Oil Updates — Crude recovers; Russian firms halt publishing data; SCOR tightens oil sector cover

Update Oil Updates — Crude recovers; Russian firms halt publishing data; SCOR tightens oil sector cover
Brent crude futures for July were up $1.53, or 1.4 percent, at $110.64 a barrel at 0447 GMT, after falling by more than $1 earlier in the session
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Updated 19 May 2022

Oil Updates — Crude recovers; Russian firms halt publishing data; SCOR tightens oil sector cover

Oil Updates — Crude recovers; Russian firms halt publishing data; SCOR tightens oil sector cover
  • China is in talks with Russia to buy additional supplies of oil in order to add to its strategic crude inventories, Bloomberg reported

RIYADH: Oil prices rose on Thursday, recovering from early losses, on hopes that the planned easing of restrictions in Shanghai could improve fuel demand while lingering concerns over tight global supplies outweighed fears of slower economic growth.

Brent crude futures for July were up $1.53, or 1.4 percent, at $110.64 a barrel at 0447 GMT, after falling by more than $1 earlier in the session.

US West Texas Intermediate crude futures for June rose 93 cents, or 0.8 percent, to $110.52 a barrel, recovering from an early loss of more than $2. 

China in talks with Russia to buy oil for strategic reserves: Bloomberg

China is in talks with Russia to buy additional supplies of oil in order to add to its strategic crude inventories, Bloomberg reported quoting people familiar with the matter. 

According to the people, the crude would be used to fill China’s strategic petroleum reserves. 

These talks are being carried out at a government level with little direct involvement from oil companies, the people added.

Slovak refiner Slovnaft to start two-month outages

Slovak refinery Slovnaft, part of Hungarian oil and gas group MOL, will launch a planned outage for maintenance and upgrades on Friday, with a record number of 21 production units in two blocks being affected, the company said on Thursday.

The outages will take place in both its refining and petrochemical units, Slovnaft said, while it planned to invest 36 million euros in the summer maintenance, which is due to end on July 20.

Russian firms, entities halt publishing data amid sanctions

Oil pipeline monopoly Transneft has joined other Russian entities in curbing access to trade and financial data, sources told Reuters.

In the wake of Western sanctions imposed on Russia after it sent troops into Ukraine, the central bank said it would allow companies to withhold financial results.

Russian authorities are also allowing companies and banks to conceal information on securities issued and on their contractors.

Apart from Transneft, other companies that have stopped publishing data include Aeroflot, Alrosa, Gazprom, and Lukoil. 

Reinsurer SCOR tightens oil sector cover over carbon emissions

SCOR, the world’s fourth-biggest reinsurer, said on Wednesday it would stop covering new oil field production projects from 2023 unless the company involved had an acceptable plan to reach net-zero emissions by mid-century.

The move is the latest by a leading insurer to impose tighter policy conditions on coverage for the oil and gas sector, the main driver of man-made greenhouse gas emissions, as scientists warn faster action is needed on climate change.

It also follows an International Energy Agency report last year which said expansion of the oil and gas industry needed to cease if the world wanted to cap global warming at 1.5 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average.

SCOR said in a statement accompanying results of the French company’s annual general meeting that it aimed to double the amount of insurance coverage for low-carbon energies by 2025.

“SCOR believes that reaching net-zero can only be achieved by combining climate mitigation and climate adaptation measures, supported by strong engagement with clients and partners, and an active approach to transition,” it said.

(With input from Reuters) 


Saudi miner Ma’aden’s half-year profit more than triples to $1.7bn

Saudi miner Ma’aden’s half-year profit more than triples to $1.7bn
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Saudi miner Ma’aden’s half-year profit more than triples to $1.7bn

Saudi miner Ma’aden’s half-year profit more than triples to $1.7bn

RIYADH: Saudi Arabian Mining Co., better known as Ma’aden, saw its profit soar 232 percent to SR6.2 billion ($1.7 billion) during the first half of 2022, according to a bourse filing.


Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday 

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday 
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Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday 

Here’s what you need to know before Tadawul trading on Thursday 

RIYADH: Saudi stocks ended higher for a third straight day on Wednesday, thanks to strong earnings results from most listed companies.

TASI, the main index, gained 0.8 percent to close at 12,431 and the parallel Nomu market edged 0.13 percent higher to 22,227.

Most Gulf peers advanced in line with Saudi Arabia, led by a 0.8 percent gain for Abu Dhabi’s bourse.

