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Oil prices were lower as traders bet an API report Wednesday showing a bearish rise in U.S. crude inventories will be confirmed by official EIA data at 11am ET.

Energy Giants Seek Chinese Minnows in Bid to Shift Gas

Recent deals reflect a fundamental change in China's energy sector: The government's goal of boosting competition to facilitate a shift from coal to cleaner fuels has opened a window for private players.

Brazil's Petrobras to Sell Noncore Assets for $587 Million

Brazilian state-run oil company Petróleo Brasiliero SA on Wednesday, said it agreed to sell certain noncore business assets for $587 million, amid its efforts to raise cash and reduce debts.

Toshiba Stumbles as Nuclear Bet Proves Costly

Toshiba's shares plunge as its bet on a nuclear-power revival with its purchase of Westinghouse weighs heavily on the Japanese conglomerate amid cost overruns and missed deadlines.

BP to Buy Woolworths Fuels Business

BP has agreed to buy the fuels business of Woolworths for $1.29 billion, in the latest move by the British oil company to rebuild following the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster.

Peabody Is Accused of Coercing Creditors to Back Debt Plan

Saying they are being rushed into making a decision, a group of Peabody Energy Corp.'s junior creditors have asked a bankruptcy court to prevent the coal miner from enforcing a Wednesday deadline they claim is being used to coerce support for the company's debt restructuring plan.

Electric Cars: Still Unpopular With Buyers and Unprofitable for Sellers

Tesla and General Motors are rolling out mid-priced electric cars, and others are coming soon. But the auto industry faces big hurdles before widespread adoption.

Mexican Government to Bump Up Gasoline Prices in January

The maximum retail price of regular gasoline in Mexico will rise on average 14% as of Jan. 1, a widely expected move intended to incorporate higher oil prices and a weaker peso into the cost as Mexico moves to market-set prices for the fuel in 2017.

Gazprom Offers Commitments in Bid to Close EU Antitrust Case

Russian energy company PAO Gazprom said it had sent its proposed commitments to the European Commission in a bid to assuage the regulator's charges of market abuse.

Linn Energy Equity Holders Seek Representation

Linn Energy's equity holders, a group that stands to be wiped out in the oil-and-gas company's restructuring, has asked a bankruptcy court to appoint an official committee to represent their interests.

Panasonic to Put $260 Million Into Plant Supplying Solar Cells to Tesla

Panasonic expects to invest more than $260 million in a Buffalo, N.Y., plant thatwill make photovoltaic cells and modules for Tesla Motors.

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December 29, 2016 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)

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