|Contradiction is inherent in the corruption and tax evasion charges that landed, and have kept, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, former head of Yukos, behind bars in Siberia.|
Stocks fluctuate on Tuesday as oil prices move lower following days of gains.
CNOOC paid almost five times more than needed for one block, while Chevron, ExxonMobil and Total also coughed up for currently unprofitable deepwater reserves.
Stock futures edge higher on Tuesday as Apple climbs in premarket trading after assurances its Apple Watch was performing well in sales ahead of Christmas.
Stocks enjoyed another strong day on Wall Street as the financial sector pushed the S&P 500 higher.