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The death of Hugo Chavez and the prospect of a regime change in Venezuela are likely to attract investor interest in the short term.
Relations between Russia and Venezuela were boosted recently when Russian oil companies confirmed plans to invest $17.6 billion in the South American country’s energy sector.
Bloomberg reported that by 2019, several oil companies in Russia would already have invested $17.6 billion in Venezuela.
Oil prices have risen steadily this quarter. Benchmark crude hit a 26-month high on Monday near $92 per barrel and is forecast by some analysts to be headed to $100, driven by quantitative easing in the United States and as data supporting robust growth in India and China drive demand. Analysts believe OPEC's evident reluctance to increase output and the prospect of continued dollar weakness add to the case for costlier oil in 2011.
Oil rose for a second day on Wednesday, after an industry group reported U.S. crude stockpiles dropped for the second week in a row and the dollar declined. Oil has climbed 34 percent this year, tracking global equity markets on optimism that an economic recovery will spur demand for fuel. Additional support for crude prices came from the dollar, which fell to the lowest level against the euro since March, bolstering demand for commodities as a hedge against inflation.
Recent dismal economic data and growing U.S. inventories kept oil prices below $50 a barrel Friday despite hopes of a possible second-half recovery in crude demand. Benchmark crude for May delivery fell 40 cents to $49.58 a barrel by Noon in European electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract on Thursday rose 73 cents to settle at $49.98.
It was a stock that people loved to hate. During the first half of 2008, investors cringed when they saw rallies in the price of oil. As crude surged to $150 a barrel last year, equity investors bemoaned the hit, and worried and gossiped about the outlook for consumer-oriented firms which would need to spend more on gas. Then the tide turned.
Petroleos de Venezuela SA’s Petrosucre joint venture “assumed operational control” of Ensco International Inc.’s offshore drilling rig Ensco 69 after the Dallas-based company halted operations in a payment dispute. For full story, click here
Russian President Dmitry Medvedev will arrive in Venezuela for talks with U.S. critic President Hugo Chavez, designed to boost cooperation in the energy sector. For full story, click here