Chinese oil and gas majors PetroChina ( PTR) and Cnooc ( CEO) are reportedly close to inking a deal to buy liquefied natural gas (LNG) from Qatar to meet rising domestic demand, according to Bloomberg.

PetroChina has also asked Chevron ( CVX) to begin producing natural gas in southwestern China in 2009, as part of a deal singed last year, according to the company's Web Site. Shares of PTR fell 4.3% to $130.90 and shares of CEO closed lower by 3.8% at $152.78.

Leading the losers list among Chinese ADRs Wednesday were Agria ( GRO), which fell 11% to $4.85; China Eastern Airlines ( CEA), which dropped 7% to $44.50; China Finance Online ( JRJC), which shed 6.2% to $15.10; and Guangshen Railway ( GSH), which closed down 6.1% to $25.91.

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