Category: Crude oil

Report: Cheap crude prices could boost the U.S. economy for another two years

Just three months ago, the group forecast that oil would spike to $85 per barrel by December 2015; now it expects prices below $70 until 2016.  More »

A Houston oil company’s foiled Venezuelan sale is prompting reorganization talk

The company’s stock was down slightly less than a cent in trading Monday — 0.008 or 1.67 percent — to $0.448.  More »

U.S. crude production sets record in 2014

The shale boom in 2014 fueled the most dramatic rise in U.S. oil production since the government began keeping records more than a century ago.  More »

Iran riches coveted by Big Oil after decades of conflict

As Iran and the U.S. enter 11th-hour negotiations to reach a nuclear deal and ease sanctions, the Middle Eastern country is emerging again as a potential prize for Western oil companies  More »

Saudi Aramco signs $10 billion loan as oil companies raise funds

Saudi Aramco, the world’s biggest oil exporter, is the latest oil company in the region to take advantage of low borrowing costs to raise funds.  More »

Blackstone CEO sees ‘remarkable’ opportunities in slumping oil

Most of Blackstone’s energy investments aren’t in oil, meaning its exposure to lower oil prices is limited, CEO Stephen Schwarzman said.  More »

Cash-strapped oil firms top Moody’s watch list

In the first quarter, a dozen oil companies including Energy XXI’s operating unit, Midstates Petroleum Co. and Halcón Resources Corp. tumbled into credit-rating territory reserved for the most financially unfit firms, according to Moody’s Investors Service.  More »

Low oil prices force 2 Oklahoma companies to cut jobs

Samson Resource Co. produced oil and liquids after primarily being a natural gas driller. The company reported a net loss of $1.6 billion for its third fiscal quarter in 2014. The company’s layoffs are effective immediately.  More »

Oil rigs fall by lowest number since December

Total rigs drilling for both oil and natural gas fell by 21 to 1,048, with gas rigs down 9 to 233, and miscellaneous rigs unchanged at 2.  More »

Commentary: Geopolitics and oil prices — between a rock and a hard place

Voices blogger Amy Myers Jaffe writes on how oil traders that appear to be hedging themselves against a possible deal between the West and Iran on the nuclear question miss the increasingly complex forces at play today in oil geopolitics.  More »

ConocoPhillips hires Scotiabank to sell some Canadian assets

Details on the sale from the Houston-based company will be provided in the second quarter, according to Scotiabank.  More »

Chevron seeks over $3.6 billion for Caltex Australia stake

The deal is the largest block trade ever in Australia, exceeding Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s sale of Woodside Petroleum Ltd. shares in 2010 for about A$3.3 billion.  More »

Report: Drilling activity could rebound as service costs fall

The number of wells will fall this year, but drilling should recover by next year as oil companies “seize their chance to drill at lower cost,” the report notes.  More »

Yemen bombing spurs gains in almost all commodities as oil jumps

Saudi Arabia led a coalition of Sunni allies, including United Arab Emirates, Kuwait, Bahrain and Qatar, in air strikes in Yemen against Shiite rebels.  More »

Shell cuts staff numbers in North Sea operations

The price of Brent crude, an international variety of oil, dropped about 50 percent last year and the industry is scrambling to figure out how to address the price shock.  More »