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Commodities

Monday, May 30, 2016

Smart Oil Traders Who Realize This Pattern Could Make a Killing / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Graham_Summers

The markets are tracking the same pattern that played out in 2015.

Most market action (more than 80%) today is driven by computer algorithms. These programs look for an asset class that is moving, and then buy based on the momentum.

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Commodities

Friday, May 27, 2016

Oil Climbs over $50: Can Investors Bank on a Recovery? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

The price of a barrel of oil has almost doubled from its low of $28 at the start of the year, prompting speculation that a recovery is underway, which may result in the revival of companies in the exploration, production and services sectors that have foundered since prices collapsed in 2015.

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Commodities

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Black Swan Spotter...Which Saw the Oil-Crash coming; now says the “Invisible Hand” will push Brent to $85 by Christmas / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

This is a long article...in summary:

 

The Short Story:

  • $85 by Christmas 2016 sounds as far-fetched as the notion that when Oil was $100-Plus, it would crash!
  • The Big Idea then, was that was a classic price bubble – and bubbles always bust
  • That was based on a boring valuation for “Other-Than-Market-Value” (OTMV) done in line with very boring International Valuation Standards; nothing radical, no Black Magic, no Black Swans  http://www.romacor.ro/legislatie/08-ivs2.pdf
  • The “alleged” price-bubble, led “allegedly” to over-investment which led to over-supply
  • That was probably thanks to central banks printing money to stimulate what Ludwig Von Mises called “mal-investment”, which is why you have central banks and “God’s Workers” ordained by Goldman Sachs
  • The over-supply eventually caused a bust, predictably
  • And then “over-investors” (and/or their banks), lost their shirts. That’s normal, it happens all the time; the only question is who pays; the latest idea of the Fed  is the grand-children do.
  • The model says bubble/bust is zero-sum and so the bust is over; because the supervisor of God’s Workers says so
  • OTMV today appears to be about $85, so that’s where the price is headed now
  • Unless shale oil comes back in a big way – that’s the only caveat.
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Commodities

Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Why China Is Really Dictating the Oil Supply Glut / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Ship tracking data from Bloomberg shows that 83 supertankers carrying around 166 million barrels of oil are headed to China, which has stockpiled an impressive 787,000 barrels a day in the first quarter of 2016—the highest stockpiling rate since 2014.

While the world was speculating about oil prices plunging to $20 and $10 per barrel, China was busy stockpiling its reserves.

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Low Prices for Oil Cure Low Prices for Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Veteran investor Bob Moriarty discusses one company that is poised to benefit from the volatililty in the oil markets.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Crude Oil: See How Elliott Waves Prepare You for Trend Changes - Video / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

"Trend is your friend"? Yes -- but how do you know when a trend may end? Watch.

Back in February, when crude oil prices fell to $26 a barrel, you may remember a chorus of mainstream opinions suggesting that it had further to fall. Yet, oil prices shot up 60% since then.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Crude Oil Price Double Top or Further Rally? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions (with a stop-loss order at $48.56 and initial downside target at $35.24) are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil increased after the market's open, approaching Thursday's high, the commodity gave up some gains in the following hours weakened by the strengthening U.S. dollar. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude closed another day under the resistance line. Will it be strong enough to stop oil bulls in the coming days?

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News_Letter

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Crude Oil Price Crash Triggering Global Instability, Trend Forecast 2016 / News_Letter / Crude Oil

By: NewsLetter

The Market Oracle Newsletter
Jan 17th, 2016 Issue # 2 Vol. 10
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Commodities

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Crude Oil Complacency Climbs / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: AnyOption

US production at 18-month lows was partly behind the recent surge in crude oil prices following yet another report of building onshore inventories.  Despite the veritable flood of crude oil prices hitting global markets, crude prices continue to rise amid rising speculation that key global producers will elect to increase production even further.  Since the freeze deal fell through, Russia has underlined its doubts that any such agreement will be possible, potentially paving the way for OPEC members to further stray from a single policy, opting instead to put national interests ahead of economic rationality.  While prices have jumped to the highest levels since November on new forecasts that anticipate a rebalancing of the market my 2017, complacency amongst traders continues to grow as problematic fundamental conditions remain intact.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Gold and Crude Oil - What Can We Infer from This Relationship? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Although the world's largest oil-producing countries met this weekend in Doha, they failed to reach a deal to freeze output at Jan levels as Saudi deputy crown prince Mohammed bin Salman sustained earlier statement that Saudi Arabia would freeze the level of its oil production only if all other major producers (including Iran) did the same. Although Iran supported the freeze, the country didn't agree to cut production until it raises its output to around 4 million barrels per day (to the pre-sanctions levels). What does it mean for crude oil? In our opinion, such developments suggest a renewed battle for crude market share, which would likely translate into lower values of the commodity in the coming days or even weeks. Will our interesting ratios confirm this scenario? Let's jump right into charts (chart courtesy of http://stockcharts.com) and find out.

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Commodities

Friday, April 08, 2016

Crude Oil Price $85 Forecast By Christmas / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

After a 50 percent rally in oil prices between February and March, crude has retreated a bit as of late. The upcoming OPEC-Russia meeting in Doha looms over the markets, but few expect the outcome to have any material impact on supply and demand. Global supply still exceeds demand, but there are solid signs that the overhang is finally starting to ease. Storage levels are high, but are expected to come down.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

The Outlook for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Light crude oil prices (WTI) has remained in a downward trend since mid-2014. With its fresh new low in Q1, 2016 and price resistance now building at $42.40, the outlook remains negative.

The U.S. dollar's impact continues to play out against the commodity.
With the improving economic status of the U.S. coupled with a Fed agenda of gradual interest rate increases this year, the currency remains with a steady tailwind (Chart 1).

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Crude Oil Price One-Day Rally or Something More / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil moved lower after the market’s open weakened by an unexpected decline in monthly U.S. gasoline demand. Despite this drop, the commodity reversed and rebounded in the following hours. As a result, light crude gained 3.10% and invalidated earlier breakdown. What does it mean for oil bulls?

