NYMEX Wednesday, as traders speculated about the prospects for more Fed easing.

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    West Texas Intermediate (WTI) oil futures fell to the lowest price in more than a week, sliding more than $1 to below $88 a barrel, and RBOB gasoline futures plunged more than two percent to a two-week low, trading below $2.75 a gallon, after the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported a huge increase in domestic oil and gasoline supplies over the past week.

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    The prospect of military conflict over Iran's nuclear program, on one hand, versus a deteriorating global economic outlook, on the other, are divergent factors that nevertheless pushed oil prices to their highest level since May last Thursday.

  • Natural Gas

    Natural gas futures topped $3. per million BTUs for the third straight session on Friday, rising to an intraday high of nearly $3.06.