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9:46 a.m. Oct. 7, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures recoup some recent losses; natural-gas prices end nearly flatOil futures to recoup some price losses suffered a day earlier. Prices found support after that the U.S. Energy Department said it has no plans to tap the nation's Strategic Petroleum Reserve. That contradicted comments reported by the Financial Times from Energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm on Wednesday, who raised the possibility of a release of oil from the SPR. Oil also moved higher along with the stock market after U.S. lawmakers . That took the "risk of a near-term recession off the table, and puts off the potential debt ceiling calamity for another day," increasing oil demand expectations, said Phil Flynn, senior market analyst at The Price Futures Group. West Texas Intermediate crude for November delivery rose 87 cents, or 1.1%, to settle at $78.30 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Natural-gas futures, meanwhile, ended the session almost flat, a day after dropping sharply on news that Russia will raise natural-gas supplies to Europe. November natural gas settled at $5.677 per million British thermal units, compared with Wednesday's finish at $5.675.
4:33 a.m. Aug. 10, 2021 - By Mark Decambre
Dow, S&P 500 and Nasdaq rise tepidly to start Tuesday action as investors await Senate vote on infrastructureU.S. stocks edged higher Tuesday morning, as investors watched the global spread of the delta variant of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 and searched for fresh catalysts to keep pushing equities higher. Investors were also awaiting the passage of a infrastructure package by the Senate later in the session. Energy prices , meanwhile, were rebounding from a sharp rout. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.1% at 35,129, the S&P 500 index advanced 0.1% at 4,436, and the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.2% at 14,888. Meanwhile, the Senate was a roughly $1 trillion infrastructure package with broad bipartisan support Tuesday, advancing a central piece of President Biden's economic agenda. In corporate news, shares of AMC Entertainment Holdings climbed after the movie-theater chain reported a narrower quarterly loss late Monday, and a deal with AT&T's Warner Bros. over showing its movies in theaters before streaming. In COVID news, the highly transmissible delta variant of the coronavirus-borne illness COVID-19 has driven the daily average of new cases in the U.S. above 100,000 for the first time since February and created a crisis in Austin, Texas, where hospitals are running out of intensive care unit beds. The U.S. seven-day average of new cases stood at 110,360 on Sunday, according to a New York Times tracker, up 112% from two weeks ago. Hospitalizations have climbed 90% and deaths are up 92% in the period.
2:27 a.m. April 13, 2021 - By Mark DeCambre
Dow futures turn south Tuesday after FDA and CDC call for pause of Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccineFutures for the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 pivoted lower Tuesday morning after said that the U.S. will seek a pause of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine due to blood-clotting issues. "We are recommending a pause in the use of this vaccine out of an abundance of caution," the Food and Drug Administration, said jointly with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The New York Times, citing officials briefed on the decision, said a rare clotting issue has cropped up in six women within about two weeks of vaccination. Futures for the Dow fell 127 points or 0.4% and those for the S&P 500 were trading 0.3% lower at 4,107. Shares of J&J were down 3% in pre-market action on Tuesday. The FDA and the CDC are requesting that the J&J vaccine not be used at federal sites and is urging states to also follow suit.
9:46 a.m. April 6, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil ends higher as U.S., Iran reportedly make little progress toward reviving a nuclear dealOil futures , getting a boost as economic data from China hinted at better prospects for energy demand. Meanwhile, at bringing the U.S. back into a nuclear deal with Iran appeared to make little progress. The to reach an agreement. The U.S. and Iran aren't meeting directly and representatives from European and other nations are serving as go-betweens instead. Through those intermediaries, the U.S. and Iran agreed to establish two working groups to try to get both countries back into compliance with the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, Tuesday. West Texas Intermediate crude for May delivery rose 68 cents, or 1.2%, to settle at $59.33 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.
10:15 a.m. Feb. 26, 2021 - By Greg Robb
U.S. Treasury sanctions former Saudi official and 'Tiger Squad', but not crown prince, in connection with Khashoggi murderThe Treasury Department announced Friday that it has sanctioned Saudi Arabia's Rapid Intervention Force, called the "Tiger Squad," and a former Saudi intelligence officer, for their direct involvement in the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Ahmad Hassan Mohammed al Asiri, the former deputy head of the country's General Intelligence Presidency, was called the "ringleader" of the murder by the department. The U.S. did not sanction Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The New York Times reported that unnamed senior administration officials said the price for directly penalizing the crown price was too high. The order freezes any assets held by the targets in the U.S. and also prohibits Americans from doing business with them. Earlier Friday, the Biden administration released an intelligence assessment concluding the crown prince likely approved an operation to capture or kill the journalist in Istanbul.
9:42 a.m. Feb. 12, 2021 - By Myra P. Saefong
Oil futures end higher as Middle East tensions raise stability concerns Oil futures on news of rising tensions between the Iran-backed Houthis political group in Yemen and Saudi Arabia. that the Houthis' military spokesman tweeted that the Houthis' air force hit an airport and air base in Saudi Arabia with drones. Also on Friday, the Biden administration revoked the State Department's terrorist designations of the Houthi rebels, . "As the Biden administration no longer considers the Iran-backed Houthis as a terrorist organization, this action diminishes U.S. alliance with Saudi Arabia," said Manish Raj, chief financial officer at Velandera Energy. "Since the Saudis have been instrumental in balancing global oil trade in the recent times, there is a fear that they may be less motivated to balance oil markets in the future." March West Texas Intermediate crude rose $1.23, or 2.1%, to settle at $59.47 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. For the week, front-month prices gained roughly 4.7%, according to FactSet data.
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