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  • Guyana reports slight drop in deforestation rate Associated Press - 13 hours ago

    GEORGETOWN, Guyana (AP) — Guyana's environment ministry says the country saw less deforestation in 2013 thanks to a decrease in gold mining activity.

  • As Wall Street watches Alibaba, stocks drift Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:18 PM EDT
    FILE - This Aug. 9, 2011 file photo shows a Wall Street street sign near the New York Stock Exchange, in New York. The British pound jumped and world stock benchmarks rose Friday Sept. 19, 2014 as Scotland voted to stay part of the United Kingdom, avoiding a messy breakup that could have roiled financial markets.   (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

    NEW YORK (AP) — With Wall Street focused on the debut of Alibaba Group, the stock market drifted into the weekend and major indexes ended little changed.

  • Must-know: A breakdown of Alaska Airlines’ fuel cost Market Realist - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Aircraft jet fuel is produced by refining crude oil. As a result, fluctuations in crude oil prices and refining margins have a significant impact on airline profitability. Alaska reported that a 1% change ...

  • US liquids’ volumes are increasing due to natural gas producers Market Realist - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    Natural gas liquids (or NGLs) are hydrocarbons. They're produced when "wet natural gas"—mainly methane and condensable heavier hydrocarbons—is processed in natural gas plants. NGLs mainly include ...

  • Exxon winds down Russian Arctic drilling campaign @ Financial Times - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 2:08 PM EDT

    ExxonMobil, the US oil company, is winding down its drilling campaign in the Russian Arctic, making it the biggest corporate casualty of sanctions announced by the US and EU this month, by putting its ...

  • Exxon to wind down Russian drilling project Associated Press - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 1:55 PM EDT

    NEW YORK (AP) — Exxon Mobil said Friday that it will wind down a drilling project in Russia in compliance with U.S. sanctions, but said it received a license to keep working beyond the sanctions' deadline in order to complete the work.

  • GBP/USD: Pandora's Box Remained Closed. Benzinga - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 12:48 PM EDT

    GROWTHACES.COM Trading Positions: EUR/USD: long at 1.2920, target 1.3100, stop-loss 1.2830 EUR/CHF: long at 1.2085, target 1.2160, stop-loss 1.2045   EUR/USD: Draghi's speech on Monday of key importance ...

  • Oil industry welcomes Scottish No vote @ Financial Times - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 8:33 AM EDT

    The oil and gas industry welcomed the No vote in the Scottish referendum but was quick to point out the challenges facing the North Sea and its dwindling reserves. Ben van Beurden, chief executive of Royal ...

  • Crude Set To End The Week Below $98 Benzinga - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 7:51 AM EDT

    Brent crude oil was set to finish the week below $98 as a supply glut and a stronger dollar both weighed on prices. The commodity traded at $97.58 at 9:30 GMT while investors kept a close eye on OPEC as ...

  • Canada’s Shale Boom: More to Come in Montney 24/7 Wall St. - Fri, Sep 19, 2014 6:05 AM EDT

    In the world of a constantly changing oil and gas environment, the Montney shale basin is the sleeping giant.

  • Review: Pump Documentary Takes on U.S. Oil Addiction @ BusinessWeek - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 3:47 PM EDT

    A documentary about ethanol and America's oil addiction manages not to be a snooze

  • Why the EIA lowered its crude oil and product price estimates Market Realist - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 2:28 PM EDT

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA) released its September Short-Term Energy Outlook (or STEO) for the full year 2014. It expects West Texas Intermediate (or WTI) crude to average $97.01 ...

  • With China Coal Ban, Has Australia's Luck Run Out? @ BusinessWeek - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 11:42 AM EDT

    A new regulation from China bans the use of coal with high ash and sulfur content. The ban has sparked a debate in Australia on the best way to preserve exports to its No. 1 trading partner

  • Bridgestone Starts Producing Its Own Rubber in the U.S. @ BusinessWeek - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:52 AM EDT

    Almost all the world's rubber comes from one kind of plant, and that makes tire companies (and others) nervous

  • Why aluminum companies don’t see much threat from China Market Realist - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    China's metal consumption grew rapidly at the turn of this century. Its demand has grown at a rate of 16% since 2000. The growth in global consumption over this period has only been 1%. Even though China ...

  • Brent Remains Below $100 On Oversupply Benzinga - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 7:45 AM EDT

    Brent crude oil remained below $99 on Thursday morning after the dollar gained momentum on Wednesday following the Federal Reserve’s policy meeting. The commodity traded at $98.88 at 10:40 GMT on Thursday ...

