BP'S PROFIT $1.5 BLN
BP - "Our year has started well. BP is focused on the disciplined delivery of our plans. First quarter earnings and cash flow were robust. We have shown continued operational momentum - it was another strong quarter for the Downstream and the first of our seven new Upstream major projects has started up, with a further three near completion. We expect these to drive a material improvement in operating cash flow from the second half" - Bob Dudley, group chief executive said.
- Underlying replacement cost profit for the first quarter was $1.5 billion.
- First quarter operating cash flow, excluding payments related to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill*, of $4.4 billion. Including these payments, operating cash flow* was $2.1 billion.
- Dividend unchanged at 10 cents per share.
- Reported oil and gas production was 3.5mmboe/d in the first quarter, 5% higher than same period in 2016.
- New Upstream major projects* on track: Trinidad onshore compression project started up, another in ramp-up, and two more in commissioning.
- Downstream marketing growth and strong operational performance.
- $1.7 billion divestment of BP’s interest in SECCO petrochemical joint venture, subject to regulatory approvals.
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U.S. DT - The sum total in September of all net foreign acquisitions of long-term securities, short-term U.S. securities, and banking flows was a net TIC outflow of $29.1 billion. Of this, net foreign private inflows were $23.5 billion, and net foreign official outflows were $52.7 billion.
U.S. FRB - Industrial production edged up 0.1 percent in October, as a gain for manufacturing outweighed decreases elsewhere. As a result of upward revisions primarily in mining, the overall index is now reported to have advanced at an annual rate of 4.7 percent in the third quarter, appreciably above the gain of 3.3 percent reported initially.
WNN - "nuclear energy is a "mature, low greenhouse gas emission source of baseload generation that could make an increasing contribution to global development based on low-carbon energy supply".
ARAB NEWS - Saudi Arabia has shown investment interest in Pakistan’s largest coastal refinery, a multibillion-dollar project being set up at Khalifa Point, near Hub, Balochistan, officials have confirmed.