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Oil prices slip after rally as market turns cautious LONDON: Oil prices fell on Tuesday after a strong two-day rally abated amid volatility fed in part by a vote later this week in Britain that will determine whether the country will leave the European Union.Reports from Nigerian media that the government had signed a 30-day ceasefire with militants whose attacks have curtailed the country's crude oil exports also added a bearish signal to a market that firmed on the back of supply disruptions.Brent crude August futures were trading at $50.23 at 0918 GMT, down 42 cents a barrel. The contract has risen by more than 6 percent since Thursday's settlement, after dropping 10 percent in six previous sessions.U.S. crude's expiring July front-month contract was down 45 cents at $48.92 a barrel. The more actively traded August contract, the new front-month from Wednesday, was down 40 cents at $49.56. That contract settled up nearly 3 percent at $49.96 on Monday.Two ...

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Russia beats Saudis for third straight month as China's top crude supplier BEIJING: Russia beat out Saudi Arabia as China's largest oil supplier in May, customs data showed on Tuesday, marking the third month in a row the world's biggest oil producer has topped the world's biggest oil exporter in feeding China's market.Russia's exports to the world's No. 2 oil consumer hit a fresh record and reflect continuing strong demand from China's independent refiners.China imported 5.245 million tonnes, or around 1.24 million barrels per day (bpd) of ...

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Europe Product Swaps-Gasoline swaps fall on high stocks, weak demand LONDON: Gasoline refining margins swaps in northwest Europe weakened in the week to Monday, as high inventories failed to keep up with demand.Gasoline stocks in Europe and the United States are elevated due to months of yield-shifting toward lighter products, according to traders and the US Energy Information Administration.The high stocks have pressured margins even as peak driving season comes into full swing, and arbitrage to the United States was narrowing.But refiners in Europe, Asia ...

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BP approves investment in Egypt gas field 15 months after discovery LONDON: British oil major BP has approved investment in the first phase of developing the large Atoll gas field offshore Egypt, only 15 months after it first announced its discovery. BP, which declined to give an investment figure for the project, said the field was on track to deliver its first gas in the first half of 2018, set to pump 300 million cubic feet a day of gas to the Egyptian market. BP decided ...

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Shell puts revamped shale arm at heart of growth drive LONDON: Having turned round its North American shale business, Royal Dutch Shell is putting so-called unconventional energy at the heart of its growth plans, and believes lessons from the revamp can be applied across the company. Greg Guidry, head of the Anglo-Dutch group's unconventionals business, told Reuters a drive to slash costs and streamline decision-making had put his division largely on a par with leading rivals in terms of productivity and efficiency. And now the ...

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Vitol hires former trading boss of Total as head of Africa LONDON: The world's largest oil trading house, Vitol, has hired the former head of trading of French oil major Total, Pierre Barbe, as its new head of Africa, three industry sources told Reuters. Vitol declined to comment. Barbe had worked for Total since 1983 and was in charge of trading at Total, known as Totsa - one of the world's largest oil trading desks - between 2007 and 2014. Copyright Reuters, 2016 ...

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Oil rallies as fears over Brexit abate LONDON: Oil rallied on Monday, lifted by a wave of investor confidence and a weaker dollar after polls showed a diminishing chance that Britain may vote to leave the European Union later this week.August Brent crude futures were up 90 cents at $50.07 a barrel by 0843 GMT, set for a gain of 6 percent in two trading days. NYMEX crude for July delivery, which expires on Tuesday, was up 80 cents at $48.78 a ...