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Saudi Aramco showed it has made significant progress in restoring damaged oil infrastructure to normal operation just a month after a devastating aerial attack halted production. But work remains to be done.
"Only a fool would attack 5% of global supplies," he told CBS. "The only strategic goal is to prove that they are stupid and that is what they did."
The past week's sudden surge in oil prices brought to mind the nightmare of shortages, but it's not too likely motorists will be queueing to fill up around the world, analysts say.
Billionaire oil baron Harold Hamm just had a very big day.
The US is publicly and in leaks to the press making the case that Iran struck Saudi oil sites, but it remains unclear what the next step will be.
Iran-backed Houthi rebels in Yemen claimed responsibility for the attack, but the US and Saudi Arabia are disputing that.
"This attack confirms some of the worst fears among militaries and law enforcement as to just how much damage one can do," an expert told Insider.
"The attacks came at a sensitive time for Aramco. The company could see its IPO valuation pulled lower as it prepares to go public," says on analyst.
Based on current data, the 95 octane petrol price was due for an 11% cut.
Nigeria has received a legal hiding after a UK court awarded a private company a $9.6bn judgment debt against the West African nation.
Saudi Arabia's crown prince warns in a 60 Minutes interview that oil prices could spike over tensions with Iran, and denies involvement in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi nearly one year ago.
The US and Saudi Arabia are looking for evidence proving Iranian culpability as the two countries weigh their responses to the debilitating attacks.
'We will continue to fulfill our mission of providing the energy the world needs,” Aramco's head told employees.
Drones have been used in attacks on Saudi airports, water facilities, and oil pipelines this year. Leaders knew their country was vulnerable.
Trump said it's "looking" as though Iran is responsible for the Saudi oil field attack but said he doesn't "want war with anybody."
Whether he's offering peace or leveling threats, Trump's inconsistency on Iran gives US allies and Tehran myriad reasons to doubt his words.
The record oil-price surge after a strike on a Saudi Arabian oil facility couldn’t come at a worse time for a world economy already in the grip of a deepening downturn.
International oil price jumped by close to 20% on Monday morning.
A senior US official told Reuters the attack on two Saudi oil facilities appears to have come from the direction of Iran, not the Yemeni Houthi group that claimed it.
Saudi Arabian stocks sank after drone strikes highlighted the vulnerability of the kingdom’s oil facilities to terror attacks.
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