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Commodities

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Crude Oil Price Meets Support / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.
On Tuesday, crude oil lost 2.06% ahead of the American Petroleum Institute's weekly inventory report. Thanks to this drop, light crude closed another day under $39, but reached important support zone. Will it encourage oil bulls to act in the coming days?

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

U.S. Lifted The Crude Oil Export Ban, And Exports Went…Down / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Just over three months after the authorities lifted the four-decade ban on crude oil exports, the U.S. has actually exported less this year than it did over the same period the year before, when the ban was still in place.

According to Clipper Data market intelligence cited by the Financial Times, we've seen a 5 percent decline in U.S. crude oil export volumes since the beginning of this year. The data suggests that on average we are exporting (waterborne) 325,000 barrels per day now, compared to 342,000 barrels per day during the first months of 2015.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 24, 2016

The Current Oil Price Rally Is Reaching Its Limits / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Oil prices have climbed by about 50 percent from their February lows, topping $40 per barrel. But the rally could be reaching its limits, at least temporarily, as persistent oversupply and the prospect of new shale production caps any potential price increase.

U.S. oil production has steadily lost ground over the past two quarters, with production falling more than a half million barrels per day since hitting a peak at nearly 9.7 million barrels per day (mb/d) in April 2015. American oil companies have gutted their budgets and have put off drilling plans, with many projecting absolute declines in 2016.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Is This The End for Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sol_Palha

"The end is never as satisfying as the journey. To have achieved everything but to have done so without integrity and excitement is to have achieved nothing." ~ Anonymous

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Commodities

Monday, March 21, 2016

Crude Oil Price – North or South? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil lost 1.30% after unexpected increase in U.S. oil rig counts. As a result, light crude slipped under $42 and closed the day under the previously-broken 61.8% Fibonacci retracement. What’s next for the commodity?

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Commodities

Monday, March 21, 2016

Crude Oil Price Action & Forecast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Recently, Light Crude has seen a dramatic 35%+ increase in value.  As the current price continue to flirt with $40 per barrel, the likelihood of a further price rise is on everyone’s mind.  With recent lows near $26 per barrel, what is the possibility that oil will form a base above $30 and attempt a rally?

Historically, the 2009 low price for oil was $33.20.  This level should be viewed as a key level of support for current price action.  The recent price rotation below this level is a sign that oil prices are under extreme pressure in the current economic environment with a supply glut and slower than expected demand.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Oil Price Won't Stage A Serious Rebound Until This Happens / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Oil prices have shown signs of life over the past few weeks, as production declines in the U.S. raise expectations that the market is starting to adjust. As a result, Brent crude recently surpassed $40 per barrel for the first time in months.

A growling list of companies are capitulating, announcing production cuts for 2016. Continental Resources, for example, could see output fall by 10 percent. A range of other companies have made similar announcements in recent weeks. The energy world has been speculating about declines from U.S. shale, and the declines are finally starting to show up in the data.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Crude Oil Price Due for a Pit Stop / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ed_Carlson

Crude gained $2.58 last week to close at 38.50 - on the declining trendline and the 50% retracement of the October decline. My bandwidth indicator has turned down indicating that the rally is long-in-the-tooth. On Friday, crude tested 39.00 which makes the February rally equal to 150% of the January rally; a natural stopping point.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Crude Oil Price Technical Juncture / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil gained 1.24% as rig count declined to the lowest level ever. Thanks to this news, light crude hit a fresh March high, but will we see further rally in the coming week?

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Commodities

Saturday, March 12, 2016

$67 Crude Oil Price Has All The Majors Converging Here / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Argentina offers one of the few places on earth where oil companies are not suffering from the full force of the collapse in prices.
Argentina regulates oil prices, a policy originally intended to insulate the public from the whims of the market, protecting people from triple-digit crude prices. But with the crash in prices since mid-2014, the effect of the regulation has reversed: motorists are now effectively subsidizing the oil industry.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Why Oil Booms And Busts Happen / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

What if I told you that there was a period in history where oil demand declined by 5 million barrels per day and non-OPEC supply increased by 5 million barrels per day, yet oil price rallied more than 50 percent? Would you believe me? If your answer is yes, then you guessed right. This was the period from 1979 to 1985; it was a period during which global oil demand declined from over 61 million barrels to 56 million barrels and non-OPEC supply increased from 32 million barrels to 37 million barrels. Yet prices rallied from $17 a barrel in 1979 to $26 a barrel in 1985, while reaching as high as $35 in 1981.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Who Will Be Left Standing At The End Of The Oil War / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

This is a financial cold war—nothing more, nothing less.

While there are billions of reasons to cut output, and every major producing country is reeling from the loss of revenues, some are weathering the current bust better than others, but the devil is in the details, and the details contain tons of variables.

Production cost and breakeven figures that analysts enjoy bandying can trap you in bubble of black-and-white mathematics that is a few brush-strokes shy of a full picture.

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Commodities

Monday, February 22, 2016

Crude Oil Price Bottom, Forecast to Double Before End of 2016 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price last close of $32 stands $6 higher than its recent multi-year bear market low of $26. Whilst little has changed fundamentally so far in terms of supply i.e. OPEC and others are still pumping flat out and Iran continues to ramp up production, nevertheless demand destruction of many smaller oil producers operating at below break even prices is finally starting to be discounted by the market.

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Commodities

Saturday, February 20, 2016

OPEC Lost the Shale-Oil-War: Deflation Looms / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

In the unspoken plan to shut down what the oil-aristocrats called, “high cost producers”, let’s call that the Shale-Oil-War, the war-word was never mentioned.

But it was war and there were casualties, Big-Time. There will be more bankruptcies in the Exploration and Production (E&P) sector and painful write-downs by the banks who supported it; many once oil-rich countries have been pushed into recession and the ripples are traveling down the value chain...there are long lines of cold-stacked brand-new drilling barges built on credit, closed steel plants and the mines that fed them, all the way through to the FAO Food-price Index that tracks oil prices. No wonder China is in some sort of recession, they were the final assembly point for a good part of the stuff you need to get oil out of the ground.

