James Lockhart-Smith, head of Latin America at Maplecroft, says even if the opposition candidate were to win the elections in Venezuela, he would still be cautious unwinding previous nationalizations and legislation.
The prospect of snap elections in Venezuela - which may be triggered if President Hugo Chavez steps down due to his worsening health - may create volatility in global oil markets though any upward price impact is likely to only be short-term.
Iran's crude exports to its biggest customer, Asia, fell by a quarter in 2012 and shipments this year are expected to drop by at least 12 percent under U.S. sanctions pressure, but ample alternative supplies will keep refiners flush with oil.
Asia's financial capital Hong Kong retained its top spot as the world's most expensive city to rent a high-end apartment as robust demand on the island, a popular destination for employees looking to relocate overseas, and constrained supply, kept prices elevated.
Latin American markets have been a prime target for Spanish companies because of their language advantage, and giants such as Telefonica and Banco Santander have increased their exposure there to compensate for problems in their domestic market.
Things are looking increasingly bleak for Hugo Chavez, which has oil companies, Western governments and all of Latin America asking the same question: What's next if he dies?
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez stayed on his sickbed in Cuba on Thursday while supporters rallied on the day he should have been sworn in for a new six-year term.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports medical treatment for cancer will prevent Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez from being sworn in for a new term at this time.
CNBC's Michelle Caruso-Cabrera reports Venezuela speaker says President Hugo Chavez is seeking to delay his inauguration.
Canada has approved China's biggest ever foreign takeover, the $15.1 billion bid from CNOOC for energy company Nexen, but has drawn a line in the sand against future buys by state-owned enterprises.
*Stocks build in Europe as refinery maintenance ends. Middle distillates inventories, which include heating oil, diesel and jet, had been running at multi-year lows in both the United States and Europe- threatening to ramp up heating bills for households in the event of an early cold snap.
*Scarabeo 9 drilling rig leaving Cuba for West Africa. Communist Party newspaper Granma reported that a well drilled off western Cuba by Venezuelan state oil company PDVSA had been plugged because it ``did not offer possibilities of commercial exploitation.''.
CALGARY, Alberta, Nov 1- Suncor Energy Inc said on Thursday that rising light oil production threatens the profitability of a massive new upgrading facility planned by Canada's dominant oil sands producer as it delayed plans to expand output from the world's third-largest oil reserve.
*Latin America offers Spaniards hope for work. MEXICO CITY/ MADRID Oct 31- After joining the euro in 1999, Spain's economic boom made it the land of opportunity for millions of Latin American migrant workers.
*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.
*Eyes on next week's Bank of Japan policy meeting. NEW YORK, Oct 25- Gold rose above $1,700 an ounce on Thursday, a day after it fell under that, in reaction to encouraging United Kingdom GDP growth data and expectations the Bank of Japan will further loosen its monetary policy.
*Eyes on next week's Bank of Japan policy meeting. Spot gold was up 0.8 percent at $1,714.36 an ounce at 1034 GMT, bouncing off Wednesday's seven-week low of $1,698.39, while U.S. gold futures for December delivery were up $14.90 an ounce at $1,716.50.
CARACAS, Venezuela-- After four election wins, Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez is on track to completing at least 20 years in power, and supporters such as street bookseller Cristina Tovar say they're glad to have him in charge.
COLUMBUS, Ohio-- Ohio is the appropriate forum for an investors' lawsuit seeking to collect $100 million on three-decade-old Venezuelan promissory notes, despite concerns over document translation and witness transportation, a federal judge ruled.
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina-- Argentina announced the immediate evacuation Saturday of about 300 crew members from the ARA Libertad, a navy training ship seized in Africa nearly three weeks ago as collateral for unpaid bonds dating from the South American nation's economic crisis a decade ago.