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  1. July 18, 2014

    Prepay deals in question after Rosneft sanctions

    When Rosneft signed a $10bn oil-backed financing agreement with Glencore and Vitol in March 2013 the chairman of the Russian...

  2. June 16, 2014

    CFTC moves to curb speculators face revision

    A long-running effort to constrain speculation in commodities markets could face another round of revision. Almost five...

  1. June 9, 2014

    Morgan Stanley sells oil distributor TransMontaigne

    Morgan Stanley has further pruned its commodities trading division with the sale of petroleum distributor TransMontaigne to...

  2. May 15, 2014

    Brent oil benchmark is safe – for now

    When Ian Taylor, the head of Vitol, the world’s biggest independent oil trader, called in March for immediate and...

  3. May 7, 2014

    Vitol posts lowest profits in a decade

    Annual profits at Vitol fell to the lowest level in decade last year as the world’s biggest independent oil trader grappled...

  4. April 30, 2014

    Rosneft adds $20bn safety net to balance sheet

    Rosneft has accumulated a $20bn “safety net” of cash on its balance sheet in order to reduce its dependence on international...

  5. April 24, 2014

    Investors starting to look at commodities again

    After several tough years, investors are once again starting to warm to commodities. That is the view of one of the sector’s...

  6. April 2, 2014

    Supply problems set to keep oil price stable

    The head of the world’s biggest independent oil trader has predicted a fourth year of stable oil prices, saying supply...

  7. March 31, 2014

    Banks’ retreat empowers commodity trading houses

    Over the past decade, the world’s largest banks have with little fanfare become immersed in a business far removed from...

  8. March 24, 2014

    Trafigura’s co-founder to step down

    Claude Dauphin, is to step down from the day-to-day running of Trafigura, the commodities trading house, passing the baton...

  9. March 24, 2014

    Vitol flags tough markets while rival Trafigura appoints new chief

    Vitol, the world’s biggest oil trader, has flagged “very challenging” market conditions as it reported annual results, while...

  10. March 3, 2014

    Vitol in talks to lend Rosneft $2bn more

    Vitol, the world’s largest oil trader, is in discussions to extend an additional $2bn in financing to Rosneft, giving the...

  11. February 21, 2014

    Vitol buys Shell’s Australian downstream assets for $2.6bn

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trader, has closed its largest acquisition, spending A$2.9bn ($2.6bn) to buy an...

  12. February 17, 2014

    Call for Brent benchmark reform

    The head of the world’s biggest oil trading company has called for immediate and far-reaching reform of Brent, the oil...

  13. November 28, 2013

    King Coal leaps back to life as prices rally

    King Coal has lost its crown. Since prices spiked in the wake of the Australian floods of 2010 it has been all one way for...

  14. November 27, 2013

    Commodity traders eye Nigerian oil deals

    Commodity traders Glencore, Vitol and Mercuria have separately joined with local Nigerian companies bidding for oilfields...

  15. October 16, 2013

    US oil refiner exports hit Europe rivals

    America’s refiners are exporting a shale revolution. And, in doing so, they are about to transform oil trading and the...

  16. August 21, 2013

    Singapore bank expands Indonesian links to Jakarta

    United Overseas Bank, one of Singapore’s three largest banks by assets, on Wednesday unveiled a new “advisory unit” in...

  17. July 9, 2013

    Call for greater trading house scrutiny

    The growing importance of commodity trading houses to the global economy means that they should be subject to greater...

  18. June 26, 2013

    ‘King of oil’ who became a target for US

    Marc Rich, who died on Wednesday, aged 78, was one of the most controversial business figures of the late 20th century. He...

  19. June 25, 2013

    Trafigura’s Russian oil ambitions

    Trafigura, the oil and metals trading house, is trying to break into the massive Russian oil sector, a territory long...

  20. June 21, 2013

    Russia and China agree $270bn oil deal

    Rosneft has signed a deal to supply China with $270bn worth of oil over the next 25 years, as Russia looks to boost ties...

  21. June 21, 2013

    Commodities traders need to wake up to key-man risk

    The leadership changes in Louis Dreyfus Commodities and Bunge are a good reminder that chief executives do not stay forever...

  22. June 9, 2013

    Worry over scarcer credits propels US carbon market RGGI

    A pioneer US carbon market is climbing after an intervention meant to grapple with a surplus of credits that has also dogged...

  23. May 24, 2013

    Oil groups hit by US class action on benchmark manipulation

    BP, Royal Dutch Shell and Statoil have been named in the first lawsuit to be filed after a European Commission antitrust...

  24. May 22, 2013

    Commodities traders acquire power stations

    The Swiss-based commodities traders are expanding into assets, buying or leasing anything from refineries to pipelines and...

  25. May 20, 2013

    Oil inquiry widens to trading houses

    The European Commission investigation into the possible manipulation of energy price benchmarks has widened, with Brussels...

  26. May 12, 2013

    Report on commodity trading backfires

    Commodity trading houses are not “too big to fail”, says a report commissioned by the banking industry’s top lobby group,...

  27. May 9, 2013

    US targets commodities and corruption

    Archer Daniels Midland is the first commodities trading house to be enmeshed in the US anti-bribery law. It may not be the...

  28. May 3, 2013

    Germany’s Eon relaunches in-house commodities trading arm

    Eon, the largest German utility by sales, is relaunching its in-house trading business, aiming to build a global presence at...

  29. April 15, 2013

    Shell considers sale of Italian unit

    Royal Dutch Shell is considering the sale of some of its downstream business in Italy, part of a broader retreat by the oil...

  30. April 14, 2013

    Trafigura adds Lord Strathclyde to board

    Trafigura, a leading commodity trader, has appointed one of the UK Conservative party’s most senior figures to its board as...

  31. April 14, 2013

    Commodities: Tougher times for trading titans

    If you want to raise $10bn quickly, you need to know who to call. When Igor Sechin, chairman of Rosneft, decided to buy...

  32. April 2, 2013

    Vitol expands into grains trading

    Vitol, the world’s largest independent oil trading house, has announced an expansion into grains trading with the hire of a...

  33. March 27, 2013

    Swiss review supports commodities trading

    The Swiss government has publicly acknowledged the importance of its commodities trading industry for the country’s economy...

  34. March 26, 2013

    Swiss ties to trading houses under strain

    “Swiss-based” has for decades been a catch-all description for the world’s most powerful commodities traders. The cities of...

  35. March 26, 2013

    Commodities trading rule calls rejected

    Switzerland has sought to ­protect its central role in the commodities trading industry, rejecting calls for stringent...

  36. March 20, 2013

    Bowleven to develop Cameroon gasfield

    Bowleven, the west Africa-focused oil and gas explorer, said it was poised to push ahead with gasfield development after...

  37. March 7, 2013

    Rosneft seals $10bn deal with oil traders

    Rosneft has closed a $10bn financing deal with oil traders Glencore and Vitol, bringing the “largest acquisition in history”...

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    March 5, 2013

    Record highs and commodity writedowns

    On the day the Dow is expected to open at a record high, the hottest M&A story of the year — Glencore and Xstrata — brings...

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