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BUSINESS
July 28, 2012 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Oil prices crashed in the second quarter, and Chevron Corp. still made $26 a barrel. Take just about any business in which the value of a company's primary product suddenly falls and it could be time to panic. Then there is the oil patch, where billions of dollars in profits are possible even after a collapse in crude prices. Several large oil companies have posted sharp declines in second-quarter profits this week because of lower oil and natural gas prices during the three-month period.
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BUSINESS
August 23, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee and Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Global oil prices were roiled by news of the rebel advance into the Libyan capital of Tripoli and the prospect that oil would be flowing from that country again. But petroleum industry experts warned that it could take more than a year for Libya to pump oil at pre-war levels, dampening the prospects for sharply cheaper gasoline prices in the near future. Prices at the pump could fall in the near future, but that would largely be due to the weak economy and the end of the summer driving season, not a fast rebound of Libyan exports, said David Kirsch, director of market intelligence at PFC Energy, a consulting firm.
BUSINESS
April 27, 2010 | By Ronald D. White, Los Angeles Times
Doubts about a plan to bail Greece out of its financial mess helped drive oil back under $85 a barrel in trading Monday, analysts said, adding that gasoline prices will probably see their peak for the year by the Memorial Day holiday. For now, pump prices are holding steady, according to the Energy Department's weekly survey of filling stations, released Monday. The average price of a gallon of regular gasoline in California fell two-tenths of a penny to $3.088. The California average has varied by just three cents over the last six weeks.
BUSINESS
March 7, 2011 | By Ronald D. White and Walter Hamilton, Los Angeles Times
Reports of intensified fighting in Libya propelled oil past $118 a barrel in Europe and to nearly $107 in the U.S., the highest levels since September 2008, with concern growing that the disruption in Libya's crude-oil production could last longer than initially expected. Another day of rising oil prices meant falling stock prices. In a roller-coaster session, the Dow Jones industrial average on Monday closed down 79.85 points, or 0.7%, to 12,090.03. The Standard & Poor's 500 was off 0.8%, and the Nasdaq composite fell 1.4%.
NEWS
April 13, 1986
Now (that oil prices have dropped) we should . . . question the economics of drilling in Pacific Palisades. Oil prices have dropped from over $30 per barrel to less than $12. Royalties to homeowners and the supposed largess to the city would decline accordingly. Is it still worth selling our Palisades environment to the Occidental carpetbaggers? FRANK McGINITY Pacific Palisades
OPINION
November 10, 2007
Re "Enriching the enemy," editorial, Nov. 3 The Times' editorial fails to mention the falling value of the dollar as a main cause of high oil prices. Oil is bought and sold in U.S. dollars, and producers want to make up their dollar losses by raising oil prices. The dollar's value is a key barometer of the nation's economic and financial health. Under the leadership of President Bush and his congressional enablers, that health cannot be considered good.
BUSINESS
November 9, 2001 | Bloomberg News
Oil prices rose more than 5% after Saudi Arabia's oil minister said OPEC may try to bolster prices by cutting output quotas to the lowest level since the Persian Gulf War. OPEC's goal is to defend oil prices, even if that means losing market share, Ali Ibrahim Naimi said at a conference in Morocco, Dow Jones Newswires reported. A crude oil index OPEC watches has dropped 33% since the Sept. 11 terrorists attacks as demand dropped from slowing world economies. Near-term oil futures rose $1.
BUSINESS
October 22, 2004 | John O'Dell, Times Staff Writer
Occidental Petroleum Corp., riding a gusher of soaring oil prices, said Thursday that net profit rose 70% for the third quarter. The Los Angeles-based company, the fourth-largest oil producer in the U.S., said lower taxes and interest expenses and higher profit from sales of chemicals helped boost earnings. Net income rose to $758 million, or $1.88 a share, from the year-earlier $446 million, or $1.14 a share. Wall Street had expected $1.77 a share, according to Thomson First Call.
BUSINESS
January 9, 1992 | From Times Wire Services
Bulging inventories and mild weather pushed oil prices Wednesday to their lowest level since Iraq invaded Kuwait, dropping below $18 a barrel. Analysts said prices may hover at that level until the next OPEC meeting Feb. 12. Light, sweet crude oil for delivery in February settled at $17.87 per barrel, down 82 cents, at the New York Mercantile Exchange. Spot-month oil futures have not closed that low since July 11, 1990, when the final price was $17.47 a barrel.
BUSINESS
July 3, 1987
Oil prices gained as much as 20 cents a barrel after OPEC President Rilwanu Lukman predicted that demand for the cartel's oil would exceed its new production lid and be stronger than projected. United Arab Emirates Oil Minister Mana Said Otabia said his country, which has been violating its OPEC-assigned output quota, is "fully committed" to the new pact, the OPEC news agency reported. On the European spot market, the Emirates' Dubai Light--a major OPEC crude--climbed 10 cents a barrel to $17.
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