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Commodities

Friday, February 12, 2016

T. Boone Pickens On Obama Oil Tax: "Dumbest Idea Ever" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The Obama administration's proposed $10.25 per barrel oil tax adds up to approximately $32 billion a year, and critics are coming out of the woodwork in defense of both the oil industry and end users who would foot the bill for transportation system reforms-but it may be a moot point since the effort will simply be killed off by Congress.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Crude Oil Price Continues to Drill Downward / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ed_Carlson

Last week's forecast for a high in the Dow on February 1st was a perfect hit. As of last Friday, the Dow has fallen 438 points since last Monday's high.

Crude spent last week trying to breakout from the 34-dma but, in the end, fell $2.73/bbl. for the week closing at 30.89 and printed an engulfing bearish candlestick on the weekly chart.

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Commodities

Monday, February 08, 2016

Crude Oil's True Message / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Michael_Pento

The pervasive narrative on Wall Street is that the collapse in oil prices will, any second now, restore consumers to their profligate spending ways. In fact, financial pundits have been calling for plunging energy prices to imminently rescue the economy for the past 18 months. Most importantly, these same gurus, who love to espouse the benefits of a collapse in oil prices, never connect the dots to what this collapse says about the state of global growth. Instead they argue it is solely a function of a supply glut that is the result of increased production.

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Commodities

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Why Crude Oil Prices Could Continue FALLING From Here / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Jesse

By Brett Eversole

Oil prices HAVE to go higher... Or do they?
 
Crude oil is already down 17% this year. It broke into the $20 range last month. And the total fall since July 2014 is 72%.
 
You (and nearly everyone else) expect much higher oil prices after a crash like we've seen. But that's the problem...
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Commodities

Friday, February 05, 2016

Crude Oil Price Bottoms and Blues / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DeviantInvestor

Crude oil prices have dropped from about $106 in June of 2014 to briefly under $30 in January of 2016 – down about 74% peak to trough.  This appears to be an on-going disaster for oil companies, the banks who loaned money to frackers, oil exporting countries, global stock markets and others.

Conventional wisdom suggests that crude oil prices will stay low for a long time because of low demand (global recession), huge supply (Iran, fracking, etc.), decline in commodity prices globally, and at least ten more reasons.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2016 As Good As It Gets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Joseph_Russo

In observing the enormous triple digit percentage gains achieved amid Crude Oil's northward thrusts versus its debilitating double digit losses during its major spills, it becomes rather clear why market participants prefer buying low in a newly forming bull market vs. selling short at the onset of a bear market.

On a relative basis, in the not too distant future, a cyclical bottom will form and the long-term trend in Crude will reverse to the upside - providing bullish speculators with yet another rare opportunity at the chance of humongous triple digit upside returns.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Will Crude Oil Prices Rebound in 2016? 60 Reasons Why Investors Should Hang On / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Inventories will continue to rise, but the momentum is slowing.
The following are some observations as to how we got here and how we're gonna get out.

9 reasons why oil has taken so long to bottom:

1. OPEC increased production in 2015 to multiyear highs, principally in Saudi Arabia and Iraq where production between the two added 1.5 million barrels per day (mb/d) to inventories after the no cut stance was adopted.

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Commodities

Saturday, January 23, 2016

Will Crude Oil Prices Rebound in 2016? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Oilprice.com recently spoke with Carl Larry, Director of Oil and Gas at Frost & Sullivan, a consultancy that conducts research on oil and gas markets, to get his thoughts on the state of oil in 2016.

Oilprice.com: I saw that you were on Bloomberg in December, and you said that you thought oil would go to the low $30s per barrel, which was a good call at the time, before OPEC would sort of relent. Do you see any chance that OPEC can actually coordinate any production cuts?

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Commodities

Friday, January 22, 2016

Crude Oil Price Bear Market Bottom? As WTIC Pops Back Over $30 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price hit a new low on Wednesday of just under $27, prompting many doom merchants to emerge to proclaim / reaffirm that $20 and even $10 is on the horizon. However, on following day the oil price rallied strongly to just shy of $30 to end Thursday at $29.85 and this morning has popped just above $30 to currently stand at $30.20. With the key question being asked is are we witnessing the early stages of an oil price bottom (WTIC) or is this just a few days of calm before the next oil price crash storm?

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Commodities

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Crude Oil Foretells Additional Ruble Losses / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: AnyOption

Warnings from the IEA and new lows in key global benchmarks continues to weigh on the outlook for energy prices, hurting the foremost global oil and gas exporters.  Russia has experienced a reversed rags to riches tale over the last two years as the impact of sanctions and the slump in the energy patch have kept the Ruble under extreme pressure.  The underperformance continues to echo the losses in oil prices as the supply and demand imbalance remains largely unchanged, only set to grow in coming months with the expansion of Iranian crude oil exports.  With market dynamics expected to be weak and existing projections forecasting no rebound in prices, the weakness in the Ruble is only likely to accelerate over time, matching losses in oil prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Will the Crude Oil Price Crash become even Worse in 2016? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sol_Palha

A patient mind is the best remedy for trouble- Plaut

2015 was not a good year for speculators trying to time the oil markets.  Oil kept cutting through each support level like a hot knife cutting through butter. It would give the appearance that it was ready to mount a rally, but that rally would fade, and oil prices would drift lower.  We penned an article in Nov of last year, where we stated that oil would have to close above $50 on a weekly basis for it to see higher prices.  However, it failed to do that and drifted lower.  When it closed below $32 on a weekly basis, it neutralized any tiny bullish signals it was issuing in 2015.  Is oil close to putting in a bottom or will it once again let everyone down and plunge into a series of new lows.  There is a saying that the cure for low prices is lower prices and vice versa; having said, that we expect one final wave of selling before oil bottoms out and starts to trend slowly upwards.  We do not expect any violent upward reversals unless the situation between Iran and Saudi heats up to the point that a new war breaks out.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Crude Oil Hit $32... But The Worst Is Yet To Come / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Harry_Dent

On August 5 last year I forecast that oil would hit $32 or a bit lower by January.

And it’s happened right on cue!

Along with iron ore and coal (down 70%-plus), oil has been one of the worst-performing commodities – down 80% from its 2008 top. And ultimately it’s headed lower, all the way to $10 or $20. I’ve been saying this since oil was $115, and look where we are now!

