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Today’s Stock Market News – Venezuela Seeks OPEC Support Against U.S. Sanctions

Venezuela Seeks OPEC Support Against U.S. Sanctions Imposed On His Country’s Oil Industry

The request was made in a letter sent to OPEC Secretary-General Mohammad Barkindo. “Our country hopes to receive the solidarity and full support of the member countries of OPEC and its ministerial Conference, in the fight we are currently having against the illegal and arbitrary intrusion of the United States in the internal affairs of Venezuela,” Maduro wrote.

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Today’s Stock Market News – Venezuela Shifts Oil Ventures’ Accounts To Russian Bank

Venezuela Shifts Oil Ventures’ Accounts To Russian Bank, PDVSA’s Move Comes After The United States Imposed New Financial Sanctions

State-run PDVSA several weeks ago informed customers of the new banking instructions and has begun moving the accounts of its joint ventures, which can export crude separately. The decision was made amid tension with some of its partners, which have withdrawn staff from Caracas since U.S. sanctions were imposed in January.

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Major Global Powers Ordered To Stop Trading Oil And Gold Assets With The Venezuela

In a statement published Monday, 11 of the 14 members of the Lima Group called for a “peaceful transition through political and diplomatic means without the use of force.”

The group also underscored the need for an urgent delivery of humanitarian aid and insisted international governments “take measures to prevent the Maduro regime … from doing business in oil, gold and other assets.”

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Venezuela Has 20 Tons of Gold Ready to Ship. On Monday, a plane belonging to Nordwind Airlines, a company based in Moscow, landed at the international airport near Caracas

Venezuela has been trying for years to increase its gold reserves by encouraging mining, putting the military in charge of vast territories that yield the precious metal.

With strongman President Nicolas Maduro losing control of the country’s already-scant finances and reserves thanks to U.S. sanctions, who can put his hands on the nation’s estimated 200 tons of gold at home and abroad has become a key question.

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Venezuela Oil Sanctions Likely to Hit Some U.S. Refiners. Profit margins for turning heavy crude into gasoline and diesel have slumped to the lowest level in more than a year

The Trump administration has drafted a slate of sanctions but hasn’t decided whether to deploy them, said people familiar with the matter. Earlier this month, White House officials warned U.S. refiners that sanctions were being considered, and advised them to seek alternative sources of heavy crude. Some U.S. refiners worried about sanctions experimented with alternatives last year before ultimately returning to Venezuelan crude.

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Mexico has significantly reduced imports of U.S. gasoline. Cutback comes as a government crackdown on fuel theft leads to shortages across the country

The decline is the result of fewer orders of American gasoline and congestion at Mexico’s Gulf Coast fuel terminals where at least 15 tanker vessels were idling in the Gulf of Mexico waiting to unload several million barrels of gasoline as of Friday, according to industry analysts and government officials.

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Oil headed for its biggest weekly gain in over two years. Still, prices are about 30 percent lower than their highs in October

Crude’s direction in coming weeks may be determined by whether the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and allies including Russia implement output cuts they have promised for the first six months of 2019. Also crucial will be the outcome of trade negotiations between the U.S. and China — the world’s two biggest economies. A deal between the nations could boost flagging global growth that underpins oil demand.

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Oil prices rose on the final day of the year, mirroring gains in stock markets

Brent crude futures was up 83 cents at $54.05 a barrel by 09:32 GMT, after rising by over a $1 a barrel in early trade to a high of $54.55 a barrel.

U.S. West Texas Intermediate crude futures were at $45.99 a barrel, up 66 cents, or 1.4 percent, from their last close. WTI also rose more than a $1 in early trade, reaching $46.38 a barrel.

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Impacts of climate change in Antarctica. What’s Happening Beneath Antarctica’s Ice?… Businesses and investors are keenly interested

“The biggest question when it comes to sea-level rise is: How will the Antarctic ice sheets react to ongoing climate change?” says Ricarda Winkelmann, an ice-sheet modeler in Germany’s Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research.

When Dr. Winkelmann talks to policy makers and business people, they want to know what is the worst-case scenario, and how fast will climate-related changes occur, she says.

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U.S. oil major Exxon Mobil Corp has withdrawn its WCC liquefied natural gas (LNG) export project in Canada from an environmental assessment, it said on Thursday, signaling that the project has been shelved

LNG demand is growing but environmental groups say exports will boost carbon emissions in Canada, both through gas extraction and the liquefaction process.

The WCC LNG export project planned to have liquefaction and storage facilities for natural gas, loading facilities and third-party pipeline facilities.

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Coffee prices have been stuck below the cost of production for the longest stretch since the global financial crisis, leading some producers to abandon crops and some to migrate for new jobs

Even as gourmet-coffee consumption is on the rise, most producers get only a dollar per pound of beans. A 2017 study by Cornell University for Fair Trade USA placed the average cost of coffee production at $1.40 a pound. Coffee prices have been below that price for 20 straight months, the longest stretch since 2008, according to FactSet data.

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Qatar Petroleum to invest $20 billion in U.S. over the coming few years, after the Gulf Arab state unexpectedly quit OPEC this month

Qatar, a tiny but wealthy country is one of the most influential players in the LNG market due to its annual production of 77 million tonnes. It plans to boost capacity 43 percent by 2023-2024 and will be building four liquefaction trains for the LNG expansion.

As part of its more than $20 billion investment push in the U.S. QP is looking “at gas and oil, conventional and non-conventional”