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May 22, 2015

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Like Buffett, Another Folksy Investor Turns Patience Into Profit

By Jason Zweig Earlier this month, a crowd filled an auditorium to attend a corporate annual meeting at which a folksy investor spoke about his company and the secrets of success... Full Story

Embracing Disruptive Change: Why Is it So Difficult?

By Irving Wladawsky-Berger A few weeks ago I participated in a lunch discussion in New York with a group of around 20 people from a wide range of ages and professions. The theme of the lunch was The Future of Work, but given the eclectic nature of the group we talked about a number of subjects... Full Story

Oil Market Not Out Of Woods Yet - JBC Energy -- Market Talk

[Dow Jones]--After rebounding from their lows in recent weeks, global oil prices may take another leg down, says JBC Energy. While oil demand has been strong, the global oversupply of crude isn't over and could see more stockbuilding well into next year... Full Story

Millions of Barrels of Oil Are About to Vanish

by Asjylyn Loder May 21, 2015 Millions of barrels of untapped oil that U.S. shale drillers discovered during the boom years are about to disappear from their inventories... Full Story

Hedge Funds Pile Back into Energy Shares in 1Q -- Market Talk

Hedge funds plowed more money into energy investments in 1Q, looking for bargains after a tumble for oil prices, but they cut back on health-care, airline and trucking stocks, according to a new report by Goldman Sachs... Full Story

BOE Official Says Oil Price Fall May Have Bigger Effect Than Forecast

By Jason Douglas LONDON--The recent slump in the oil price may have a bigger short-term effect on the U.K. economy than the Bank of England expects, one of the central bank's nine policy makers said Thursday... Full Story

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U.K. First Quarter Growth Likely to be Raised

By Jon Sindreu LONDON--Analysts expect official data due this coming week to show the U.K. economy grew during the first quarter of the year at a stronger pace than previously estimated. Early estimates of Britain's gross domestic product showed the economy expanded a disappointing 0... Full Story

Six Banks Pay $5.8 Billion, Five Guilty of Market Rigging

by David McLaughlin, Tom Schoenberg and Gavin Finch Six of the world’s biggest banks will pay $5.8 billion and five of them agreed to plead guilty to charges tied to a currency-rigging probe as they seek to wind down almost half a decade of enforcement actions. Citicorp, JPMorgan Chase & Co... Full Story

Energy Stocks in U.S. Attract Merrill After Trailing Oil Rebound

by David Wilson May 22, 2015 Energy stocks received renewed support from strategists at Bank of America Corp.’s Merrill Lynch unit after the shares were left behind by a two-month rally in oil. “We believe moving to overweight is now justified,” Savita Subramanian, chief U.S... Full Story

Canada Inflation Gain Is Least Since 2013 as Gas Drops 21%

by Greg Quinn May 22, 2015 Canada’s inflation increased at the slowest rate since October 2013 last month as costs for gasoline and fuel oil dropped. The consumer price index rose 0.8 percent in April compared with a year earlier, Statistics Canada said Friday from Ottawa... Full Story

Suicide Bomb at Saudi Shiite Mosque Escalates Violence

by Donna Abu-Nasr and Deema Almashabi May 22, 2015 A suicide bomber at a Shiite mosque in Saudi Arabia’s oil-rich Eastern Province killed or injured dozens of worshipers during Friday prayers, the latest attack in a region that’s been a hotbed of sectarian tension... Full Story

Iraq Launches Review of ISIS Siege of Ramadi

By Damian Paletta WASHINGTON--Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi has ordered a review of the circumstances that allowed Islamic State militants to seize the key city of Ramadi several days ago, concerned by reports that the Iraqi security forces didn't offer more resistance... Full Story


Natural-Gas Prices Give Up Gains

By Nicole Friedman NEW YORK--Natural-gas prices slipped Friday on continued concerns about ample supplies... Full Story

