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  • 08/09/2010 -- Light product stocks grew through July
    Light product inventories—gasoline, distillate, and jet fuel—grew for 9 consecutive weeks through the end of July “due to high production levels, increased gasoline imports (including blend stocks), and lackluster demand,” said Jacques Rousseau, managing director of equity research, RBC Capital Markets, Reston, Va.
  • 08/02/2010 -- Oil price 'stuck' in recent range
    Intraday oil futures prices were “stuck” between $75-80/bbl for the previous 10 trading days, Paul Horsnell at Barclays Capital, London, reported July 28.
  • 07/26/2010 -- Refining capacity near 3-year high
    US refineries were operating at 91.5% of capacity in the week ended July 16—“the highest level since August 2007” and up from 90.5% the previous week, said Jacques H. Rousseau, an analyst at RBC Capital Markets under the Royal Bank of Canada.
  • 07/19/2010 -- Economic fears slow price rise
    The front–month crude contract jumped 5.5% in the week ended July 9 to $76.09/bbl in the New York market on mixed demand forecasts and an unexpected drop in US inventories.
  • 07/12/2010 -- Crude price waffles in early July
    Oil topped $75/bbl July 8 in the New York market on renewed optimism for economic recovery and a larger-than-expected drop in US crude inventories, down 5 million bbl to 358.2 million bbl in the week ended July 2, said the US Energy Information Administration.
  • 07/06/2010 -- Low-key hurricane signals active season
    Alex, the first hurricane of 2010, came ashore on Mexico’s Tamaulipas coast in a Category 2 status June 30, flooding Matamoras but scarcely impacting Brownsville or other parts of South Texas just across the border.
  • 06/28/2010 -- Global oil demand to outgrow decline
    Global oil demand will grow more this year than it declined in 2009 and will surpass the 2007 record high “at least 2 years earlier than consensus projections” a year ago, said Paul Horsnell, managing director and head of commodities research at Barclays Capital.
  • 06/21/2010 -- Setting the yuan free
    The front-month crude futures contract continued climbing above $78/bbl, and natural gas rose in early trading June 21 after China said it will end the yuan’s 2-year peg to the US dollar and increase the flexibility of its exchange rate.
  • 06/14/2010 -- Executives braced for Oval Office speech
    Executives of BP PLC and other firms involved in deepwater drilling in the US Gulf of Mexico were bracing June 15 for President Barack Obama’s televised speech from the Oval Office on US energy and the Macondo blowout scheduled that evening.
  • 06/07/2010 -- Drilling ban boosts gas prices
    US President Barack Obama’s May 30 ban against drilling in US waters deeper than 500 ft because of the Macondo blowout in the Gulf of Mexico helped drive up natural gas prices in the first days of June, industry analysts reported.

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