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This Week’s Market Buzz

  • Victory Nickel Inc. announced that it has sold its interest in a partnership created to trade in commodities for Canadian $430,766 less fees and costs of approximately $73,000. “This sale will provide some working capital while the oil and gas price recovers and drilling and the related consumption of frac sand returns,” said Rene Galipeau, CEO. “As mentioned in our first quarter financial report, sales of frac sand are extremely slow. However, the company has approximately 35,000 tons of sand in inventory to be sold as the market recovers. Sale of this inventory should give us time to implement our operating plan to move forward and return to full production.”

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  • Oil is hovering at about $50 per barrel, down slightly on concern about the economic outlook following Britain's vote to leave the European Union. OPEC's oil output has risen in June to its highest in recent history. Nigeria's oil industry has partially recovered from militant attacks and Iran and Gulf members are now boosting supplies. Returning Nigerian supply will put pressure on prices, Goldman Sachs said, adding that outages caused by Canadian wildfires would virtually end by September. Brent crude was down $1 a barrel, or 2 percent, at $49.61.

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  • Oil prices turned higher as investors weighed data showing a drop in U.S. crude supplies against the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ decision not to freeze production. The U.S. data demonstrated how more than a year of low prices and spending cutbacks by oil companies are leading to shrinking supplies, helping reduce the oversupply of crude oil without intervention from OPEC. U.S. crude oil for July delivery recently rose 0.5 percent to $49.28 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange after being down for most of the session. Brent, the global benchmark, rose 0.9 percent to $50.17 a barrel on ICE Futures Europe.

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  • Crude oil could rise to $60 a barrel by the end of the year, even without any help from OPEC, new Saudi energy minister Khalid Al Falih told CNNMoney. Al Falih was speaking just after OPEC wrapped up a summit in Vienna. During the meeting, OPEC decided against implementing a cartel-wide production quota range, once again failing to reach an agreement to cap oil production. Al Falih said $60 oil by year end is "very possible" and higher prices in 2017 are also likely. He said supply and demand have "converged" and prices have been lifted by supply outages.

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  • According to Wisconsin Public Radio, a Wisconsin appeals court has upheld a Trempealeau County, Wis., decision denying a permit to open a new sand mine. The 3rd District Court of Appeals ruled against Iowa-based AllEnergy Sand. It had argued that a Trempealeau County environmental and land use committee in 2013 wrongly denied its permit to open the 550-acre sand mine and processing plant. A circuit court had affirmed the county committee's action in January 2015 and the appeals court upheld that ruling, saying the "decision was supported by substantial evidence."

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