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Oil price Slump Leads To Shale 2.0, The Great Crew Change, And COP21 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Alfidi Capital writes: The oil sector's bear attack shows no signs of abating. OPEC's Saudi-led push for huge overproduction is driving the US shale sector to the brink of collapse. The post-crash survivors can benefit from "Shale 2.0" technologies that keep their costs down. They will need every advantage they can get when the "Great Crew Change" makes finding human talent harder and the UN's COP21 protocols make hydrocarbon production less desirable.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Crude Oil Price Stabilises above $30 Following New U.S. Sanctions Imposed on Duped Iran / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price reversed direction Monday to climb back above $30 (WTIC) as the market has started to discount the probability that the Iranians have been duped into given up nuclear weaponry, in a perpetual U.S. game of sanctions for ever for the purpose of Iran being systematically disarmed of it's military capacity much as Iraq was disarmed before a pretext for invasion was manufactured by the Intelligence Agencies all to appease the Saudi and Israeli fundamentalist states (Islamic and Jewish).

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Commodities

Monday, January 18, 2016

Crude Oil Price Trend Forecast 2016 - Video By Nadeem Walayat / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

After a savage bear market for the oil market for the whole of 2015, the crude oil price has got 2016 off with a bang by plunging to just below $30 before recovering at the last close to $30.68 (WTIC). One does not need to look far for the negative fundamentals that are driving the oil price into dust. Fundamentals such as the sharp slowdown in the Chinese economy, fundamentals such as the apparent oil war that Saudi Arabia is engaged in with the United States shale oil industry and now added to are fundamentals of lifting of sanctions against Iran that can literally immediately flood the oil market with 50 million barrels of crude oil in storage and looks set to up its output by 1m b/d this year.

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Commodities

Sunday, January 17, 2016

Crude Oil Price Crash Triggering Global Instability, Trend Forecast 2016 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price collapse of 2015 has continued into 2016 with the price of oil plunging to a 12 year low of just under $30 per barrel as a consequence of a perfect storm of falling demand, primarily due to the slowing Chinese economy and relentlessly rising output that is not just limited to the usual OPEC suspects but is as the natural consequences of the fracking boom that continued to ripple out from the US to across the world during 2015.

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Politics

Friday, January 15, 2016

Re-Covering Oil and War / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

The first thing that popped into our minds on Tuesday when WTI oil briefly broached $30 for its first $20 handle in many years, was that this should be triggering a Gawdawful amount of bets, $30 being such an obvious number. Which in turn would of necessity lead to a -brief- rise in prices.

Apparently even that is not so easy to see, since when prices did indeed go up after, some 3% at the ‘top’, ‘analysts’ fell over each other talking up ‘bottom’, ‘rebound’ and even ‘recovery’. We’re really addicted to that recovery idea, aren’t we? Well, sorry, but this is not about recovering, it’s about covering (wagers).

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Commodities

Friday, January 15, 2016

Oil Wars 2016 - US vs Russia vs Saudi Arabia vs Iran / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The oil price collapse is having a devastating impact on ALL of the worlds major oil producers as it's not just a case of what is the break-even price but the price necessary to finance government budgets that are now in deep deficits which has been triggering increasing global instability as the price has slid to $30. In fact the budgets of virtually every major oil producer requires an oil price north of $80 just to break-even. With several such as Russia requiring $100+. Furthermore the oil price slump of 2015 has played a large part in sparking economic mass migration out of African oil producers such as Nigeria whose government requires an oil price of $120 to balance it's budget.

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Commodities

Friday, January 15, 2016

War Between Saudi Arabia And Iran Could Send Oil Prices To $250 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The rift between Saudi Arabia and Iran has quickly ballooned into the worst conflict in decades between the two countries.

The back-and-forth escalation quickly turned the simmering tension into an overt struggle for power in the Middle East. First, the execution of a prominent Shiite cleric prompted protestors to set fire to the Saudi embassy in Tehran. Saudi Arabia cut off diplomatic relations and kicked out Iranian diplomatic personnel. Tehran banned Saudi goods from entering Iran. Worst of all, Iran blames Saudi Arabia for an airstrike that landed near its embassy in Yemen.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Crude Oil Price Crash Catastrophe, Independant Scotland Literally Begging to Rejoin the UK / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The oil price collapse of 2015 has continued into 2016 with the price of oil plunging to a 12 year low of $29, less than 1/3rd of just over a year ago at the time of the Scottish Independence mania that surrounded the Independence Referendum on the backs of an oil price of over $100 which had the Scottish Nationalists fantasising of the oil price heading to $120 and beyond, as part of painting a propaganda picture of an Independent Scotland Utopia to be built on tens of billions of free money each year in the form of tax revenues from a perpetually expanding north sea oil industry. Not only were the nationalist convinced of the oil price soaring soaring into the stratosphere but would heavily round on anyone that suggested that oil prices could actually fall as being Unionist propaganda.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Peak Bull Crap - How Oil Futures Curve Have Little Predictive Value / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

The oil market is the hot market right now from a news generation standpoint. But there are a lot of people writing and even trading in the oil market that frankly don`t have any clue what they are talking about. I have read some real rubbish the last few months regarding the oil market, and with the recent fall in prices, the last few days have been characterized by peak bull crap. Maybe if anything else this is an indication of the bottoming process in oil. Sort of like all those do it yourself Gold Mining shows hitting the reality television scene pretty much nailing the near term top in the gold market.
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Commodities

Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Here is How You Fix the Oil Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

The Mining Industry Approach

I hate always being the smartest person in the room, because I end up doing my job and everyone else`s as well. But here is a giant freebie for all those stupid, clueless oil executives out there in North America. What you are currently doing - or not doing by being effectively a deer stuck in headlights - isn`t working. You cannot take a clue from the miserable strategy employed be the mining industry where they are waiting for each other to go out of business, meanwhile the entire industry as a group is sinking like the Titanic.
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Commodities

Monday, January 11, 2016

Crude Oil Price Closed Week under 2009 Low! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions (with a stop-loss order at $39.12) are justified from the risk/reward perspective.
On Friday, crude oil lost 1.14% as concerns over a global supply glut, the situation in China and the Middle East continued to weigh on investors sentiment. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude closed the week under the 2009 low. Does it mean that we’ll see a test of the barrier of $30 in the coming weeks?

