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OPEC chief says Iran still 'very important' as US sanctions loom

Fujairah - The head of OPEC said Tuesday that Iran remains "a very important member" of the oil cartel, as Tehran braces for a new round of US sanctions partially targeting its crude exports."Iran is a very important member of OPEC...

Canadian oil sands outage shakes up global oil prices

Alberta - All eyes were on Vienna last week as OPEC leaders met to discuss a production cut deal - But according to Goldman Sachs, the real action was in Canada's oil sands. Syncrude Canada announced it would be offline for all of July due to a power outage.

Defusing row, OPEC agrees to output rise

Vienna - OPEC energy ministers on Friday said they would be putting more oil onto the market to meet "extra demand", reaching a last-ditch compromise in a spat that pitted Saudi Arabia against archfoe Iran.

OPEC inches towards oil output deal ahead of key meeting

Vienna - OPEC energy ministers expressed optimism Thursday they were nearing a compromise on oil output policy, with Saudi Arabia acknowledging that a big production hike would be "politically unacceptable" to archfoe Iran, and Iran saying that it was "ready fo...

Saudi, Iran face off ahead of tense OPEC meet

Vienna - Saudi Arabia insisted Wednesday it would do "whatever is needed" to avoid oil supply shortages, setting the stage for a showdown with archfoe Iran ahead of crunch OPEC talks on easing a production-cut pact.

Russia, Saudi seek raised OPEC output of 1.5 million bpd

Moscow - Russia and Saudi Arabia will ask OPEC to hike production by 1.5 million barrels a day in the third quarter of 2018, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said on Saturday.

All eyes on OPEC as Trump gripes over prices

New York - Just nine days before a big OPEC meeting, US President Donald Trump joined the oil-market fray Tuesday, blaming the group for high prices."Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!" the US president said on Twitter.

Trump accuses OPEC of driving up oil prices

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Wednesday accused the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries of driving up oil prices, in a fresh swipe at the cartel's agreement to cap production."Oil prices are too high, OPEC is at it again. Not good!

Saudis see oil price on rise as Trump blasts OPEC

Jeddah - Saudi Energy Minister Khaled al-Faleh said Friday the global market has the capacity to absorb higher oil prices, drawing a swift reaction from US President Donald Trump who accused OPEC of inflating prices.

Trump says high oil prices 'will not be accepted'

Washington - US President Donald Trump criticized the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Friday for what he said were artificially high oil prices, adding they "will not be accepted.

OPEC acknowledges supply cuts didn't work

The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) for the first time, is forecasting that new oil supplies from its rivals will exceed growth in demand this year as the U.S. industry thrives.

U.S. oil exports step up a notch as domestic production soars

The number of barrels of U.S. oil exports heading for international markets is growing, despite OPEC's efforts to drain inventories and support oil prices. On Monday, a supertanker left Louisiana laden with oil for China.

Saudi Arabia seeks to further reduce oil stockpiles

Riyadh - Saudi Arabia said Wednesday it will further trim oil production and exports next month to reduce excess stockpiles that have weighed on crude prices, as concerns mount over US oversupply.

Crude oil expected to exceed global demand in 2018

Paris-based IEA raised its forecast for oil demand growth in 2018 to 1.4 million barrels per day, from a previous projection of 1.3 million bpd, after the International Monetary Fund upped its estimate of global economic growth for this year and next.

Saudi Arabia calls for oil producers to extend cooperation

Muscat - Top oil exporter Saudi Arabia called Sunday for extending cooperation between OPEC and non-OPEC producers beyond 2018, after a deal to cut output succeeded in shoring up prices.

Oil hovers near $70 highs while U.S. and Canada output increases

Oil prices started the week just below $70 on Monday, pressured by a rising U.S. rig count, even as the price of crude continues to hover near record three-year highs.

Oil hits highest prices since mid-2015, then dips

Both Brent Crude and West Texas Intermediate (WTI) started trading in 2018 above US$60 a barrel for the first time since January 2014, before prices collapsed.

OPEC committee recommends oil deal extension

Vienna - A joint committee of oil producers inside and outside OPEC has recommended that a deal curbing output be extended, Russia's energy minister said ahead of a key meeting in Vienna on Thursday.

Op-Ed: OPEC's issues being worsened by technology and electric vehicles

The turmoil being seen in the oil and gas industry, along with the surge in technologies behind the electric vehicle, wind and solar industries are about to butt heads in a showdown that will eventually lead to the demise of OPEC.

As crude prices falter, is Big Oil worried about price cuts?

Oil prices were looking up at the start of 2017, with crude hitting a high of $58 a barrel in January after dropping to $27 in 2016. But oil prices have started to flounder again, and the big oil companies are preparing to do some more belt-tightening.

Tech and Wall Street team up with U.S. shale oil companies

Continued worries over a global oversupply have knocked about 10 percent off U.S. crude futures this year, even though a deal had been reached with OPEC to curb production. But that hasn't stopped U.S. shale firms from pumping even more oil.

U.S. shale goes into overdrive as funds pull back from Permian

Production rose again in the Permian Basin in May this year. And while not a surprise, some investors are pulling away from the boom, fearful that shale will become a victim of its own success.

Trump priority: Opening Alaska's Arctic Refuge to oil drilling

Washington - The White House budget will be delivered to Congress on Tuesday, and as part of President Trump's plans to help balance the federal budget is a proposal to open the coastal plain (Area 1002) of Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil drilling.

OPEC and U.S. shale oil producers set to talk

Vienna - After a bruising recent fight, now ended, in which Saudi Arabia pumped more and more oil to drive shale producers out of business, US oil shale bankers came to Vienna this week and top OPEC oil officials are planning a trip to Texas.

OPEC oil squeeze to remain, but will it lift prices?

Vienna - Oil producers within and outside OPEC are expected Thursday to extend a deal cutting output aimed at lifting the price of crude, but US rivals could spoil the party.

Trump's planned sell-off of some oil reserves roils oil markets

Washington - The Trump plan to sell off half of the US strategic oil reserve was a surprise move and goes counter to OPEC's attempts to limit supply and boost prices.

World oil glut may force OPEC to prolong curbs until 2018

When OPEC announced its first oil production cut in eight years in January, oil traders around the world began emptying their storage tanks of millions of barrels of crude, flooding the market. But, the expected end to the world oil glut is not happening.

Oil prices fall amid slower demand and high U.S. output

Oil prices are still sluggish, actually losing ground this week because of continuing concerns over slowing demand and the rise in U.S. oil output. Investors have just about lost faith in OPEC's ability to re-balance the market.

World oil market 'close to balance' despite OPEC cuts: IEA

Paris - Supply and demand in the oil market are close to matching up, the IEA said Thursday, as landmark OPEC-led production cuts are mitigated by rising US supply and slipping worldwide demand growth.

OPEC detects 'high compliance' with oil cut deal

Paris - OPEC said Tuesday oil producers have kept their promise to cut output in accordance with a landmark deal designed to lift petroleum prices.
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Oil pices at close of trading on March 14  2018.
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