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This Week’s Market Buzz

• Oil prices are at three-year highs, as geopolitical risk and confidence in global growth continued to buoy markets. Light, sweet crude for February delivery rose $1.23, or 2 percent, to $62.96 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, the highest settle value since December 2014. Brent, the global benchmark, also closed at a three-year high, up $1.04, or 1.5 percent, to $68.82 a barrel.

• The Wisconsin Industrial Sand Association (WISA) is offering a Technical Seminar and Membership Meeting Feb. 8, 2018, at the Holiday Inn Eau Claire South, 4751 Owen Ayers Court, Eau Claire, Wis. The agenda is packed with experts covering many different topics including legislative and regulatory updates, and best management practices and technology used to minimize environmental impacts, ensure safe working conditions, and maximize transportation efficiencies. Lunch is included in the registration fee. For more information, the full agenda, and to register to attend, click here.

• U.S. Silica Holdings Inc. announced the promotion of Billy Ray Smith to senior vice president and president, Oil & Gas Proppants, effective Jan. 1, 2018. Smith succeeds Don D. Weinheimer, who will be retiring but will stay on for an interim period to support the transition as vice president of strategic marketing. Smith will join the company's executive management team and report to Brad Casper, executive vice president and chief commercial officer.