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Commodities

Friday, January 08, 2016

That`s the Bottom in the Crude Oil Price, Clear Out Weak Hands in the Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

On Wednesday the oil market sold off to $33.77 on large product`s builds, China`s devaluation of its currency, and a substantial selloff in equities. Sure Oil can go a dollar below this low, but for all intents and purposes this is the bottom in the oil selloff that was predicted for the start of the year. This move down was as predictable a move as there is in financial markets, and we called this down move to start the year with a piece we issued in December.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Crude Oil Price Breakdown! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions (with a stop-loss order at $39.12 and an initial downside target at $33.66) are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil lost 2.47% as a stronger greenback pushed the price lower. As a result, light crude extended losses and broke below important support line. What impact could it have on future moves?

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Commodities

Thursday, January 07, 2016

Crude Oil Price Tanks but Oil Tankers are Filling Up and Raking it In / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sol_Palha

"A man, when he wishes, is the master of his fate." ~ Jose Ferrer

While oil continues to drop, there is one sector connected to the oil market that is doing rather well. It is the oil tanker sector, and while oil is trading at 11-year lows, many stocks in this sector are already posting double digits gains over the past 12 months. This sector looks appealing both from the Contrarian and Mass psychology perspective for the following reasons.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 05, 2016

Hedge Funds Remain Bullish Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dan_Norcini

Just as the case with Silver, so do the hedge funds remain stubbornly long in crude oil.

Here is the updated COT chart as of last Tuesday, December 29, 2015.

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Commodities

Monday, January 04, 2016

Saudi Arabia and OPEC Manipulate Oil Prices to Eliminate It’s Competition / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

About eighteen months ago the international price of WTI Crude Oil, at the close of June 2014, was $105.93 per barrel. Flash-forward to today; the price of WTI Crude Oil was just holding above $38.00 per barrel, a drastic fall of more than 65% since June 2014. I will point out several reasons behind this sharp, sudden, and what now seems to be prolonged slump.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Crude Oil and Gold – What Can We Infer from This Relationship? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions (with a stop-loss order at $39.12 and an initial downside target at $33.66) are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil moved higher yesterday, the key resistance lines continue to keep gains in check. What does it mean for the commodity? Will the oil-to-gold ratio give us more clues about future moves?

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

The Crude Oil Price 2016 Prediction Game / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Anybody who tells you they know where the oil market is headed for 2016 is inexperienced, too stupid to realize there are far too many variables in play that are unknowable to predict with any accuracy their effects on other variables in the oil equation, talking their own respective books, just piling in with the recent herd mentality on the street, giving an opinion about as valid as the best paint color for a room, or like to see themselves on television talking about the hot market moving topic du jour.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

$10 Trillion Investment Needed To Avoid Massive Oil Price Spike Says OPEC / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

OPEC says that $10 trillion worth of investment will need to flow into oil and gas through 2040 in order to meet the world’s energy needs.

The OPEC published its World Oil Outlook 2015 (WOO) in late December, which struck a much more pessimistic note on the state of oil markets than in the past. On the one hand, OPEC does not see oil prices returning to triple-digit territory within the next 25 years, a strikingly bearish conclusion. The group expects oil prices to rise by an average of about $5 per year over the course of this decade, only reaching $80 per barrel in 2020. From there, it sees oil prices rising slowly, hitting $95 per barrel in 2040.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Congress Eliminates U.S. Export Oil Ban / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: BATR

If you want to know how the “so called” Free Trade exponents think about exports, just analyze the impact and actual beneficiaries of the US House passes bill to lift 40-year ban on oil exports.

“The crude export restrictions were introduced in the US in 1975 in the middle of the energy crisis. They followed OPEC’s oil embargo of the US and other countries backing Israel during the Arab–Israeli war of 1973. In the face of embargo-related high oil prices, Washington eased the limits on oil imports and ordered an export ban.”

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Commodities

Thursday, December 17, 2015

How Much Oil Is Needed To Power Santa's Sleigh? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Every year around the world, hundreds of millions of children wait anxiously for Santa Claus to arrive and bring presents and good cheer. But what if Santa never came? What if this year the reindeer all fall ill, perhaps due to Crazy Reindeer disease (the analog to Mad Cow) and Santa is forced to cancel Christmas? The result would be devastating.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Will Lower Crude Oil Prices Cause the Fed to Delay Tightening? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Kirtley

The FOMC has been moving towards the beginning of a new tightening cycle for a considerable amount of time. Throughout this year Fed statements and the accompanying press conferences have been preparing the markets for the first rate hike. Since the October FOMC various Fed speakers have signalled to the market that the first hike would come at the December meeting, which is this week.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Crude Oil Extends Losses / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil lost 3.34% as a bearish report from the International Energy Agency added to worries over a supply glut and affected negatively investors' sentiment. In this environment, light crude dropped to a fresh 2015 low, slipping to the lowest level since Feb 2009. What's next?

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Commodities

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Are Low Crude Oil Prices a 'Boom Or A Curse' For The World Economy? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

The energy markets are tanking and are at levels that have not been seen since "The Recession" of 2009. Opinions are divided on the effects of the fall. Some say it is good for consumers, whereas, others say it is bad for the global economy. This article will analyze the overall effects of low crude oil prices on the industry, the major oil-producing nations, consumers and the overall global economy. The severity of the fall can be seen in the chart below.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 08, 2015

Crude Oil Price Under $40! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $54.12 and initial (!) target price at $35.72 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil reversed and declined sharply after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries' decision to keep production high weighed on investors' sentiment. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude lost 2.74% and slipped under the barrier of $40 once again. What's next?

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Politics

Friday, December 04, 2015

Why Is The U.S. Reluctant To Bomb ISIS Oil Fields? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

There has been some revealing new information coming out recently regarding the strategy against ISIS. One aspect many find troubling is the apparent failure of U.S. and coalition forces to sufficiently target and destroy oil infrastructure located in ISIS territory, which accounts for a significant portion of the terror group's annual income. The argument goes, if we want to impact their operations, we should target their primary sources of income, and choke off their operational funds. So, why does ISIS oil infrastructure still stand? Is this the result of an intelligence failure? Negligence? Or, is there a more purposeful reason?

