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Oil Steady After IEA Raises U.S. Output Forecast

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Oil prices were steady, hovering below multiyear highs, after the International Energy Agency said U.S. supply will grow faster than previously forecast.

Natural Gas Down After EIA Data

Natural gas was lower after the EIA reported a slightly bigger-than-expected weekly decline in U.S. natural-gas supply.

World Oil Supply Hits Year High, Boosted by U.S. Shale Surge

Shale producers are roaring back to life, pushing the global oil supply to its highest level in a year and undermining OPEC's efforts to rebalance the market, the International Energy Agency said.

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Australia Deals Blow to BP's Post-Spill Recovery Plans

BP suffered a setback to its post-Deepwater Horizon plans after the Australian government said it would block a $1 billion deal that would have made it the country's dominant consumer-fuel retailer.

Warburg Pincus Group Invests $780 Million in Texas Shale Startup

A group led by Warburg Pincus agreed to invest $780 million in an oil-exploration company, one of the largest private equity investments in a shale startup.

U.S. Oil Inventories Decline Sharply

Crude-oil stockpiles fell by 5.1 million barrels to 443 million barrels, for the week ended Dec. 8, and are now in the middle of the average range for this time of year, the EIA said. Analysts surveyed had predicted crude supplies would fall by 2.9 million barrels on the week.

Westinghouse Says Sales Process Generated Significant Interest

A Westinghouse Electric lawyer said Wednesday that the exploratory sale process the company is conducting has generated significant interest from potential suitors.

OPEC Oil Output Falls to Six-Month Low but U.S. Fills Gap

OPEC production fell to its lowest in six months but rival U.S. production was surging faster than expected, meaning oil markets may not rebalance before the end of 2018, the oil cartel said in its closely watched monthly oil report.

U.S., Japan Express Concern Over China's Interest in Saudi Oil Giant

The U.S. and Japan have urged Saudi Arabia to pursue an international listing for oil giant Aramco, fearing the possible sale of a stake to China would give Beijing too much sway in the Middle East.

U.S. Criticizes Germany's Support of New Russian Natural-Gas Line

The top State Department official overseeing Europe offered harsh words for Germany over the country's continued support for a new Russian gas pipeline to Europe.

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December 14, 2017 11:15 ET (16:15 GMT)