OPEC Wants To Raise Oil Prices

◊ OPEC and Oil Prices News ◊ ⇑⇓ StockMarketNews.Today ⇓⇑ The coronavirus outbreak has interrupted economic activity in China with entire cities on lockdown and travel restrictions putting a huge dent in demand for oil. Quite how much this will hit crude demand is unclear — but Chinese energy executives have said oil consumption in […]

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Turmoil In Global Gas Market

◊ Natural Gas News China ◊ ⇑⇓ StockMarketNews.Today ⇓⇑ Chinese importers threatening to cancel up to 70 per cent of seaborne imports in February as demand collapses and companies struggle to staff ports. The move by China, the world’s second-largest importer of liquefied natural gas, has sent prices to their lowest level on record and […]

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Goldman Says Oil Rally Likely Shortlived

⇑⇓ STOCK MARKET NEWS TODAY — BUSINESS & FINANCIAL NEWS ⇓⇑ StockMarketNews.Today — A flare-up in U.S.-Iran tension may be keeping oil elevated, but an actual disruption to global crude supplies is needed to keep prices at current levels, according to Goldman Sachs Group Inc . Price risks for Brent, which has surged about 6% […]

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EIA: Oil Markets Could Face Oversupply in 2020

◊ Oil Markets ◊ Oil markets are expected to face excess supplies in 2020 due to a production boost amid weak demand growth, the director for energy markets and security at the International Energy Agency said Tuesday. “Overall, we will continue to see a well supplied market in 2020,” said Keisuke Sadamori at the Singapore […]

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Commodity Market Insights

Prospects for a “mini” trade deal between the U.S. and China leading to further progress have lifted agricultural commodities, taken the wind out of gold and left energy markets unimpressed. Energy CRUDE OIL prices fell for the first time in four days yesterday despite the announcement of the first steps in a trade deal at […]

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Oil Jumps as Iran Tanker Blast

Oil jumped back above $60 a barrel after a reported explosion on an Iranian tanker. Futures jumped by almost $1 a barrel after the Islamic Republic News Agency reported a National Iranian Oil Company tanker caught fire after a blast, taking the day’s gains to more than 2%. Prices were already higher after U.S. President Donald […]

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Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks Were Launched From Iran

Saudi Arabia Oil Attacks – Stock Market News — American intelligence indicates Iran was the staging ground for a debilitating attack on Saudi Arabia’s oil industry, people familiar with the discussions said Monday, as Washington and the kingdom weighed how to respond. The assessment, which the U.S. hasn’t shared publicly, comes as President Trump raised the […]

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Precious Metals Enjoy Resurgence in Negative-Yield World

♦ Precious Metals – Stock Market News Today ♦ … – Gold purchases by everyone from central banks to retail buyers have boosted the metal to its highest level in six years, with a coterie of famous investors now touting its role as a haven from market turmoil. Silver and platinum have outpaced all other […]

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Natural-Gas: Prices in Europe and Asia Plummet to Historic Lows

 ◊ Natural Gas News Today ◊ ♦ Natural Gas – Stock Market News ♦ … — Natural-gas prices in Europe and Asia have plummeted this year to historic lows in the midst of reduced demand, the trade dispute with China and brimming storage facilities in Europe. The biggest driver of falling prices, though, has been the […]

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Gold Falls as Risk Appetite Grows

{ Gold Price News – Stock Market News } … The Federal Reserve’s upcoming Jackson Hole, Wyo. retreat Is expected to boost gold prices on speculation of an imminent rate cut. But creeping risk appetite in the meantime is spoiling the party for longs in the yellow metal. Spot gold, reflective of trades in bullion, was down $15.22, or […]

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Trump Wants to Buy Greenland … But Why?