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

ISIS, Turkey And Oil – The Bigger Picture: Interview With Pelicourt / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As the terrorist attack in Paris sparks worldwide fear of similar reprisals and a bloody shootout and hostage situation in a five-star Mali hotel exacerbates those concerns, global energy security reels under the pressure of unfathomable geopolitics. In an exclusive interview with Oilprice.com, Robert Bensh—managing director and partner at Pelicourt, a Western-owned oil and gas company navigating tricky conflict zones—discusses:

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Crude Oil Erases Price Gains / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $54.12 and initial (!) target price at $35.72 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil lost 3.31% as a stronger greenback weighed on the price of the commodity. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude moved away from its key resistance area and closed another week below it. Will this event encourage oil bears to act in the coming days?

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Commodities

Friday, November 20, 2015

Crude Oil Price - Where is it Headed? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sol_Palha

All this talk and turmoil and noise and movement and desire is outside of the veil; within the veil is silence and calm and rest. ~ Bayazid Al-Bistami

On the 19th of this month, two articles were published at the same time, one stating that oil could go to $26 and the other stating that oil is ready to trade to $80. Which one is it going to be, $26 or $80 and how is the average Joe going to be able to discern which one is a depiction of what lies ahead. This is the problem with today's mass media, in their quest to attract eyeballs, bombastic and often conflicting articles are published simultaneously. One almost feels that most of the major sites have only one agenda, quantity over quality.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Saudis Planning For A War Of Attrition In Europe With Russia's Oil Industry / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Russia's central bank recently warned about the growing financial risks to the Russian economy from Saudi Arabia encroaching upon its traditional export market for crude oil. Russia sends 70 percent of its oil to Europe, but Saudi Arabia has been making inroads in the European market amid the oil price downturn.

The result is a heavier discount for Russia's crude oil, the so-called Urals blend. Bloomberg reported that the Urals typically lands in Rotterdam, a major European destination, at a discount to Brent of around $2 or less. But the discount has widened to $3.50 lately due to increased competition from Saudi Arabia. "Oil supplies to Europe from Saudi Arabia are probably adversely affecting Urals prices," the Russian central bank warned in a recent report.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Rejecting the Keystone Pipeline / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

All thinking and rational students of economics and political policy should take note of the triumphed message sent out by the CREDO Action progressive group. The strategy to organize a massive civil disobedience confrontation has been absent from the public square for far too long. However, when the cause is so ill founded and based upon foolish economic realities, the protesting activists need to rethink their falsely placed suppositions.

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Commodities

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Political Climate Shifting Against The Oil And Gas Industry / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Oil and gas companies have had a tough time over the past year trying to weather the storm of falling oil prices. But the political and financial winds are moving in the wrong direction for the industry, raising more "above ground" problems at a time that they can ill-afford it.

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Commodities

Friday, November 06, 2015

Oil Megaprojects Won't Stay On The Shelf For Long / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

One casualty of the oil price downturn could be the megaproject.

For years, as conventional oil reserves depleted and became increasingly hard to find, oil companies ventured into far-flung locales to find new sources of production. Extracting oil from these frontier areas required more advanced technology and a lot more capital: Ultra deepwater, Arctic offshore, heavy oil sands, and increasingly, the Lower Tertiary.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 05, 2015

Crude Oil Price More Weakness In Sight / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude oil has turned up in September when price broke out of a triangle placed in wave (b) so wave (c) was final with wave 4 pullback that reached 50.50 resistance from where sell-off occurred in October. As such, we suspect that WTI made a new swing now that will send price down into wave 5 back to 37.70. Broken corrective channel also suggests more weakness ahead,but after wave (ii) is complete.

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Commodities

Sunday, November 01, 2015

Crude Oil Price Set For Big Rally / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Austin_Galt

The oil price has had a nice rise in the past week so let’s see just what is going on using the weekly and daily charts.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Stop Blaming OPEC For Low Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

We are a little more than a month away from OPEC's next meeting, which will be held in Vienna on December 4, 2015.

OPEC altered the course of the oil markets last year when it decided to cast aside its traditional role of maintaining balance through production cuts. Instead it pursued a strategy of fighting for market share, contributing to an immediate rout in oil prices. WTI and Brent then went on to dive below $50 in the weeks following OPEC's decision.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 22, 2015

USO Patience Before Picking Cycle Low / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gary_Savage

A little more patience before trying to pick the cycle low in oil. RSI is just now getting oversold so its getting close.

I Like to see price close below the lower Bollinger band before trying to pick the bottom. Once it does then wait for a swing low to form.

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Commodities

Monday, October 19, 2015

Crude Oil Market Showdown: Can Russia Outlast The Saudis? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

"Two men enter, one man leaves, two men enter, one man leaves, two men enter..." - Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome

November 27, oil consuming countries will celebrate the first anniversary of the Saudi decision to let market forces determine prices. This decision set crude prices on a downward path. Subsequently, to defend market share, the Saudis increased production, which exacerbated market oversupply and further pressured prices.
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Commodities

Monday, October 12, 2015

New Hedge Fund Buying Enters Crude Oil Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dan_Norcini

First, let's start with an updated chart of the WTI Crude oil.

Crude has been in a range for most of the month of September oscillating near the 50 day moving average. It had been unable to do much in the way of additional upside however until this month, when it finally broke out above resistance at the top of the range near the $48 level. Friday it managed to best 50 on an intraday basis but then faded well off the highs heading into the close.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

A Key Oil Price Trend That Everyone Is Missing / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

David Fessler writes: My friend Rick Rule likes to say, “The cure for low prices is low prices.”

Here’s what’s supposed to happen...

Marginal producers can’t make money at today’s prices. Therefore they shut in wells (turn them off). As supplies get tighter, prices move higher.

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Politics

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Is Russia Plotting To Bring Down OPEC? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

President Putin's recent moves in the Middle East—to shore up Bashar al-Assad's regime in Syria through deployment of combat aircraft, equipment, and manpower and build-out of air-, naval-, and ground-force bases, and the agreement in the last week with Iran, Iraq, and Syria on intelligence and security cooperation—could contribute to Russian efforts to combat the myriad negative pressures on Russia's vital energy industry.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Crude Oil Price Is Going to Fall by 50%… Again / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

Michael Lewitt writes: We’ve talked about the massive Debt Supercycle and why it can only end in the market crash I’m now predicting. (If you want a refresher, download my “Super Crash Report.”)

