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    1. December 23, 2014

      Opec: the year of cartelling dangerously

      “Oh, and one more thing — price of a brick is going up.” Baltimore druglord Marlo Stanfield delivers a strong signal to the...

    2. December 21, 2014

      Saudi Arabia and UAE blame oil rout on countries outside Opec

      Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Sunday blamed the oil price rout on producers outside Opec and reaffirmed their...

    1. December 19, 2014

      A falling oil price is good for the world economy

      Lower oil prices are not a good thing for Vladimir Putin, Russia’s president: that much is clear. But what about for...

    2. December 18, 2014

      Opec takes a big bet by holding output

      Robert Mabro, the veteran oil market observer, once said Opec should change its logo to a teabag “because it only works when...

    3. December 17, 2014

      Why Opec is increasingly irrelevant

      When the Saudis, the leaders of Opec, decided at the cartel’s recent meeting in Vienna to maintain their oil production...

    4. December 15, 2014

      Oil retreats despite Libyan troubles

      Oil retreated in afternoon trading back towards five and a half year lows after Libyan supply disruptions provided only a...

    5. December 11, 2014

      US oil price below $60 a barrel

      US crude closed below $60 a barrel for the first time in five and a half years, sliding amid new concerns consumption will...

    6. December 10, 2014

      Airlines on course for record profits fuelled by low oil prices

      The global airline industry will report record profits in 2015 as falling oil prices and economic growth push up earnings,...

    7. December 10, 2014

      Oil price falls below $65 for first time in 5 years

      The price of internationally traded oil fell below $65 for the first time in more than five years on Wednesday after Opec...

    8. December 9, 2014

      Oil prices: boom, bust and boom again

      The next few months are likely to be chaotic for the global energy industry. We expect investment in future capacity, both...

    9. December 3, 2014

      Cheaper oil’s knock-on effect on asset prices

      Some effects of cheaper oil are obvious. Energy stocks are as appealing as an oil slick on a beach, underperforming global...

    10. November 28, 2014

      After Opec: quantitative greasing

      FedEx shares? Yes. Venezuelan sovereign bonds? No. Back up the truck on an airline (so to speak)? Why not. Nigerian naira...

    11. November 28, 2014

      Prices, not Opec, to balance oil supply

      The energy minister of one of Opec’s largest producers gave a rare glimpse into the thinking of the influential Gulf nations...

    12. November 27, 2014

      Oil plunges as Opec tests the mettle of US shale industry

      Opec threw down the gauntlet to US shale oil producers by deciding not to cut its production, in a move that sent the oil...

    13. November 27, 2014

      Oil deal on supply cut seen unlikely

      The price of Brent crude fell as the chances of Opec members reaching agreement on output cuts in Thursday’s meeting looked...

    14. November 26, 2014

      Opec: the prisoner of Vienna

      Arthur C Clarke liked to say that any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. Well, any...

    15. November 26, 2014

      Opec Gulf members reach ‘consensus’

      Saudi Arabia – the leader of Opec and its largest producer – said it had “reached a consensus” with fellow Gulf producers...

    16. November 25, 2014

      Oil nations fail to halt fall in crude

      The price of oil fell by more than $1 a barrel after a meeting between some of the world’s largest oil-producing nations...

    17. November 23, 2014

      Oil markets: A new chapter for Opec?

      The top table: Six Opec power brokers At the last meeting of Opec nations Ali al-Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, dashed in...

    18. November 18, 2014

      No easy options for Opec over oil slide

      The tension has been palpable in the lead-up to next week’s Opec gathering in Vienna. As the oil price has languished at...

    19. November 14, 2014

      Russia braced for ‘catastrophic’ oil plunge

      President Vladimir Putin said Russia is bracing itself for a “catastrophic” slump in oil prices. as the world’s leading...

    20. November 12, 2014

      Analysts sceptical Opec will halt fall in oil prices

      Oil prices will continue to fall even if Opec countries agree to cut production later this month, according to one of the...

    21. November 7, 2014

      A timely reminder that markets can surprise

      So often in investment the unexpected comes along and changes the outlook. In recent weeks the oil price has fallen sharply....

    22. October 17, 2014

      Oil rallies sharply after near 4-year low

      After a torrid week that saw prices sink to their lowest level in nearly four years, crude oil recovered on Friday as...

    23. October 17, 2014

      How do oil producers balance their books?

      The prices at which the governments of oil-producing countries balance their budgets – known as fiscal break-even prices –...

    24. October 15, 2014

      US crude prices approach $80

      US oil prices approached $80 a barrel on Wednesday, as investors continued to fret about weakening demand and plentiful...

    25. October 14, 2014

      Saudi billionaire Alwaleed warns over impact of falling oil price

      A Saudi billionaire investor has sounded the alarm over the potential impact of falling oil prices on the Gulf kingdom’s...

    26. October 14, 2014

      IEA cuts oil demand forecast

      The price of oil tumbled nearly three dollars a barrel on Tuesday after the west’s energy watchdog cut its forecast for oil...

    27. October 10, 2014

      Oil hits multiyear lows on growth fears

      The overnight sell-off that dragged oil prices to the lowest point in almost four years continued on Friday with Brent crude...

    28. September 26, 2014

      Iran urges Opec to halt oil price slide

      Iran’s oil minister called on Opec nations to work together to prevent a further slide in crude prices, highlighting the...

    29. September 17, 2014

      Oil slips on scepticism over Opec cuts

      Oil prices eased as traders paused to consider recent news from Opec and Libya as well as official data that showed a larger...

    30. September 10, 2014

      Saudi Arabia cuts oil output in August

      Saudi Arabian oil output fell 400,000 barrels a day in August according to a report issued by Opec that coincided with...

    31. June 17, 2014

      IEA warns on Opec oil production risks

      The sectarian strife in Iraq has put growth of Opec crude oil production capacity over the next five years at risk,...

    32. June 11, 2014

      Opec prepared to ‘take steps’ on supply

      Opec has left its output target of 30m barrels a day unchanged, but the oil-producing cartel said it was prepared to “take...

    33. June 11, 2014

      Iraq strikes defiant tone on oil output

      Iraq’s oil minister struck a defiant tone at Wednesday’s meeting of Opec, where the oil-producing cartel left its output...

    34. June 11, 2014

      Prospect of Iran’s return poses problem for Opec

      In the days before an Opec meeting the financial press pack descends on Vienna. The media fan out across the city hoping to...

    35. June 5, 2014

      Opec focus switches to supply challenge

      When Opec last met six months ago the discussion in and around its secretariat building in central Vienna centred on how the...

    36. May 15, 2014

      IEA says Opec oil supply could fall short

      Opec, the oil-producing cartel, will need to increase production significantly in the second half of the year in order to...

    37. January 28, 2014

      Iraq eyes return to Opec quota system

      Iraq has for the first time begun preparing for a return to the Opec production quota system, in a shift of policy that...

    38. January 1, 2014

      Opec supply risk divides oil strategists

      For a third year, international oil prices have gone nowhere. Brent, the global marker, has averaged more than $108 a barrel...

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