{ Trump Confirms Interest in Greenland – Stock Market News } … Mr. Trump has become entranced by the idea of the U.S. buying this vast, ice-shrouded island on the roof of the world, people familiar with discussions said. President Trump on Sunday confirmed his interest in potentially purchasing Greenland, but said it wasn’t a priority. The territory’s […]

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U.S. Agriculture

◊ U.S. Agriculture News — Stock Market News Today ◊ China is the fourth largest market for U.S. farm exports, behind Canada, Mexico and Japan. Former Iowa Lt. Gov. Patty Judge said the loss of a trading partner like China sets up a “dangerous situation.” …  With China officially pulling out of buying U.S. agricultural products, […]

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Corn Is America’s Largest Crop In 2019

Farmers have planted 91.7 million acres of corn in 2019, according to the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). USDA’s Economic Research Service (ERS) publishes a monthly Feed Outlook report that analyzes supply and demand data to provide information on expected prices, production, exports, and feed uses for corn and other feed grains. The following is […]

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Today Is A Good Time To Invest In Latin American Mining

After Latin American countries gained independence, roughly 200 years ago, international mining investors had to change their approach. But the lure of Latin America’s mining sector remains just as strong. It has the planet’s largest reserves of copper, lithium and silver with plenty of gold to boot. While modest local demand – it has less […]

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Oil Gains As Gulf Tanker Seizure Raises Tensions

Stock Market News Today… Oil prices rose on Monday on concerns that Iran’s seizure of a British tanker last week may lead to supply disruptions in the Middle East Gulf, although gains were capped as Libya resumed output at its largest oil field. Brent crude futures climbed 88 cents, or 1.4%, to $63.35 a barrel […]

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OPEC And Allies Set To Extend Oil Supply Cuts

OPEC and its allies led by Russia are set to extend oil output cuts until March 2020 on Tuesday to try to prop up the price of crude as the global economy weakens and U.S. production soars. The alliance, known as OPEC+, has been reducing oil supply since 2017 to prevent prices from sliding amid […]

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U.S. Crude Extends Weekly Gains To 10%

Stock Market News Today – Oil prices extended gains to a three-week high on Friday as escalating tensions between the U.S. and Iran added to a rally of nearly 10% in U.S. crude. New York-traded West Texas Intermediate crude futures rose 45 cents, or 0.8%, at $57.52 a barrel by 7:56 AM ET (11:56 GMT), […]

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Citigroup Inc Plans To Sell Several Tons Of Gold Placed As Collateral By Venezuela’s Central Bank On A $1.6 Billion Loan

Citigroup Inc plans to sell several tons of gold placed as collateral by Venezuela’s central bank on a $1.6 billion loan after the deadline for repurchasing them expired this month, sources said, a setback for President Nicolas Maduro’s efforts to hold onto the country’s fast-shrinking reserves. Maduro’s government has since 2014 used financial operations known […]

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Crude Oil Production Cuts: Iraq, OPEC’s Second-Largest Producer, And Russia, Failed To Respect Their Commitments In The First Two Months Of The Year

OPEC and a group of 10 oil-producing nations led by Russia are deepening their crude production cuts, but remain split on whether the curbs should remain in place through the end of the year, officials said Sunday. Saudi Arabia, the de facto leader of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries, met with Russia and […]

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U.S. Crude Prices Are Up 25% So Far This Year

U.S. crude-oil futures have rebounded 25% in the first two months of the year, according to Dow Jones Market Data, the best January-February performance in figures going back to 1984. Oil is also heading for its best two-month stretch generally since 2016—when prices recovered in April and May of that year after dipping below $27 a barrel.

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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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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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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”

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Trade tensions between the United States and China are likely to dominate the G20 summit of the world’s 20 biggest economies next week

The United States and China have been imposing tariffs on each others goods in an escalating dispute over market access, forced technology transfer, intellectual property rights and state subsidies to certain sectors that distort competition. The European Union, Canada and Japan are also involved because of U.S. tariffs on steel and aluminum products imposed by Washington earlier this year.

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Today’s Stock Market News – The United States will become a key source of energy supplies to meet growing demand globally.

StockMarketNews.Today – “In the next 5-10 years, we expect to see improved recovery rates and even a doubling in some of our most prolific (gas) basins,” said Frank Fannon, assistant secretary in the energy bureau of the U.S. state department. “What this means in the near-term is that the United States may double production, double export capacity and introduce new market innovation ” he said at an industry conference in Singapore.

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