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Rare gasoline cargo heads from China to United States LONDON: Trading house Trafigura is shipping a rare cargo of gasoline from China to the United States, as the recent weakening of the Asian market after months of stock builds opens up new routes. Asian gasoline stocks have risen sharply in recent months as traders and refiners betting on strong summer demand for the road fuel in China and other countries ramped up imports and production.China's teapot refineries, which only recently gained government approval to import crude oil and export products, added to the excess. Between imports and sky-high production, gasoline prices and refining margins fell sharply in recent weeks as once-importing countries starting to export volumes. The tanker Dalmacija is currently sailing across the Pacific Ocean after loading a part cargo at the port of Changzhou near Shanghai in early April before stopping at the port of Laizhu in northern China in mid-month to load a further cargo, according ...

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Oil prices rally before US inventory data LONDON: Oil prices rose sharply for a second day running on Wednesday, reaching five-month highs awaiting the release of key US energy stockpiles data.West Texas Intermediate (WTI) reached $45.13 a barrel and Brent North Sea crude struck $47.05 in trading on Wednesday -- the highest points since early November.Shailaja Nair, associate editorial director at global energy information provider Platts, told AFP she "would still be cautious against the sustainability of this rise because the world ...

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Falling output and weaker dollar push oil to 2016 high LONDON: Oil hit its highest level of 2016 on Wednesday, driven by a falling dollar and evidence of declining U.S. supply, putting the price on course for its strongest monthly performance since last April.The prospect of an agreement among the world's largest exporters to limit production, which had provided the catalyst for a 55 percent rally since mid-February, evaporated almost two weeks ago when a meeting between OPEC members and their non-OPEC counterparts ended in ...

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First shipment of US natural gas to EU arrives SINES: In a move which could lead to continental price wars and reduce Russian market domination, the first shipment of US natural gas to the European Union arrived overnight Tuesday in the Portuguese port of Sines overnight, an AFP journalist reported.The first consignment of US gas for European distribution comes amid the shale gas revolution which Washington hopes will see it become a player in an EU market where Russia is currently the main supplier.The ...

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Oil prices rebound sharply LONDON: Oil prices rose Tuesday, rebounding from heavy losses that were sparked by a report that Saudi Arabia was close to completing an oilfield expansion.Analysts said the gains, partly prompted by a slightly weaker dollar, would likely be short-lived due to lingering worries about a global supply glut. At 1700 GMT, New York's benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for delivery in June was up $1.28 at $43.92 per barrel.Brent North Sea crude for June delivery ...

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W. Africa Crude-Quiet spot trading, but India buys via tender LONDON: There was limited trading as Nigeria's NNPC allocated its June cargoes and traders vied for Indian tenders to buy oil. There was also little trading in Angolan crude for June loading, though demand from Chinese refineries was relatively stable. Nigeria's initial loading programmes showed exports falling to around 1.7 million barrels per day (bpd) including Akpo - the lowest level all year. NIGERIA A cargo of Agbami and one of Qua Iboe will sail ...

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Oil prices rise but possible battle for market share caps gains LONDON: Oil prices rose on Tuesday, boosted by a weaker dollar and by expectations that demand could grow quickly enough to match supply this year, although concern over a potential battle for market share between Saudi Arabia and Iran limited gains.Front-month Brent crude futures were up by 59 cents to $45.04 a barrel at 1122 GMT. U.S. crude futures rose 54 cents to $43.18 a barrel."Market fundamentals continue to suggest that the combination of robust ...