OIL PRICES RISE AS HOPES GROW FOR AN OPEC OUTPUT CUT
Oil prices rose Friday as hopes grew that major oil producers would be able to strike a deal to cut output and stabilize prices.
IRAQ NOW OPTIMISTIC ABOUT OPEC OIL-OUTPUT DEAL
Iraq's oil minister said he is optimistic about OPEC reaching an agreement at its next meeting, a change in tone that suggests the cartel's most recalcitrant member is coming around to the idea of cutting oil output.
U.S. OIL-RIG COUNT CLIMBS BY 19
The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. rose by 19 in the past week to 471, according to oil-field services company Baker Hughes Inc.
OBAMA ADMINISTRATION RESCINDS PLANNED LEASE SALES IN ARCTIC
The Obama administration said it was rescinding plans to allow two oiland natural-gas lease sales in the Arctic Ocean, a move that might be reversed by President-elect Donald Trump, who has vowed to lift federal restrictions on oil and natural-gas drilling.
GAZPROM CUTS STAFF BY 20% IN LONDON TRADING BUSINESS, SOURCES SAY
Gazprom has made deep cuts to its London-headquartered trading business, in an early sign of the Russian gas giant's attempts to adjust to continued weakness in commodity markets.
BRAZIL JUDGE TO HEAR CHARGES IN SAMARCO DAM COLLAPSE
A federal judge has ordered 21 people linked to the world's largest mining companies to answer to homicide charges in connection with last year's deadly mine disaster in southeastern Brazil.
BROOKFIELD PUSHES FOR TERRAFORM POWER DEAL
Brookfield Asset Management has hung a possible price tag on its proposed takeover of TerraForm Power Inc., at $13 per share, a penny under Thursday's market closing price.
TESLA, SOLARCITY MERGER GETS SHAREHOLDER APPROVAL
Shareholders of Tesla and SolarCity approved Tesla's $2.1 billion all-stock offer to merge and create one company headed by Elon Musk that would sell emissions-free cars and solar panels that help power them.
STOCKS RETREAT, BOND YIELDS RISE
U.S. stocks retreated but were still on track for weekly gains, while bond yields and the dollar continued to rise.
FED'S GEORGE EXPECTS 'MODERATE PACE OF GROWTH'
Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City President Esther George said she expects the national economy to grow at a moderate pace.
CONFERENCE BOARD'S LEADING ECONOMIC INDEX CLIMBS 0.1% IN OCTOBER
A basket of leading economic indicators increased slightly in October, a sign that U.S. economic growth would continue in the coming months.
DROP IN FOOD PRICES SOFTENS CANADA CPI RISE IN OCTOBER
Canada's annual inflation rate advanced in October on higher transportation and shelter costs, while the corerate rose at its slowest pace in over two years.
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FOR THIS PERMIAN LAND DEAL, NO DRILLING PERMITTED
Four energy companies and investment firm Warburg Pincus LLC are paying $1.2 million to lock Sawtooth Mountain, at the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, in a conservation pact that will forever prohibit human disturbance, be it drilling for oil or building driveways.
NATIONS VOW TO STICK TO CLIMATE PLEDGES-FOR NOW
Diplomats at a conference intended to launch the Paris climate-change accord struggled to define how they will move forward as the U.S. retreats from a leadership role.
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November 18, 2016 16:29 ET (21:29 GMT)
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