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Saudis Threaten New Oil-Price War With OPEC Brethren

Saudi Arabia has threatened to ignite an oil-price war unless fellow OPEC members make up for their failure to abide by the cartel’s recent production cuts, delegates said.

During a June 18 OPEC video conference, Prince Abdulaziz signaled that the kingdom would sell its oil at a discount to undercut Angola and Nigeria, after the two delegations said they weren’t ready to commit to specific figures on curbs, according to the delegates.

The hard-line stance from OPEC’s de facto leader risks a new flare-up within the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries. It comes just months after Saudi Arabia waged a price war against longtime oil-market ally Russia following disagreements over how to supply global markets as the coronavirus spread.


U.S. Treasury to Lend $700 Million to Trucking Firm YRC Worldwide

The U.S. government plans to lend $700 million in coronavirus stimulus funds to trucking firm YRC Worldwide Inc., in exchange for a 29.6% equity stake in the company, the Treasury Department said Wednesday.

YRC generated $4.87 billion in operating revenue last year but has also struggled for years under a heavy debt load. The company employs about 30,000 workers, including 24,000 members of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters. It is the fifth-largest U.S. trucker by 2019 revenue, according to transportation research provider SJ Consulting Group Inc.

The loan is by far the biggest the government has extended to a U.S. business outside of the airline industry and the first loan the government has awarded from a special fund for firms with ties to the Defense Department.


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BBC: BP sells petrochemicals business to Ineos in $5bn deal

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