Oil

Oil Surges Toward $85 A Barrel

By Jason Simpkins Staff Writer Crude oil spiked to a new all-time intra-day high of $82.51 a barrel – finally closing at a record $81.93 a barrel, up 42 cents – on the New York Mercantile Exchange yesterday (Wednesday), thanks to continued concerns over refinery outages and after a U.S. Energy Department report showed a […]

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Global Business Roundup: BoE Injects $20B, Steel Prices Surge, Arcelor on the Prowl, Mitsubishi Plugs Into Russia, H-P is Taken With Taiwan, Hyundai Eyes China, and More

In other top business and financial stories from around the world: The Bank of England said yesterday (Wednesday) that it would inject  $20 billion into the long-term money markets next week because of the ongoing worldwide credit crunch. The British central bank is addressing liquidity issues in the so-called “Interbank” market – where commercial banks […]

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EU Presses for More Energy Control

By Jason SimpkinsStaff Writer The European Commission yesterday (Wednesday) introduced a plan calling for a massive restructuring of power grids throughout the continent.  The plan was designed to reduce the region’s vulnerability to the massive energy companies that control the production and transmission of gas and electricity. Currently, large energy companies monopolize energy production and […]

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The New Cold War: How Russia Has Turned Its Energy Exports Into Weapons of Diplomacy

By Jason Simpkins Last week, (July 20) Chevron Corp. said it would challenge a $290 million back tax claim issued against the Caspian Pipeline Consortium by Russia’s Federal Tax Service.  This is yet another attempt by President Vladimir Putin to seize control over all aspects of energy production and transportation within Russia. The Caspian Pipeline […]

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Crude Oil Over $80 a Barrel

By Jason Simpkins Staff Writer  October crude oil closed at $80.09 a barrel yesterday (Thursday) – the first close above $80 for a New York Mercantile Exchange futures contract. Money Morning projected $80-a-barrel oil at the beginning of August [To read our investment-analysis article, “Is Crude Oil on a Flight to $80 Barrel?” click here]. […]

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U.S. Stocks Soar Tuesday, Gold and Oil Prices Jump, but Trading Abroad is a Mixed Bag

From Staff Reports Stock prices soared yesterday (Tuesday), aided by some strong earnings reports and a growing belief that U.S. Federal Reserve policymakers will cut short-term interest rates at their Sept. 18 meeting. Oil prices hit a fresh record yesterday. West Texas Intermediate crude (October) gained 76 cents a barrel to close at $78.25 a […]

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China's Crude Oil Imports Surge to Record High

By Jason Simpkins China’s crude oil imports climbed 39% to a record high last month, and Saudi Arabia was the nation’s largest supplier. China’s oil imports have more than tripled in the last five years, and that amount is only going to increase as the world’s second-largest energy consumer tries to keep pace with its growing […]

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Belarus Assuages EU Fears; Agrees To Pay Part of Gazprom Debt

By Jason Simpkins Belarus eased some of the tensions with Russian oil-and-gas giant, Gazprom, Friday, by paying off part of its debt. Belarus has reportedly paid $190 million of its $456 million dept to Gazprom. The deal was a source of major relief throughout the European Union. The Gazprom-Belarus disagreement started over a supply contract negotiated […]

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Total and Imperial Oil Companies Report Decline In Profit, While Shell Sells Assets

By Jason Simpkins Two international oil companies yesterday (Thursday) reported a drop in second-quarter profits, while a third announced it was selling assets. French energy company Total (NYSE: TOT) reported a slight drop in second quarter profits. Net income fell to $4.66 billion, a 1% decline from the $4.7 billion taken in a year ago. Shares of […]

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Is Crude Oil on a Flight to $80 a Barrel?

By Jason Simpkins It appears that rising oil prices will remain a solid bet for investors – at least for the near future. Crude at $80 a barrel may be a reality sooner than we think. Amid swirling concerns about oil supplies, crude oil futures closed at a record $78.21 a barrel on the New […]

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