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Business Venezuela

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    The Venezuelan government has ordered nearly all McDonald's restaurants in the country closed for 48 hours for what it calls irregularities in the fast-food chain's financial books.

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez was due in Moscow on Thursday, his second visit within months as Russia increases its ties with the U.S. foe after fighting a war against American-allied Georgia.

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    Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez has added a large Spanish-owned bank to the list of companies to be run by the government in the oil-exporting nation, furthering his plans of building a socialist state.

  • Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said on Sunday oil prices could hit $300 per barrel if U.S. oil company Exxon Mobil again freezes Venezuelan assets in a dispute over a nationalized oil project.

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    U.S. imports of Venezuelan oil fell 11.7 percent during the first four months of the year compared to the same period in 2007, the U.S. government said Monday.

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    Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez Thursday threatened to stop selling oil to European countries if they apply a new ruling on illegal immigrants that is criticized in Latin America and by human rights groups.

  • Venezuela will not attend a meeting of oil consumers and producers this coming weekend and sees no need to up output, the country's oil minister said on Wednesday.

  • Brazil's strong growth-- fueled by red-hot commodities exports and a strong domestic demand-- offers investors a growing range of options.

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    Venezuela is seeking to remove Exxon Mobil as the operator of its joint-venture refinery in Chalmette, Louisiana, Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Wednesday.

  • President Hugo Chavez Thursday announced the immediate nationalization of Venezuela's cement industry, a move that will hit Mexico's Cemex, just a year after Chavez launched a wave of state takeovers.

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    Venezuela is preparing a "windfall" oil tax to boost the OPEC nation's revenues from record crude prices, only months after leftist President Hugo Chavez's nationalization crusade forced out two of the world's largest energy companies

  • Venezuela is not interested in seeing oil prices rise further and is pushing to stabilize the market, President Hugo Chavez said after visiting the site of a Brazilian refinery being built to process Venezuelan crude.

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    A British judge has lifted a $12 billion freeze on Venezuelan assets awarded to U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil in a spat over a seized oil project.

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    U.S. crude oil futures settled at another record in volatile, choppy trading, as technical strength combined with skepticism about the dollar's long-term prospects after the Federal Reserve's liquidity action.

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    Oil shot up almost $3 a barrel Monday to a closing record of $107.90, extending a rally led by investors seeking a hedge against the tumbling U.S. dollar and inflation.

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    Oil prices hit a new record high as a weak dollar outweighed concerns of a recession in the United States that had been triggered by an unexpected drop in U.S. jobs data earlier in the day.

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    Crude oil futures rose to another record close Thursday, boosted once more by the dollar's continuing slide to new lows against the euro.

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    Oil surged Wednesday, rising a remarkable $5 a barrel to a new record over $104 after the government reported a surprise drop in crude oil stockpiles and OPEC held production levels steady.

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    Even a supply surplus and falling demand are no match for oil’s momentum. As crude sets a new record close, commodity veteran Addison Armstrong gives his short and long-term views.

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    An escalating battle with Exxon highlights the growing rift between the U.S. and Venezuela, which is likely to continue even after President Bush leaves the  White House.