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Markets - Energy

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Brent crude speculators raise bullish holdings to record high LONDON: Speculators raised their holdings of Brent crude oil futures to a new record high last week, inspired by the first deal in 15 agreed by non-OPEC producers to join output cuts of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. Data from the InterContinental Exchange on Monday showed investors increased their net long position by 25,276 contracts to 477,861 lots in the week to Dec 13. That exceeds the previous record of 452,585 lots seen the previous week. OPEC and non-OPEC producers reached their first deal since 2001 to curtail oil output jointly and ease a global glut on Dec 10. Saudi Arabia and its Gulf allies have already started cutting January supplies to customers. Copyright Reuters, 2016

Markets - Energy - Asia

Asia Distillates-Gasoil cash discount narrows on tighter supplies SINGAPORE: The cash discount on Asia's 500ppm gasoil grade was at its narrowest for this month on Monday at 10 cents a barrel, thanks to tighter global supplies and firmer demand especially in India.India's diesel sales in November jumped more than 10 percent on a year-on-year basis, official data showed last week.The country's stronger demand could be attributed to its demonetization move, consultancy firm FGE said in a note this month."The surprise move to scrap ...

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Oil price eases to $55 per barrel on stronger dollar LONDON: Oil prices edged down on Monday due to a renewed dollar rally but were still supported at levels of around $55 per barrel on the back of delays in new Libyan oil exports and expectations of tighter supplies going into 2017. Brent crude futures traded at $54.98 per barrel at 1215 GMT, down 23 cents from their last close and having pared earlier gains as the dollar index rose 0.8 percent on expectations that ...

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OPEC convinces hedge fund managers but must now deliver promised cuts: Kemp LONDON: Hedge funds have amassed a record bullish position in crude oil in anticipation OPEC and non-OPEC oil producers will succeed in rebalancing the market and reducing excess stocks next year. Fund managers accumulated a net long position equivalent to 796 million barrels in the three main futures and options contracts linked to Brent and West Texas Intermediate by Dec. 13 The net position has almost doubled from a low of 422 million barrels four ...

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Europe Gasoline/Naphtha-Gasoline margins edge off two-week lows LONDON: Gasoline refining margins edged up from two-week lows on Monday, aided by a softer crude price and a pickup in exports. One trading source said that in spite of Monday's tentative move higher, margins were still suffering from the strength in the dated Brent market. Reuters shipping data showed vessels were booked on Friday to take nearly 130,000 tonnes of clean products out of Europe. Several EU countries, including Italy, France and Spain, have ...

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North Sea Crude-Forties bid near three-month highs, more VLCCs booked for Asia LONDON: North Sea crude differentials rose on Monday, as a lingering surplus of barrels appeared to be gradually dissipating and as BP bid Forties up to near three-month highs. Reuters shipping data showed two more VLCCs have been booked to load Forties and sail to Asia in January. BP has tentatively booked the Gener8 Neptune to load around Jan. 10 and Unipec has booked the Athina to load around Jan. 5. Two VLCCs carrying Forties ...

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Russia's Gazprom sees 2016 exports at 180bn cubic metres MOSCOW: Russian state gas company Gazprom will export 180 billion cubic metres of gas to countries outside the former Soviet Union in 2016, its chief executive Alexei Miller said on Monday. The company exported around 159 billion cubic metres of gas last year.Copyright Reuters, 2016