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Oil prices are essentially flat in early Asian trading as the market wavers between a possible OPEC agreement to extend production cuts and continued growth in U.S. oil-drilling activities.

Citgo's Worth May Be Running Dry

Creditors and companies around the world are mounting competing claims for Citgo's assets in the increasingly likely event of a Venezuelan default. But it isn't clear how much value remains.

Energy Future Backs NextEra in Bid to Save Oncor Deal

Energy Future Holdings Corp., under pressure to find a way to end a long and expensive stay in bankruptcy, is throwing its weight behind NextEra Energy Inc.'s bid to salvage its deal for the company's transmissions business, Oncor.

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Oil Breaks Three-Week Losing Streak

Oil prices closed nearly unchanged, after fluctuating between gains and losses throughout the day as traders weighed inventory data and look to the global oil cartel to extend a production-cut deal later this month.

Some OPEC Members Seek to Broaden Efforts to Cut Oil Output

Six months after restricting their oil output in an effort to raise global crude prices, some members of OPEC are pushing to a broader effort to reduce petroleum production, say people familiar with the matter.

China Trade Plan Is Big Deal for Natural Gas

Trump's 10-point China trade plan contains a plug for U.S. natural gas exports. Such an alignment of interests could have collateral impacts on other gas producers especially Australia and Russia.

U.S.-China Trade Plan Hinges on Beijing's Compliance

The U.S.-China pact on greater access to the Asian giant's economy relies in part on Beijing's pledge to open markets in two areas-beef and electronic payments-that it has repeatedly promised to open before, only to continue blocking American firms.

The U.S.-China Trade Deal, Annotated

The Trump administration announced Thursday 10 measures the two governments have reached to further open markets in both countries.

U.S. Oil-Rig Count Rose by Nine in Latest Week

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. rose by nine to 712 in the past week, according to oil-field services company Baker Hughes.

Canada Moves to Impose Oil-Tanker Ban off Pacific Coast

Canada introduced legislation that would ban oil-tanker traffic off the northern Pacific Coast, formally implementing a policy pledged last fall when the Liberal government issued decisions on two contentious pipeline projects.

Cheniere Circles China After Trade Deal Portends Gas Export Boost

A new U.S.-China trade plan could be a boon for companies looking to export U.S. natural gas, and is already lifting Cheniere Energy Inc., the early mover in the nascent industry.

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May 15, 2017 00:15 ET (04:15 GMT)