But there’s one connection we haven’t made yet.

The same thing just happened in the energy market.

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Commodities

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The Two Real Reasons Crude Oil Prices Are Currently Slipping / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The Energy Information Administration just released its latest report on oil. And although I’m no conspiracy theorist, what’s going on in oil pricing has all the earmarks of a setup.

Each week, the report tells us what the crude oil and oil product markets looked like as of the previous Friday. It is usually the yardstick by which analysts appraise everything from oil supply through refinery utilization to the markets for processed products such as gasoline, diesel fuel, and low sulfur content heating oil.

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Commodities

Monday, September 21, 2015

What the Fed's Interest Rate "Hold" Means for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: The nine years of historically low interest rates will continue in the wake of Fed Chairwoman Janet Yellen's decision to not hike rates – to not yet remove the proverbial punchbowl from the easy-money party.

It was a classic "50-50" proposition; it didn't seem likely the Fed would move to roil global markets, but given the perceived strength of the labor market, a hike wasn't out of the question.

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Commodities

Saturday, September 19, 2015

This Is What Needs To Happen For Crude Oil Prices To Stabilize / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

On September 10th the EIA reported a production decline in the Lower 48 -- essentially shale production -- of 208,000 BOPD. That is a staggeringly enormous number, approximately 10 percent of the estimated global over-supply. Additionally, it was a week-over-week number which makes it all the more impressive. Yet it received little attention through the week. Rather, Goldman Sachs was grabbing all the headlines with its $20 call on oil.

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Commodities

Friday, September 18, 2015

Crude Oil Price Rises 29% in One Week... Here's What It Means / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

Dr. Steve Sjuggerud writes: Oil prices SOARED 29% in one week at the end of August.
 
Specifically, the price of U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil went from $38.09 per barrel to $49.20 per barrel. That's a 29.2% increase in just five trading days – one of the most extreme short-term rises we've ever seen.
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Commodities

Thursday, September 17, 2015

What Today’s Fed Decision Means for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: After nine years of historically low interest rates, the Fed is finally getting ready to remove the proverbial punchbowl from the easy-money party.

As it stands, Yellen & Company are only contemplating a mere 25 basis rate hike and even that now seems unlikely.

According to the CME Group’s FedWatch tool, the Fed Funds futures contracts are pricing in a below 25% chance of a rate hike later this afternoon.

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News_Letter

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2015 and 2016 / News_Letter / Crude Oil

By: NewsLetter

The Market Oracle Newsletter Sept 1st, 2015
Issue # 16 Vol. 9

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Commodities

Thursday, September 10, 2015

How Politics Make for Strange “Oil Fellows” / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: I have decided to write a long prelude today to a discussion that will conclude in the next edition of Oil & Energy Investor. There is something quite significant afoot. But in the process of describing what is happening now, I need to travel back, first personally some several decades, and then over a century earlier in literature.

When you read this I happen to be in Europe on one of those new high-speed trains. The conveyance may be a recent change, but the terrain whisking by my window is only too well remembered from an earlier life. This had at one time been a quite personal stage for some very high-risk objectives.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 08, 2015

The Default Next Move For Crude Oil Price Is Downwards, And Here's Why / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As traders, investors and pundits, we all like to think that what we do is akin to a science. We believe that by working harder and being smarter we can give ourselves an edge, that enough research will reveal to us the next move, either a long term trend or an intraday blip on a chart, and that we can profit from that knowledge. Usually, especially over longer time spans, we are correct in that assumption. Sometimes, however, no amount of fundamental or technical analysis will help.

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Commodities

Saturday, September 05, 2015

Oil Stocks - Interim or Major Reversal? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In the second half of August, Chinese equities have been under heavy selling pressure as a fear over China's slowing economy and worries that Beijing may allow the Yuan to continue to depreciate have weighed on investors' sentiment. Moreover, disappointing economic data fuelled that fears, which resulted in a sharp decline on China's stock market. In less than two weeks, the Shanghai Composite declined from (almost) 4,000 below the next psychologically important barrier of 3,000, hitting fresh 2015 lows.

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Commodities

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Crude Oil Price Sinking or Rebounding? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No speculative positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil reversed and declined sharply as weak Chinese data weighed on investors' sentiment. As a result, the commodity approached support levels, but will they encourage oil bulls to act in the coming days?

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Commodities

Thursday, September 03, 2015

How OPEC’s Attempt to Save Face Affects the Crude Oil Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Just as I was finishing up Monday’s Oil & Energy Investor, information emerged that something was happening with OPEC. I made mention of it in a note appended at the end of that installment, finishing with the observation that it “Looks like somebody just blinked.”

Well, that somebody is OPEC, and there is much more behind this development, leading to today’s discussion.

In its monthly report released on Monday, OPEC indicated it is now willing to discuss production levels with other non-OPEC countries. This is the first indication that the low crude oil price environment has been creating serious problems inside the cartel.

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Commodities

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2015 and 2016 - Video / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price has relentlessly trended lower all year to an unimaginably low price low of $37 of just a few days ago, falling from $100 a year ago. The severe bear market has not only caught many market commentators off guard but has had a devastating impact on several major economies that are heavily reliant on high oil prices such as Russia, the gulf states, and other emerging markets reliant on their energy sector tax revenues to finance state spending and of course Britain's very own Scotland that a year ago was toying with idea of committing social and economic suicide (independence referendum).

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

OPEC Divorce And Self-Destruction Thanks To Saudi Crude Oil Strategy? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

"If you are the world's leading energy economy, you produce energy, that's what you do."

"A government can stay irrational longer than it can stay solvent."

"Even in the short term, you're dead, if you commit suicide."

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Is Crude Oil Price Bouncing Into Recovery? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Harry_Dent

The global economy has $57 trillion more debt now than it did at the last bubble peak in 2008. The energy sector alone has $248 billion in junk bond debt – some of the riskiest debt there is!

