News Highlights : Top Energy News of the Day

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News Highlights : Top Energy News of the Day
Saudi Aramco to Retain $75 Billion Dividend Despite Earnings Slump 

State-oil giant Saudi Aramco said it would keep its $75 billion dividend pledge despite a 44% drop in its 2020 profit, as the coronavirus pandemic and a price war roiled global oil markets.

Oil Snaps 5-Session Losing Streak 

WTI oil prices ended 2.4% higher at $61.42 a barrel, snapping a five-session losing streak and recouping some of yesterday’s 7.1% plunge.

U.S. Oil-Rig Count Rises by 9 in Latest Week, Baker Hughes Says 

The number of rigs drilling for oil in the U.S. grew by nine in the latest week to 318, according to oil-field services company Baker Hughes.

Oil Investors Hunt for Cash Gushers 

Investors are paying attention to how much cash energy companies can return to shareholders.

China Buys More Iranian and Venezuelan Oil, in a Test for Biden 

Rising oil shipments to China followed President Biden’s offer of relief to Iran in return for the country’s compliance with an international nuclear agreement and to Venezuela if it organized free elections, officials said.

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Oil Prices Fall on Fresh Fears of Dwindling Demand 

Oil prices fell more than 7% on Thursday, recording their biggest one-day drop since September as traders weighed signs that demand in Europe could falter and data showing that crude remains plentiful.

National Grid Plots Exit From Gas With Major Electricity Buy 

National Grid has agreed to buy Western Power Distribution, the U.K.’s largest electricity distribution business for GBP7.8 billion and sell a majority stake in its gas transmission operation.

Generate Capital Launches Credit Arm 

Investment firm Generate Capital is expanding its credit investments in sustainable infrastructure, creating a dedicated group for the strategy.

AIA Group Pulls Trigger on Coal Investment Exit 

AIA Group plans to divest itself entirely of its coal mining and coal-fired assets, in a move the insurer says will safeguard the sustainability of its investment portfolio.

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03-22-21 0015ET