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Crude Rises a Second Day Amid U.S.-Russia Talks on Syria

West Texas Intermediate crude climbed a second day ahead of talks between the U.S. and Russia to resolve the crisis in Syria, a conflict that's bolstered concern that Middle Eastern oil supplies may be disrupted.

WTI Crude Declines as U.S. Weighs Intervention in Syria

West Texas Intermediate fell as the U.S. debated a military strike on Syria and Russia raised objections to intervention, clouding the prospects for an attack that could heighten tensions in the Middle East.

heating oil rises to nine-week high on stimulus hopes, mideast

heating oil climbed to a nine-week high on concern that middle east stress will affect oil supplies and on speculation that the federal reserve will add more stimulus to boost the economy.

Crude Rises on European Economy Amid Middle East Turmoil

West Texas Intermediate crude rose for a second day on signs of accelerating economic growth in Europe and unrest in the Middle East.

hedge fund heating oil bets surge on deadly cold: energy markets

hedge funds boosted bullish bets on heating oil to an 11-week high as frigid weather swept across central and eastern europe, spurring demand for u.s. fuel while shutdowns of unprofitable refineries threatened supplies.

wagers that prices will rise advanced 21 percent in the week ended feb. 7 to the highest level since nov. 22, the commodity futures trading commission's feb. 10 commitments of traders report showed.

heating oil jumped to a nine-month high on feb. 7 as blizzards, high winds and freezing weather in europe closed airports and schools, disrupted shipping and killed hundreds. u.s. exports of distillate fuels, including heating oil and diesel, have increased 19 percent in the past year and climbed to a record in december, according to preliminary energy department data released feb. 8.

Crude Drops for Second Day on Fed Tapering Speculation Q

West Texas Intermediate crude fell for a second day amid speculation that the Federal Reserve will reduce stimulus measures next month, curbing investors' appetite for commodities.

Natural Gas Climbs as Hot Weather Boosts Air-Conditioner Use

Natural gas futures climbed for a second day in New York as above-normal temperatures stoked demand from power plants, adding to concern that a supply shortfall will expand.

Brent Crude Drops a Fifth Day on North Sea Supply Rebound

Brent crude declined for a fifth day as exports from the North Sea rebounded to a seven-month high, while a pipeline in Yemen resumed flows after an attack.

Natural Gas Bets Drop to Five-Month Low on U.S. Supply

Faster-than-expected gains in U.S. natural-gas inventories are easing concern that a shortage is looming next winter, spurring speculators to cut bullish bets.


  • Department of Energy Weekly Report (Wednesdays 10:30am est)
  • American Petroleum Institute Weekly Report (Wednesdays 10:30am Est)
  • Natural Gas Inventories Weekly Report (Thursdays 10:30am est)
  • OPEC Production Quotas
  • OPEC Monthly Oil Market Report
  • Non-OPEC Oil Production
  • Mideast Stability
  • Weather- Related demand
  • CFTC Commitment of Traders Report
  • Energy Information Administration Report (Tuesday afternoons)
  • International Energy Agency Policy
  • Chinese (Asian) demand
  • Iraqi production and export levels
  • Russian shale production
  • Alternation Energy production and technological breakthroughs
  • Inflation
  • Dollar weakness and purchasing power
  • Refining Capacity
  • Weather related refining production limitations (eg hurricanes in the gulf)
  • Venezuelan Production
  • Venezuelan Foreign Policy in relation with US
  • Iran Nuclear dispute status
  • US Strategic Petroleum Reserves
  • US New Drilling and Exploratory Initiatives
  • Oil Spills
  • International Energy Agency Reserves
  • General Accountability Office Study on Geopolitical Disruptions
  • International and Domestic Tax rates relating to oil and gasoline
  • New Geopolitical order after Arab Spring

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