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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Crude hits 5-month high, as fighting threatens Libyan output

Crude oil prices rose to a five-month high Monday, on expectations for tighter global supply due to fighting in Libya, Opec+-led cuts and U.S. sanctions against Iran and Venezuela. International benchmark Brent futures were up 69 cents, or 1%, to $71.03 per barrel. U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude settled up 2.1%, at $64.40/Bbl, and hit its highest level since

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Brent crude tops $70 for first time since November

Brent crude oil prices Thursday pushed through $70 per barrel for the first time in nearly five months, as expectations of tight global supply outweighed pressure from rising U.S. production and lower global demand, Kallanish Energy reports. Brent futures touched $70.03/Bbl, the highest level since Nov. 12, when it last traded above $70/Bbl. The international benchmark for

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Crude jumps more than 2%, to new 2019 highs Monday

Crude oil jumped more than 2%, to new 2019 highs Monday, with Brent crude touching $69 a barrel, after positive signs for the global economy and tighter supplies powered West Texas Intermediate and Brent prices. U.S. WTI futures settled up $1.45, or 2.4%, to $61.59/Bbl, after reaching their highest price in nearly five months, at $61.72/Bbl,

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WTI, Brent crudes shrug off Trump’s Opec tweet

Oil prices settled roughly flat Thursday, recovering from the day’s worst losses that came shortly after President Trump called for Opec to boost crude production to lower prices. “Very important that OPEC increase the flow of Oil. World Markets are fragile, price of Oil getting too high. Thank you!” Trump tweeted. Futures hit a session low immediately

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