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  • *Refinery outages, Yemen tensions and storm watch fuel gains. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. crude jumped as much as 7 percent on Friday as a rally in gasoline prices from refinery outages and concern about strife in Yemen prompted traders to scramble for a second day to cover short positions. U.S. crude's front-month was up $2.25, or 5.3 percent, at $44.81 a barrel by 1:46 p.m....

  • *Gasoline rally, Yemen tensions and storm watch fuel gains. NEW YORK, Aug 28- U.S. crude jumped 6 percent on Friday as a rally in gasoline prices and air raids in Yemen prompted traders to scramble for a second day to cover short positions, while market players also kept an eye on a storm that appeared to be approaching the oil-rich U.S. U.S. crude's front-month was up...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 28- The short-covering frenzy in global oil markets extended for a second straight day on Friday, pushing U.S. crude up as much as 5 percent in morning trade, getting extra support from a rally in gasoline futures, before both began consolidating. "A severely oversold and shorted oil market is creating a bid for covering in U.S. crude," said Chris Jarvis,...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 26- U.S. crude oil stockpiles fell sharply last week as imports tumbled, while gasoline and distillate inventories rose despite a reduction in refinery runs, data from the Energy Information Administration showed on Wednesday. U.S. crude fell more than 1 percent to below $39 a barrel, nearing the 6-1/ 2- year lows touched earlier this week, and New York...

  • *Supply glut and China' hard landing' fears weigh. "Plummeting gasoline seems to be a drag on crude oil prices," said Carsten Fritsch, senior oil analyst at Commerzbank in Frankfurt, Germany. U.S. crude oil was down 20 cents at $39.11 a barrel by 1455 GMT.

  • BEIJING, Aug 26- Two of China's major oil companies said on Wednesday that their profits slumped in the first half of 2015, as a sharp decline in international crude prices hit upstream earnings. Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, posted profits of 25.4 billion yuan, down 22 percent from 32.5 billion yuan a year earlier, the company said in a filing with the Hong...

  • Top Asian refiner Sinopec's net profits slip 22 pct in H1 Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 7:33 AM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 26- China's Sinopec Corp, Asia's largest refiner, posted a 22 percent fall in first-half profit on a sharp decline in international crude prices that hit upstream earnings. The state-controlled company's net profit was 25.4 billion yuan, compared to 32.5 billion yuan a year earlier, it said in a filing with the Hong Kong bourse. Sinopec reported a...

  • Oil futures crash no help to sellers of the real thing Wednesday, 26 Aug 2015 | 5:15 AM ET

    *From Russia to Nigeria, crude values still depressed. LONDON/ MOSCOW, Aug 26- When oil futures markets crash- as they have this summer- physical markets often move the other way as refiners jump on the opportunity offered by cheap oil to stockpile. But traders in barrels from Nigeria to Russia say the physical market remains stubbornly weak in further evidence a...

  • Oil near 6-1/2 year lows as China economy fears linger Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    *Iran to ramp up output; Nigeria to export highest volume of 2015. SEOUL, Aug 26- Crude oil futures dipped on Wednesday on fears of a hard landing for China's economy despite central bank moves to bolster stumbling growth and concerns about a supply glut. Brent lost 10 cents to $43.11 a barrel as of 0110 GMT after it settled up 52 cents at $43.21 a barrel in the previous...

  • SEOUL, Aug 26- U.S. crude steadied on Wednesday as oversold conditions tempted some buyers, but prices were kept in check by concerns over a global supply glut and fears of a hard landing for China's economy. *U.S. front-month October crude futures added 6 cents to $39.37 a barrel as of 0021 GMT, after finishing the previous session $1.07 higher at $39.31.

  • BP restarts part of Indiana oil refinery after repairs Tuesday, 25 Aug 2015 | 12:02 PM ET

    SOUTH BEND, Ind.— A large Indiana oil refinery whose unplanned shutdown for repairs earlier this month caused gasoline prices in the Great Lakes region to spike restarted Tuesday, leading experts to predict a quick drop in prices. AAA Hoosier Motor Club reports gas prices hit a high of $2.976 in Indiana for self-serve regular unleaded on Aug. 16 in Indiana.

  • NEW YORK, Aug 24- A key gasoline-making unit at PBF Energy Inc's 182,200- barrel-per-day Delaware City, Delaware, refinery is expected to be shut for at least a month- and possibly much longer- following an explosion and fire on Friday, a source familiar with plant operations said on Sunday. The primary wet gas compressor associated with the FCC at Delaware City and...

  • *China's weak factory activity triggers stock selloff. NEW YORK, Aug 21- U.S. oil prices traded below $40 a barrel for the first time since the 2009 financial crisis on Friday, ending 2 percent lower on signs of U.S. oversupply and weak Chinese manufacturing and notching the longest weekly losing streak in almost three decades. "Everyone is still looking at it saying'...

  • BOOK CLIFFS, Utah— On a remote Utah ridge covered in sagebrush, pines and wild grasses, a Canadian company is about to embark on something never before done commercially in the United States: digging sticky, black, tar-soaked sand from the ground and extracting the petroleum. Across the rolling green hills of the Book Cliffs of eastern Utah, about 165 miles from Salt...

  • *Calls for emergency OPEC meeting rebuffed. DUBAI/ LONDON, Aug 21- Some of OPEC's Gulf members are concerned about the latest drop in oil prices which had not been expected, OPEC delegates said, but they see little chance of the exporting group diverting from its policy of defending market share. "There is a concern about the health of the Chinese economy, but as...

  • Chinese trading rivalry ruffles Asian oil markets Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    *Chinaoil, Unipec face off in Asia crude trade. BEIJING/ SINGAPORE, Aug 21- An intensifying rivalry between China's two top oil traders Chinaoil and Unipec is whipsawing Asia's oil market, pitting the state-owned firms against each other in a battle for control of the region's crude benchmark. Aggressive trading- with heavy buying by Chinaoil met by selling from...

  • FACTBOX-China's top two oil traders Thursday, 20 Aug 2015 | 5:00 PM ET

    BEIJING, Aug 21- An intensifying rivalry between China's two top oil traders Chinaoil and Unipec is whipsawing Asia's oil market, pitting the state-owned firms against each other in a battle for control of the region's crude benchmark. *Trading desk: Unipec has 400 staff with trade hubs in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, London and New York. Hong Kong and London...

  • U.S. futures retested support near $40 a barrel early in the session, falling to their lowest level since 2009, and Brent fell to a fresh October contract low above $46 a barrel as a global supply glut and concerns about sputtering growth in China continued to weigh on oil prices. In Asia, MSCI's broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan shed 1.5 percent...

  • NEW YORK, Aug 20- Americans drove more miles this June than ever before, data showed on Thursday, highlighting the surprisingly rapid pickup in driving activity that is pushing gasoline use toward a new record. The combination of cheaper fuel, an improving economy and summer school holidays fueled a 3.9 percent jump in the number of miles driven in June, the...

  • The United States imported 56.3 million barrels of crude in the week ending Aug. 14, up from 53.0 million barrels the week before, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Higher imports largely accounted for the reported 2.6 million barrel increase in commercial crude stocks, though refinery processing also slipped as a result of problems at...