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  • *Libya has declared force majeure on 11 oilfields. LONDON, March 5- Brent crude future prices rose above $61 a barrel on Thursday, as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on tensions in Iraq and Libya. It seems to be that the market does seem to be paying a little bit of attention to geopolitical factors, namely Iraq and Libya, "said Virendra...

  • LONDON, March 5- Brent crude future prices rose above $61 a barrel on Thursday, as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear programme. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday no deal had been reached on the duration of any possible final agreement with...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- Brent crude was flat on Thursday, managing to hold above $60 a barrel as investors brushed aside bearish U.S. inventories data to focus on the lack of a deal in talks over Iran's nuclear program. Tehran's ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency said on Wednesday no deal had been reached on the duration of any possible final...

  • SINGAPORE, March 5- U.S. crude was trading comfortably above $51 a barrel on Thursday, after comments by Saudi's oil minister predicting a floor for prices and as Iran nuclear talks hit a bump. President Barack Obama' s demand that it freeze sensitive nuclear activities for at least 10 years but said it would continue talks on a deal, Iran's semi-official Fars news...

  • WASHINGTON, March 4- The U.S. Senate failed on Wednesday to override President Barack Obama's veto of legislation approving the Keystone XL oil pipeline, leaving the controversial project to await an administration decision on whether to permit or deny it. The Senate mustered just 62 votes in favor of overriding the veto, short of the two-thirds needed.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 4- Environmentalists in California filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against Contra Costa County over its approval last month of a plan to increase propane recovery at Phillips 66' s Rodeo refinery, saying the environmental review did not take into account the broader impact of the project. In early February, the Contra Costa Board of...

  • HOUSTON, March 4- Labor leaders and oil company representatives will resume face-to-face talks on Monday in Houston in a bid to agree on a new contract that would end the biggest U.S. refinery strike in 35 years, the United Steelworkers union said on Wednesday. The protracted strike has prompted at least some workers in Texas to return to their jobs.

  • Why OPEC is dead Wednesday, 4 Mar 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    Oil Iraq OPEC

    With oil's price collapse, we can now declare that OPEC's reign as king of the market is over.

  • NYMEX-U.S. oil holds above $50 ahead of EIA data Tuesday, 3 Mar 2015 | 7:08 PM ET

    SINGAPORE, March 4- U.S. crude held on to overnight gains to stay above $50 a barrel on Wednesday, supported by geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and a rise in Saudi oil prices. *Saudi Arabia raised the official selling prices for its oil deliveries to Asia and the United States on Tuesday, in the latest signal OPEC's largest exporter is seeing signs of...

  • HOUSTON, March 3- Personal friendships are turning sour as some workers cross picket lines in the lingering U.S. refinery strike, with companies pushing laborers to return to work by saying they could lose their bonuses. A month into the biggest U.S. refinery walkout in 35 years, money is tight as strike pay from the United Steelworkers union is a fraction of normal...

  • SAN FRANCISCO, March 2- Retail prices for regular gasoline in West Coast states rose a record 37.2 cents a gallon since last week to $3.12 a gallon on Monday, the U.S. Energy Information Administration said. California, which relies heavily on in-state production to meet its large demand for fuels, has seen its output hampered by an explosion and fire at Exxon Mobil...

  • *Iran Foreign Minister: nuclear deal possible this week. LONDON, March 2- Brent crude oil fell almost 2 percent towards $61 a barrel on Monday after Iran said a deal on its nuclear programme could be agreed this week if the West lifted sanctions, which could boost the country's oil exports. Brent crude hit a low of $61.18 a barrel and was at $61.30 by 1220 GMT, down $1.28.

  • MOSCOW, March 2- Russian oil output was broadly unchanged in February, at 10.65 million barrels per day, as a rise in production at smaller producers offset a drop in output from Rosneft and others, Energy Ministry preliminary data showed on Monday. Russia is one of the world's top producers, along with the United States and Saudi Arabia. Oil output at...

  • LONDON, March 2- Oil dropped more than 1 percent on Monday, with Brent slipping under $62 a barrel, depressed by a stronger dollar and a rise in Libyan crude output. Brent crude hit a low of $61.70 a barrel and was at $61.90 by 1100 GMT, down 68 cents. Disruption to oil supplies from members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has helped support...

  • *No March bookings of Iran oil shipments by India so far- trade. *MRPL buys from Kuwait, Saudi Arabia to replace Iran oil- source. India, Iran's top client after China, shipped in about 102,200 barrels per day of crude and condensate from Tehran in February, the lowest since July 2013, and down 63 percent from January and 62 percent from a year ago, according to tanker...

  • SINGAPORE, March 2- U.S. crude futures fell towards $49 a barrel on Monday after rising more than $1 in the previous session to close February with the first monthly gain since June last year. Economic data from manufacturing activity in China to jobs in the United States will dominate investors' radar this week. *U.S. crude futures dropped 41 cents to $49.35 a barrel...

  • HOUSTON, Feb 27- Negotiations to settle the largest U.S. refinery strike are set to resume on March 4, the union and lead oil company negotiator said on Friday, the 27th day of the work stoppage. Talks between Shell Oil Co, the U.S. arm of Royal Dutch Shell Plc and the United Steelworkers union broke off on Feb. 20 after refinery owners balked at a settlement.

  • LONDON, Feb 27- U.S. refineries are processing record quantities of heavy crude from Canada as the perfect complement to light oils from North Dakota and Texas as they struggle to keep their average blend steady. Bakken and Eagle Ford are light, sweet oils, while Saudi Arabia's Arab Heavy and Alberta's Western Canadian Select are much heavier and sourer.

  • *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in the North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...

  • Brent approaches $61, set to end 7-month losing streak Thursday, 26 Feb 2015 | 9:24 PM ET

    *Statoil shuts Statfjord C platform in North Sea. SINGAPORE, Feb 27- Crude oil futures rebounded on Friday, with Brent heading for its biggest monthly gain since May 2009, as supply outages in North Sea and renewed fears of gas supply disruption in Europe supported prices. Norwegian energy firm Statoil has shut its Statfjord C platform in the North Sea after...