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September 13, 2012 08:20 ET

Global Oil Demand Forecasted to Increase by 900,000 Barrels a Day in 2012

Five Star Equities Provides Stock Research on Rex Energy and Ivanhoe Energy

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Sep 13, 2012) - Oil and Gas exploration stocks have been on an impressive run as crude prices have rallied sharply in recent months. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration & Production ETF (XOP) has surged more than 22 percent in the last three months, handily outperforming the Dow Jones Industrial Average over the same period. Five Star Equities examines the outlook for companies in the Oil & Gas Industry and provides equity research on Rex Energy Corporation (NASDAQ: REXX) and Ivanhoe Energy Inc. (NASDAQ: IVAN) (TSX: IE).

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The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in their monthly report forecasted oil demand to rise in 2012 and the next. In their monthly report OPEC forecasted global oil demand to increase by 900,000 barrels a day in 2012 and another 800,000 in 2013. During August OPEC produced an average of 254,000 barrels more a day than in July for a total of 31.41 million barrels.

"It's been an impressive performance. And when you put this month's number up against OPEC's own prediction that it is going to need to produce about 30.5 million b/d in the fourth quarter, which is always the heaviest demand period of the year, it should ease fears of tight crude supplies," said John Kingston, Platts global director of news.

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Rex Energy is an independent energy company engaged in the acquisition, production, exploration and development of oil, natural gas and natural gas liquids. The company's strategy is focused on increasing production and proved reserves within the Appalachian and Illinois regions. Shares of the company have rallied over 30 percent in the last three months.

Ivanhoe Energy uses technologically innovative methods to significantly improve the development of heavy oil and other oil and gas assets. Primary among these is Ivanhoe's proprietary, patented heavy oil upgrading process called "HTL," or "Heavy-to-Light." The HTL process converts heavy oil to lighter, more valuable product that can be transported by pipeline without the need for light blend oils.

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