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Noble Group Buys Back Shares — Embattled commodities trader buys back 25 million of its shares HONG KONG-Commodities trader Noble Group Ltd. said Friday it had bought back 25 million of its own shares the previous day, when the embattled company's stock price surged 9.4%.

Asia’s Oil Giants Unlikely to Wade Into Merger Game Anytime Soon — Royal Dutch Shell PLC's megamerger with BG Group PLC is sparking hopes of a surge in oil and gas sector deal activity. But a history of poor deal-making when oil prices were at their peak may keep the state firms that dominate Asia's energy...

Australia Says Trade Pact Hinges on U.S. Political Will — HONG KONG-A landmark trade agreement between the U.S. and 11 Pacific countries could be completed within a month, but only if President Barack Obama receives authority from Congress to fast-track approval, Australia's trade minister, Andrew Robb, said Wednesday.

Total taps Chinese banks to fund Russian project — BEIJING - Total SA is pushing ahead with a $27 billion natural-gas project in the Russian Arctic, but it will seek a big chunk of the financing - as much as $15 billion worth - through Chinese banks in local currency and euros.

Total Seeks $10 Billion to $15 Billion in Chinese Financing for Russian Project — BEIJING-Total SA is seeking the equivalent of up to $15 billion in Chinese financing to fund its expansion in Russia, its chief executive said, as U.S. sanctions complicate the French oil giant's big bet there.

Noble’s Spat With Iceberg Highlights Barriers to Disclosure — HONG KONG-Once renowned for their secretive nature, companies that make billions of dollars shifting commodities around the world have been slowly emerging into the limelight in recent years. But a high-profile scrap between Hong Kong-based Noble Group Ltd.

Transocean CEO and President Steps Down — Transocean Ltd. said its president and chief executive, Steven Newman, will step down effective Monday. The international offshore drilling services company said Sunday that the move was mutually agreed by Mr. Newman and the board of directors, without giving a reason for the resignation. Ian Strachan, chairman of the board, will serve...

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Falling Oil Prices Test OPEC Unity — As global crude prices plunged earlier this month, Venezuela's foreign minister asked to see Saudi Arabia's top oil official at a climate-change conference on Margarita Island, off the South American coast. Ali al-Naimi, the Saudi oil minister, was expecting a plea to reduce oil output and bolster markets.

Severstal’s Mordashov: Confident in Russian Economy Despite Its Problems — The recent arrest of Russian billionaire Vladimir Yevtushenkov has stoked anxiety in the country's business community, according to Alexey Mordashov, the majority owner of steelmaker Severstal. Mr. Yevtushenkov, the largest shareholder in conglomerate Sistema, was placed under house arrest in September on suspicion of money laundering related to the company's purchase of oil company Bashneft in 2009.
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