Oil falls as China’s economic concerns outweigh refining

Crude oil prices were lower Friday, as concerns about China’s economy outweighed strong signals from its refining sector, Kallanish Energy learns.  But losses were limited on hopes for progress toward a U.S.-China trade agreement. Brent crude oil futures fell 49 cents, to settle at $59.42 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures lost

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Oil rises on Saudi supply concerns

Crude oil rose slightly Monday, after gaining nearly 7% last week, as lingering concerns over global supplies following the Sept. 14 attack on Saudi oil facilities offset prospects for a faster-than-expected restoration of the kingdom’s output and on signs of European economic weakness. Global benchmark Brent futures were up 40 cents to $64.68 a barrel,

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Prices fall after larger-than-expected drop in crude inventories

U.S. crude oil prices fell Wednesday after a sharp drop in U.S. crude stocks and Opec member Iraq said the cartel would discuss deepening output cuts amid ongoing demand concerns. Brent crude fell 0.19%, to $62.26 a barrel, while U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 0.61%, to $57.05/Bbl, Kallanish Energy reports. Oil prices have risen more than 7%

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Iraq will comply with Opec cuts, minister says

Iraq will immediately comply with Opec production cuts after months of overproduction, its oil minister told CNBC Tuesday. The second-largest crude producer in the 14-member cartel is known to chronically overproduce even as the group tries to curb output to help prop up prices, Kallanish energy reports. In August, Baghdad reported its highest oil production on

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Crude oil settles down as US Fed holds rates steady

Crude oil prices were little changed Wednesday after the U.S. Federal Reserve said the central bank will hold interest rates steady, Kallanish Energy reports. Brent crude futures were down 29 cents, or 0.47%, to $61.85 a barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled down 14 cents, or 0.3%, to $53.76/Bbl. Government data showed U.S. crude inventories fell

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Brent slips to 4-month low, as trade fears persist

Crude oil futures ended Monday’s trading session lower after unsettled trading, as Saudi comments indicated Opec+ would extend supply cuts supported prices, but concerns U.S. tariffs on China and Mexico would hurt demand weakened the market. Opec+, which includes most Opec members, along with a number of non-producers led by Russia, since Jan. 1, has

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Crude plunges nearly 4%

Crude oil prices plunged Thursday on a smaller-than-expected decline in U.S. crude inventories and fears of a global economic slowdown due to the U.S.-China trade war, Kallanish Energy understands. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported crude stockpiles fell nearly 300,000 barrels last week, less than the 900,000 Bbl decline analysts forecast in a Reuters poll, and

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Crude prices slip Friday, post weekly gains

Crude oil prices slipped Friday, but West Texas Intermediate and Brent both posted a weekly gain on rising concerns over more Middle East supply disruptions due to U.S.-Iran political tension, Kallanish Energy reports. A deputy head of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards said Friday Iran could “easily” hit U.S. warships in the Persian Gulf, the latest rhetoric

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US, Brent crudes rise on Middle East tensions

Crude oil prices jumped as much as 2% Thursday as tensions in the Middle East grew, with a Saudi-led coalition launching air strikes in retaliation for recent attacks on its oil infrastructure. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures settled 85 cents higher, at $62.87 per barrel, gaining 1.4% and closing at the highest level in two

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Oil plummets 1+%, as U.S.-China trade war intensifies

Crude oil prices dropped Tuesday as renewed doubts of a U.S.-China trade pact stoked concerns over global growth, while U.S. sanctions on Iran and Venezuela tightened supply and helped to curtail losses, Kallanish Energy reports. President Trump Sunday said he would raise tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese goods from 10-25% by Friday. The comments

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Opec is ‘likely to collapse,’ Iran’s oil minister warns

Iran’s oil minister last week warned Opec is “likely to collapse” because some members of the 14-nation group are working against their fellow producers, Kallanish Energy learns. It’s not hard to figure out the comments referred to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. When U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo first announced sanction waivers

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Crude rises Friday, falls for the week

Crude oil prices inched up Friday, as strong U.S. economic data boosted demand feelings, and as production drops in sanctions-hit Iran and Venezuela tightened the market, Kallanish Energy reports. Oil futures posted weekly declines on a jump in U.S. crude inventories reported recently. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures settled 13 cents higher, at $61.94 per

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Crude rises on Saudi export cuts and lower U.S. inventories

Crude oil prices were slightly higher Thursday, as a drop in crude exports from Saudi Arabia and a drawdown in U.S. oil inventories supported prices, Kallanish Energy reports. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures settled 24 cents higher at $64 per barrel. Brent crude futures rose 35 cents, or 0.5%, to $71.97/Bbl, near Wednesday’s five-month high of $72.27/Bbl.

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Oil markets tightening due to U.S. sanctions: IEA

Crude oil markets are tightening, the International Energy Agency said Thursday, Kallanish Energy reports. The agency warned, however, an “extraordinarily” wide range of views about the health of the global economy was making it difficult to forecast oil prices. It comes at a time when the energy industry is concerned surging U.S. crude inventories and an economic

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Crude prices fall as Russia suggests it will raise output

Crude oil prices fell Tuesday from five-month highs as Russian comments signaled the possible easing of the Opec+ supply-cutting deal overcame concern violence in Libya could tighten global markets, Kallanish Energy reports. A U.S. threat to place tariffs on hundreds of European goods and a downgrade by the International Monetary Fund in its global economic

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