Natural Gas Price Rises on Forecasts for Warm Weather, Growing Demand

By Timothy Puko Natural gas prices rose slightly on Thursday, as warmer weather and rising power-sector demand keep encouraging traders. Prices for the front-month June contract gained 3.4 cents, or 1.2%, to $2.949 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange... Full Story

Nymex Crude Settles Up $1.74 at $60.72/Barrel

Gasoline Futures Rise 2% to Highest Settlement Since Nov... Full Story

Natural Gas Gains on Hope for Rising Demand

By Timothy Puko Natural gas prices are ticking up Thursday as warm weather continues to raise expectations for increasing demand. Natural gas for June delivery is up 4.6 cents, or 1.6%, at $2.961 a million British thermal units on the New York Mercantile Exchange... Full Story

Oil Prices Strengthen on U.S. Supply Drop

By Georgi Kantchev Oil prices gained Thursday on a decline in U.S. oil storage levels and better economic numbers from China. Light, sweet crude for July delivery recently rose $1.04, or 1.8%, to $60.02 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange... Full Story

U.S. Oil Prices Snap Losing Streak

By Nicole Friedman NEW YORK--U.S. oil prices snapped a five-session losing streak Wednesday after weekly government data showed unexpectedly large drops in U.S. supplies of crude oil and petroleum products... Full Story


Media Reports About ExxonMobil Lobbying on Iran Sanctions Are Inaccurate

Media Reports About ExxonMobil Lobbying on Iran Sanctions Are Inaccurate IRVING, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 22, 2015-- Media reports that ExxonMobil is lobbying the U.S. government on Iran sanctions are inaccurate... Full Story

Ringgit Completes Weekly Drop as Dollar Strengthens on Fed Bets

by Y-Sing Liau May 21, 2015 Malaysia’s ringgit posted a weekly decline as oil prices fell and speculation the Federal Reserve is on track to raise interest rates spurred gains in the dollar. A gauge of dollar strength climbed 1... Full Story

Williams Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.59 per Share

Williams Increases Quarterly Dividend to $0.59 per Share TULSA, Okla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 21, 2015-- Williams' (NYSE: WMB) board of directors has approved a regular dividend of $0.59 on the company's common stock, payable June 29 to holders of record at the close of business June 12... Full Story

Vanguard Natural Resources to Buy Eagle Rock Energy Partners

By Josh Beckerman Oil-and-gas company Vanguard Natural Resources LLC (VNR) is continuing its acquisition push, announcing a deal to buy Eagle Rock Energy Partners LP (EROC) for $474 million of Vanguard common units... Full Story

Brazil Police Make New Arrest in Petrobras Probe

By Luciana Magalhaes São Paulo--Brazil's federal police on Thursday made a new arrest in connection to an investigation of alleged corruption involving contracts between state-run oil firm Petróleo Brasileiro SA and some of Brazil's largest construction firms... Full Story

Apache Declares Cash Dividends On Common Shares

HOUSTON, May 21, 2015 HOUSTON, May 21, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- The Board of Directors of Apache Corporation (NYSE, Nasdaq: APA) has declared regular cash dividends on the company's common shares... Full Story


Tropical storm warning issued for parts of the Carolinas

MIAMI (AP) — A tropical storm warning was issued Friday for parts of North and South Carolina as Ana approached the U.S. coast, kicking up rough surf and rip currents ahead of what was forecast to be a rainy weekend... Full Story

Atlantic Hurricane Season Threatens Early Start as Storm Brews

by Brian K Sullivan May 5, 2015 The Atlantic hurricane season officially begins June 1, but nature often ignores humanity’s best attempts to corral it with the calendar. There’s a 40 percent chance the Atlantic may churn out the season’s first storm along the U.S... Full Story

Pope Summons Scientists to Shape Climate Change Debate

by John Follain Pope Francis summoned scientists, government officials and religious leaders to a villa in the manicured Vatican Gardens on Tuesday as he stepped into the heated climate-change debate... Full Story

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