Category: Crude oil

Iran vows to guard oil-market share as OPEC to review output

Iran’s crude output has languished under international economic sanctions that deter foreign energy investors and limit its exports to approximately 1 million barrels a day.  More »

Confused OPEC watchers are more divided than ever

To understand just how contentious next week’s OPEC meeting will be, take a look at the confusion it’s created among professionals paid to predict the outcome.  More »

Russian FM rejects intervention in oil production

Sergei Lavrov said both Russia and Saudi Arabia did not want oil production targets to be affected by “political or geopolitical designs.”  More »

Oil price has its first gain in four days

WTI for January delivery, the most-actively traded, rose $1.35, or 1.8 percent, to $75.85 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.  More »

Apache sells assets in Texas, Oklahoma, Louisiana for $1.4 billion

Apache Corp. has agreed to sell assets in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana in two deals worth $1.4 billion, the exploration and production company announced Thursday morning ahead of a presentation to analysts.  More »

Commentary: The shakeout in US shale

My favorite quote by H.L. Mencken is ‘a cynic is a man who, when he smells flowers, looks around for a coffin‘. A bit morose, I know, but this appeals to the contrarian in me. My second favorite is überly-applicable to US shale oil break-evens: ‘For every complex problem there is an answer that is […]  More »

Transocean idles three more rigs, stock falls

Transocean’s fleet of deep-water drilling machines has been under pricing pressure and has faced lower demand amid falling oil prices and a glut in equipment.  More »

Oil falls as investors speculate on OPEC production cut

“There’s an established bearish trend and nothing out there to stand in the way of a further move lower,” Tim Evans, an energy analyst at Citi Futures Perspective.  More »

Study: Houston economy can withstand low oil prices

The Texas and Houston economies can both handle significant declines in crude oil prices, according to a new report from financial services firm BBVA Compass.  More »

Iraq’s biggest oil plant to reopen after militants ousted

Iraqi troops will expel the militants from areas near a pipeline supplying the refinery 130 miles north of Baghdad.  More »

Goldman says OPEC in dilemma as output cut seen helping U.S.

While the slide in prices into a bear market increases the chances of a reduction, trimming output by more than 500,000 barrels a day would mean further cuts are needed starting 2016 as higher prices prompt more U.S. drilling.  More »

Oil slide prompts Iran’s oil minister to visit UAE

OPEC producers have stepped up their diplomatic visits before the group’s meeting in Vienna, potentially seeking a consensus on how to react to oil prices at a four-year low.  More »

U.S. drillers shift oil rigs to tap most reliable fields

The oil-rig count has fallen from a peak of 1,609 on Oct. 10 as companies slow drilling in response to a 26 percent slide in crude prices over the past four months.  More »

Iraq wants tanker dispute to stay in U.S.

Iraq wants an international dispute over a tanker of crude floating for three months off Galveston’s coast to remain in U.S. courts because Kurdistan refuses to resolve the matter on Iraqi soil, according to recent court filings.  More »

Microsoft passes Exxon as 2nd most valuable co.

Exxon’s shares have been falling recently, along with the price of oil.  More »
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