  • Dollar jumps as traders absorb Fed update @ Financial Times - Thu, Sep 18, 2014 5:38 AM EDT

    Thursday 10:35 BST. The US dollar is stronger, Treasury prices weaker, while US and European equity benchmarks are firmer as investors absorb the Federal Reserve's latest policy update. Sterling is up ...

  • Cheap Oil and Expensive Oil Tankers: This Is Contango @ BusinessWeek - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 1:15 PM EDT

    Oil traders are rushing to find places to store their cheap crude, from South Africa to Asia

  • Must-know: Aluminum prices rise after hitting a 4-year low Market Realist - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    Aluminum prices have been on a downturn over the past few quarters. The prices fell to a four-year low this year. The fall occurred at the beginning of the year. It was caused by concerns about a ruling ...

  • Gasoline prices forecast to drop to four-year lows this fall @ Los Angeles Times - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:59 AM EDT

    Motorists have something to look forward to this fall: the lowest gas prices in four years.

  • Return of the $3 Gallon? U.S Gas Prices Are Falling Fast @ BusinessWeek - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 11:24 AM EDT

    Here's why gasoline prices—now at $3.38 on average—have been dropping

  • Brent Makes Modest Gain Amid OPEC Speculation Benzinga - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:58 AM EDT

    Brent crude oil made its way higher on Wednesday as investors became more cautious about the outcome of the Fed meeting, and many began to speculate that OPEC will cut its output in the face of falling ...

  • [$$] This Tire Maker's Stock Is Set to Gain Traction @ Barrons.com - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 7:41 AM EDT

    Earlier this year, Titan appointed former CFO Paul Reitz as president and named John Hrudicka, an experienced manufacturing executive, as CFO. Activist investor, MHR Fund Management, run by Mark Rachesky, has also accumulated a 14% stake, and in June, Rachesky was given a board seat.

  • China Bans Low-Grade Coal, Cuts Wind Power Price @ Barrons.com - Wed, Sep 17, 2014 6:44 AM EDT

    Choking in smog, China is trying hard to move away from dirty coal and into clean energy. Beijing announced on Monday that, starting next year, it would ban the burning of coal with ash content of more ...

  • US senator to ask Congress to suspend coal sales Associated Press - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 7:50 PM EDT

    BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A U.S. senator said Tuesday he will ask fellow lawmakers to halt coal sales on federal lands in the West after a senior Obama administration official declined to suspend the troubled government program.

  • Must-know: Why WTI crude oil prices fell to an 8-month low Market Realist - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 5:00 PM EDT

    WTI prices fell to an eight-month low of $91.67 per barrel on Wednesday. This was 1% lower than the price at the previous day’s market close.

  • Jindal: Obama hasn't done enough to harness energy Associated Press - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 4:29 PM EDT

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said Tuesday that President Barack Obama's administration has become "science deniers," failing to do enough to harness the nation's energy potential.

  • Why aluminum stocks are important for your portfolio Market Realist - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 3:31 PM EDT

    The aluminum sector has been one of the best performing sectors this year. It has delivered more than a 33% return. This return overshadows the returns generated by the broader equity markets. Alcoa Inc. ...

  • Petropavlovsk plans rights issue as part of refinancing @ Financial Times - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:53 PM EDT

    Petropavlovsk has outlined plans for a rights issue as part of a debt refinancing package aimed at satisfying creditor banks as well as holders of $310m of bonds due next year. The indebted UK miner of ...

  • Miners union digs deep to secure one of last underground pits @ Financial Times - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:41 PM EDT

    The National Union of Mineworkers has stepped in as a lender to the coal industry, committing £4m to Hatfield Colliery to try to secure the future of one of Britain's last underground mines. The South ...

  • Point72 Asset Management increases its stake in Whiting Petroleum Market Realist - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    Point72 Asset Management, previously SAC Capital, added to its position in Whiting Petroleum (WLL) in 2Q14. The position accounts for 1.51% of the fund's 2Q portfolio, up from 0.93% in 1Q14.

  • Must-know: India’s coal industry Market Realist - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    At the end of 2013, India's coal sector was 60.6 billion tons. India has the fifth largest coal reserves in the world. However, India's coal quality is low. It has a high ash content. The majority of India's ...

  • Cushing inventories rise as refineries lower crude oil demand Market Realist - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 1:00 PM EDT

    Crude stocks at Cushing, Oklahoma, rose by 78,000 barrels in the week ended September 5. Cushing, Oklahoma, is an important hub where West Texas Intermediate (or WTI) crude oil is priced.

