Oil prices jumped 2% on Friday as the United States (US) and Britain launched air and sea strikes in Yemen against the Houthi militants.
Oil prices surged over 3% on Wednesday following a warning from the US regarding Houthi militants' activities in the Red Sea.
LNG supporters are worried about the continuous fall in the industry amid oil price recovery. Liquefied natural gas prices continue its downhill slide despite a 50% surge in Brent oil prices.
Royal Dutch Shell is reportedly seeking buyers for its North Sea assets following the merger with BG. The oil company intends to raise $30 billion from the sale of its global assets in order to balance the BG merger expenses.
Qatari media network Al Jazeera is announcing its plan to cut 50 jobs as a part of an optimization initiative. As a partly state-funded company, Al Jazeera is impacted by the slump in oil prices, which is the country’s main sector.
Chancellor George Osborne has announced a £1-billion rescue package for trouble-hit North Sea oil industry. The government is also extending £730 million support for renewable electricity.
Oil prices might have propelled above $40 a barrel level in the past week as Iran was expected to join other producers to freeze its oil output. However, Iran wants to help its ailing economy, regardless of the oversupply.
UAE venture capital firm BECO Capital expects that the tech sector will spur amid the slowdown in the economy due to low oil prices. Especially in the region, the firm projects that tech startups will face a significant growth as the government seek to achieve diversification to non-oil sectors.
The US drilling activity for oil and natural gas declined to record low since 1940 in the wake of weaker oil prices in the global markets. Oil firms are also reducing their spending budgets this year owing to adverse conditions in the markets
Bank of England has many choices to boost Britain's economy. The bank may slack its financial policy on fears that the country may exit the European Union.
Berkshire Hathaway made a significant investment in the energy firm Kinder Morgan during the final three-month period of 2015. This investment activity highlights Berkshire's increasing bet on the oil sector.
Saudi Arabia and Russia, the world's largest oil producers, have come to an agreement to reduce oil production into the January level. This is the first time for the two countries working together in efforts to fix the oil industry, which has been dropping for years.
Royal Dutch Shell said that its profit for the fourth quarter dropped 44% as the price of the crude oil tumble. The UK-based oil firm also confirmed that it is trimming 10,000 jobs, a move to reduce its costs.
China's benchmark Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI) fell to lowest in the three-and-a-half years. PMI was at 49.4 for January as against average forecast of 49.6. The PMI was 49.7 in December 2015. The disappointed China factory output data pulled oil prices lower.
China shares plunged Tuesday at 6.4%. The Shanghai index closed below 2,800 for the first time since December 2014. The condition has worried the investors for the capital outflow from China. Other Asian markets dropped as oil prices decreased.
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