Dubai, Oman, and Qatar added 0.3, 0.1, and 0.4 percent, respectively, while Bahrain and Kuwait were down 1 percent and 0.2 percent, respectively.

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Egypt’s EGX30 exited the session almost flat.

In energy trading, Brent crude was priced at $97.31 a barrel by 9:16 a.m. Saudi time on Thursday, while US West Texas Intermediate traded at $91.79 a barrel.

Stock news

ACWA Power Co. said that operations at Umm Al Quwain IWP were launched, with a production capacity of 682,000 cubic meters per day of desalinated potable water

ACWA Power recorded a 21 percent jump in profits to SR542 million ($144 million) for the first half of 2022

Savola Group entered an SR459 million agreement to sell its shares in Knowledge Economic City Co. and Knowledge Economic City Developers Co. Limited to Taiba Investment Co.

Astra Industrial Group reported a 202 percent profit surge to SR318 million for the first half of 2022

Saudi Co. for Hardware turned into losses of SR19 million during the first half of 2022. The company also appointed Sameer Alhamidi as vice chairman of the board effective Aug. 11

Saudi Vitrified Clay Pipes Co.'s net losses widened by 661 percent to SR9 million during the first half of 2022

Eastern Province Cement Co. posted a 41 percent profit drop to SR72 million

Walaa Cooperative Insurance Co. got the Capital Market Authority’s approval to increase its capital to SR850 million for the merger with SABB Takaful

Saudi Arabian Mining Co. announced that Mansourah & Massarah gold mine plant is near completion, adding that pre-commissioning activities started

Saudi Industrial Services Co.’s profit dropped 93 percent during the first half of 2022 to SR3.9 million

Calendar

August 14, 2022

Saudi Aramco will announce its financial results for the second quarter of 2022

Close of Naba Alsaha Medical Services Co.’s IPO subscription

August 15, 2022

Naqi Water Co. will start trading its shares on the Saudi Exchange’s main market

 


PIF-owned ACWA Power’s H1 profit jumps 21% to $144m

PIF-owned ACWA Power’s H1 profit jumps 21% to $144m
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PIF-owned ACWA Power’s H1 profit jumps 21% to $144m

PIF-owned ACWA Power’s H1 profit jumps 21% to $144m

RIYADH: ACWA Power Co., which is part-owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, has posted a 21 percent jump in profits to SR542 million ($144 million) for the first half of 2022, a bourse filing revealed.

Profits of the energy giant grew mainly in response to new projects beginning operations, which boosted income from equity-accounted investors, it said.

Most recently, ACWA Power announced the start of operations at a $797 million desalination plant in the UAE, namely Umm Al Quwain IWP.

With an SR251-billion portfolio, ACWA Power was the second largest utility company on the Saudi bourse after Saudi Electricity Co.


Naqi Water to debut on TASI market early next week following strong IPO

Naqi Water to debut on TASI market early next week following strong IPO
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Naqi Water to debut on TASI market early next week following strong IPO

Naqi Water to debut on TASI market early next week following strong IPO

RIYADH: Naqi Water Co. will start trading its shares on Saudi Arabia’s stock market on Aug. 15, after attracting huge demand during the initial public offering, according to a bourse filing.

The Saudi-based water producer generated SR560 million ($150 million) worth of subscriptions as it offered 600,000 shares to retail subscribers.

Prior to that, the final offer price was set at the top end of an indicated range of SR69, following a strong bidding period.

Naqi Water will float a 30 percent stake, representing six million shares, on the Kingdom’s main stock index TASI.


Savola Group to sell all shares in Knowledge Economic City for $122m

Savola Group to sell all shares in Knowledge Economic City for $122m
Updated 55 min 30 sec ago

Savola Group to sell all shares in Knowledge Economic City for $122m

Savola Group to sell all shares in Knowledge Economic City for $122m

RIYADH: Savola Group has entered into an SR459-million ($122 million) agreement to sell its stake in Knowledge Economic City Co. and Knowledge Economic City Developers Co. Limited.

This move came in light of Salove’s strategy of focusing on investing in its main operations in the food and retail sectors, while ending investments in non-core businesses, the group said in a bourse filing.

Knowledge Economic City is owned by Savola Group directly and indirectly at an approximate share of 11.47 percent.

Knowledge Economic City’s shares ended Wednesday’s trading session 6.12 percent higher at SR14.56.