  • Brent Prices Below $98 On Poor Economic Data Benzinga - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 8:07 AM EDT

    With all eyes on the Federal Reserve this week, oil prices remained soft on weaker global demand and rising supply. Brent crude oil traded at $97.52 at 10:45 GMT after falling to a 26-month low on Monday. ...

  • Why China’s Insatiable Appetite for Coal Has Likely Peaked @ 24/7 Wall St. - Tue, Sep 16, 2014 6:05 AM EDT

    A recent report from Greenpeace found that China's coal consumption declined in the first half of this year .

  • Former Amaranth star fined over gas trades @ Financial Times - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 8:23 PM EDT

    Brian Hunter, the natural gas trader whose large bets helped precipitate the $6bn collapse of Amaranth, the hedge fund, has agreed to pay $750,000 to settle attempted market manipulation charges. Amaranth's ...

  • Futures look rosy as Asian banks fill gaps in the derivatives market @ Financial Times - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 7:07 PM EDT

    At UOB Plaza, a public space at the headquarters of Singapore's United Overseas Bank, trading screens were displayed last month promoting the ability of the bank's bullion and futures division to offer ...

  • Study: Faulty gas wells, not fracking, pollute water @ USA TODAY - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 4:15 PM EDT

    Study: Faulty wells, not fracking, is main cause of tainted water from shale gas extraction.

  • Ivan Glasenberg ponders Glencore's next move @ Financial Times - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 12:11 PM EDT

    Glencore's next move Ivan Glasenberg, the chief executive of Glencore, demonstrated in a 48-hour period this year why the Switzerland-based group occupies a singular place among the world's biggest mining ...

  • Factory output drops for 1st time in 7 months @ USA TODAY - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:21 AM EDT

    Output at manufacturing plants fell 0.4% in August.

  • Gold Inches Higher, But Still Looks Dim @ Barrons.com - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 10:00 AM EDT

    As my colleague Mary De Wet wrote in this weekend's edition of Barron's , there's not much glitter to gold these day. According to De Wet, gold can't even count on help from Asia.  China and India, the world's top consumers of the metal, have scaled back their purchases this year. The World Gold Council, an industry …

  • On September 11, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (or EIA) reported a build of 92 bcf in natural gas inventory build for the week ending September 5—to 2,801 bcf. Analysts had been expecting ...

  • Must-know: Is there a paradigm shift in the future? Market Realist - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Gold (IAU) (GLD) prices are moving in a path similar to inflation. As inflation goes up, the dollar depreciates. As a result, it makes sense for investors to reallocate their money towards gold. Gold is ...

  • TAIPF: Zacks initiates coverage of Taipan Resources with an Outperform rating Zacks Small Cap Research - Mon, Sep 15, 2014 9:00 AM EDT

    Zacks has initiated coverage of Taipan Resources (TAIPF) (TPN.V) with an Outperform rating and a price target of CDN $0.87 for TPN.V and US $0.78 for TAIPF. Taipan is an oil & gas exploration company with interests in two onshore blocks in Kenya: a 30% participating interest in Block 2B and a 20% participating interest …

  • Former BP chief warns on Russia sanctions @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 2:13 PM EDT

    US and EU sanctions against Moscow are in danger of turning round and biting the west by constraining global oil supply and pushing up prices in coming years, the former chief executive of BP has warned. ...

  • Oil price slide sets the stage for M&As @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 11:36 AM EDT

    As the oil price slides, nervous oil executives are wondering how low it can go. Brent crude hit its lowest level in two years last week, raising questions about how the industry - and the large international ...

  • Tony Hayward, Genel Energy CEO: now he has his life back @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 9:03 AM EDT

    Tony Hayward has had another turbulent summer. His company, Genel Energy, was forced to pull out staff from some of its oilfields in Iraqi Kurdistan last month as Islamic State militants advanced. Over ...

  • Australia's iron ore producers steel themselves for casualties @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 1:40 AM EDT

    Australia's iron ore industry is bracing itself for further casualties following the collapse of two junior miners due to a slump in prices that has put pressure on high-cost producers and raised question ...

  • Modi allure dims for multinationals awaiting 'big bang' reforms @ Financial Times - Sun, Sep 14, 2014 12:55 AM EDT

    Narendra Modi's honeymoon is nearing its end for the growing ranks of investors disappointed by the dearth of radical economic reforms undertaken during the Indian prime minister's first 100 days in office. ...

  • Shell revives plans to sell European LPG business @ Financial Times - Fri, Sep 12, 2014 6:01 PM EDT

    Royal Dutch Shell has revived plans to dispose of its European liquefied petroleum gas business four years after a second failed attempt to sell the assets. The Anglo-Dutch group has appointed Credit Suisse ...

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