Nigerian crude trade slows as IOC results awaited

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LONDON, June 4 - Traders waited for the results of two Indian IOC tenders on Thursday before resuming spot discussions on Nigerian crude while demand seemed to be slowing after a spike in the last month. 

* Around a dozen July loading Angolan cargoes remained. 
* Exxon Mobil was said to have sold a cargo of Dalia but further details did not immediately emerge. 
* Around two-thirds, or about 35 cargoes, of Nigeria's July programme was still available. 
* India's IOC has two buy tenders running, mostly seeking

West African crude. One is for 2 million barrels cargoes loading July 4-13 and the other for 1 million loading Aug. 1-10 and both are set to close on Friday.

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