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Daily: European coal import prices prolong their downturn trend

Global oil prices posted their largest hike in two-and-half years on Wednesday, recovering from a nearly six-year low as traders alienated from the bearish pressures of a worldwide oversupply to cover themselves on expiring options. Brent crude boosted $2.10, or 4.5 percent, to close at $48.69 a barrel, in its strongest daily percentage gain since June 2012. The benchmark reached a low of $45.19 on Tuesday, the weakest level since March 2009, amid U.S. stocks build-up and a persistent global supply glut. WTI crude oil settled at $48.48, boosting $2.59, or 5.6 percent, the biggest gain since August 2012.

read more... 15/01/2015


Daily: Oil strikes the lowest level since April 2009 on U.S. oil rig figures

Global oil markets resumed their decline on Friday, with Brent and U.S. crude striking lows lastly seen in April 2009 and closing down for a seventh consecutive week. Brent crude broke below $49 a barrel but settled above the $50 support level after oil services firm Baker Hughes announced the sharpest drop in 24 years in the number of U.S. oil drilling rigs. Brent crude declined 85 cents to close at $50.11 a barrel, after slipping previously to $48.90. WTI crude fell 43 cents to settle at $48.36, having touched $47.16 earlier.

read more... 12/01/2015


Daily: British natural gas prices fell on warmer temperatures, oversupplied system

Crude oil boosted by as much as 5 percent on Friday, posting its largest increase in over two years as traders took profits on short positions after prices reached the weakest level since 2009. Brent crude for front-month delivery jumped $2.11, or 3.4 percent, to settle at $61.38 a barrel, after closing twice this week below the psychologically key level of $60, and continued to boost as high as $62.66 in post-settlement trade. WTI's front-month crude boosted $2.41 to close at $56.52 a barrel, ending the day on an unusually positive note at just 39 cents off the intra-day peak.

read more... 22/12/2014


Daily: European spot power prices drop on robust wind power supply, tightening demand

Brent crude futures declined for a fifth consecutive day on Tuesday to close below $60 a barrel, while WTI crude ended a volatile session slightly higher as trading of expiring options helped defend the price above $55. Brent crude for January delivery slipped $1.20, or nearly 2 percent, to settle at $59.86 a barrel. The contract has lost more than 10 percent in five days of trading. U.S. crude's front-month rose 2 cents to close at $55.93 a barrel. Its session low of $53.60 was the lowest since May 2009.

read more... 17/12/2014


Daily: Crude oil prices to a fresh five-year low on OPEC determination not to curb output

Brent crude oil reached a new five-year low close to $60 a barrel on Monday on OPEC’s decision not to curb output despite fears of a global oversupply. Brent for January delivery plunged to a low of $60.28 a barrel in Asian trade, down $1.57 and its weakest level since July 2009. The futures contract then rocketed to trade around $62.20 by 14:50 GMT, up 35 cents from Friday's settlement. WTI for January delivery settled at $57.50 a barrel, down 31 cents, after hitting a low of $56.25 earlier in the day - its lowest level since May 2009.

read more... 16/12/2014