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World

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait ended a five-year dispute over oil fields in a territory shared between the two countries, the latest sign of detente between Riyadh and its Persian Gulf neighbors.

U.S.

Lev Parnas and Igor Fruman leveraged their ties to seek a natural gas deal with Naftogaz. Their business plan, which was ultimately unsuccessful, ran in parallel with their efforts to prompt an investigation of Hunter Biden.

China

China’s efforts to wean itself off coal are losing steam, as the world’s biggest carbon emitter is putting economic growth and energy security above its ambitions to be a leader in combating climate change.

World

Saudi Arabia and Kuwait are this week set to end a five-year dispute over oil fields in a territory shared between the two countries,paving the way for the return of half a million barrels a day of output.

World

Russia and Ukraine clinched a transit agreement for gas deliveries to Europe, warding off massive disruptions in the new year and securing steady supplies, even as U.S. sanctions temporarily halted work on a new gas pipeline from Russia to Germany.

WSJ News Exclusive

The Trump administration is intervening to protect old-fashioned incandescent lightbulbs from rising energy-efficiency standards, part of a deregulatory push that 16 states have already challenged to uphold their efforts to fight climate change.

Commodities

Energy-market analysts are adjusting their oil supply-demand forecasts after an initial U.S.-China trade deal and OPEC supply cuts, but many still see global oil output keeping up with consumption next year.

Commodities

Oil prices swung between small gains and losses after government data showed that stockpiles last week fell less than some analysts had expected.

Journal Reports: Decade in Review

Shale drillers made the U.S. the globe’s top producer, but the boom is showing cracks as the decade ends.

Oil Markets

Some investors doubt long-awaited OPEC production cuts will be enough to push crude oil beyond its recent trading range.

Business

America’s hottest oil-drilling regions such as the Permian Basin in Texas are seeing their economies soften as shale producers slash spending, leading to emptier hotels, choosier employers and less overtime for workers.

Europe

European Union leaders agreed to cut the bloc’s greenhouse-gas emissions to net-zero by 2050, coupling efforts to fight climate change with a massive economic transition poised to test EU unity.

IPOs

The bulk of the banks leading the Aramco deal earned small fees of between $3 million and $4 million each for their roles in the IPO, according to people familiar with the matter.

Markets

Global oil stocks will still rise in the first quarter of 2020 despite attempts by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies to balance the market, the International Energy Agency said.

U.S.

Dominion Energy has struck a $200 million pact with a renewable energy producer and the Dairy Farmers of America to extract natural gas from cow manure.