Entire industries have been built upon this credit-fueled bubble, driven by the easy-money policies of central banks around the world.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2015 and 2016 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadeem_Walayat

The crude oil price has relentlessly trended lower all year to an unimaginably low price low of $37 of just a few days ago, falling from $100 a year ago. The severe bear market has not only caught many market commentators off guard but has had a devastating impact on several major economies that are heavily reliant on high oil prices such as Russia, the gulf states, and other emerging markets reliant on their energy sector tax revenues to finance state spending and of course Britain's very own Scotland that a year ago was toying with idea of committing social and economic suicide (independence referendum).

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Commodities

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Crude Oil Price One-day Rebound or Something More? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $45.32 and profit-take order at $35.72 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil gained 4.15% after China's central bank cut interest rates. Thanks to this news, light crude reversed and invalidated Monday’s breakdown under the support line. Despite this move, the commodity still remains under the barrier of $40. Will it stop further improvement in the coming days?

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Here’s What Happens When Crude Oil Geo-Policy and Market Reality Collide / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: Over 220 years ago, a Scottish writer by the name of Thomas Carlyle provided a personal account of what Paris was like during the French Revolution. The three-volume work (which at one point I suggested in an academic article was two volumes longer than necessary) is full of personal anecdotes. One of them is particularly relevant these days.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Saudis Could Face An Open Revolt At Next OPEC Oil Meeting / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

OPEC next gathers December 4 in Vienna, just over a year since Saudi Oil Minister Ali Al-Naimi announced at the previous OPEC winter meeting the Saudi decision to let the oil market determine oil prices rather than to continue Saudi Arabia’s role of guarantor of $100+/bbl oil.

Despite the intense financial and economic pain this decision has inflicted on Saudi Arabia, its fellow OPEC members, and other oil producers, the Saudis have given no indication they plan to alter course. In fact, Saudis have downplayed the impact of lower prices on their country, asserting that the kingdom has the financial wherewithal to withstand lower oil prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Crude Oil Energy Markets and Jobs Disintegrating / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dan_Norcini

The US Energy Information Administration released their weekly data this morning as usual. The reaction to the data from crude oil was anything but the usual. Most everyone in the industry was looking for a draw in crude oil stockpiles especially after yesterday afternoon’s API data showed a reduction in supplies.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Crude Oil Price Time for Reversal? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil gained 1.17% as hopes that crude oil inventories could decline for a third consecutive week weighed on investors' sentiment. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude bounced off its key support line, but will we see the commodity above $43 in near future?

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Crude Oil Price Works In Mysterious Ways / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

But there is one solution to staying ahead of oil's trend changes -- Elliott wave analysis

You know the expression "God works in mysterious ways"?

Well, according to an August 6 CNBC article, the price action of one financial market -- i.e., crude oil -- has out-mystified even God himself. Or, rather, the well-heeled star of the oil world, Andy Hall -- a.k.a. "God Trader."

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Energy Demand Collapse Followed by Supply Collapse / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nicole_Foss

As we have noted many times, energy is the master resource, and has been the primary driver of an expansion dating back to the beginning of the industrial revolution. In fossil fuels humanity discovered the ‘holy grail’ of energy sources – highly concentrated, reasonably easy to obtain, transportable and processable into many useful forms. Without this discovery, it is unlikely that any human empire would have exceeded the scale and technological sophistication of Rome at its height, but with it we incrementally developed the capacity to reach for the stars along an exponential growth curve.

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Commodities

Saturday, August 15, 2015

The World is Awash in Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

...But does that mean that oil prices will only go down from here?

In this new interview with Elliott Wave International's Chief Energy Analyst, Steve Craig, you'll learn where he sees prices going next.

*Editor's note: this interview was recorded on August 12; the price low cited in the video was broken on August 13.

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Commodities

Friday, August 14, 2015

Crude Oil's Slippery Slope: How Far Will Prices Fall? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

One prominent analyst says oil prices will drop much further

Editor's note: You'll find the text version of the story below the video.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Crude Oil Price Reverses - Was that THE Bottom? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Crude oil declined yesterday, but the session was not without a rebound. In fact, the move higher continues also today as black gold is at almost $44. Have we just seen a major triple bottom in crude oil?

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Commodities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Saudi Crude Oil Strategy: Brilliant Or Suicide? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In the last quarter of 2014, in the face of possible oversupply, Saudi Arabia abandoned its traditional role as the global oil market's swing producer and therefore it role as unofficial guarantor of existing ($100+ per barrel) prices.

In October, Saudi sources first prepared the market with statements that the country would be comfortable with oil prices as low as $80 per barrel for "a year or two." At the November OPEC meeting, the Saudi oil minister, Ali Al-Naimi, publicly announced Saudi Arabia would allow market forces to set prices. He argued that rapidly growing production outside OPEC made the existing status quo unviable, and that lower prices in the short term would increase prices in the longer term through reduced investment and ultimately benefit all OPEC members.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 13, 2015

The Saudi Crude Oil Price War Is Backfiring / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Saudi Arabia has long enjoyed the status of being the top crude oil exporter in the world. With record production of 10.564 million barrels per day in June 2015, Saudi Arabia has been one of the major driving forces behind the current oil price slump.

The Saudis have kept their production levels high since last year in order to drive other players (especially U.S. shale drillers) out of business. Equally clear is the fact that this strategy of maintaining the glut and driving out rivals hasn't worked so far.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

What China’s Surprise Announcement Means for Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: The People’s Bank of China (PBOC) just decided to cut the value of the Chinese currency, the yuan, by 2%.

The announcement took analysts by surprise and signaled that Beijing has decided to shore up a weakness in exports. It will now almost certainly usher in similar moves by other Asian countries that are China’s exporting competitors.

And behind that cut U.S. oil and gas producers face another painful period.

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Commodities

Friday, August 07, 2015

Global Crude Oil Supply More Fragile Than You Think / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Many oil companies had trimmed their budgets heading into 2015 to deal with lower oil prices. But the rebound in April and May to $60 per barrel from the mid-$40s suggested that the severe drop was merely temporary.

But the collapse of prices in July – owing to the Iran nuclear deal, an ongoing production surplus, and economic and financial concerns in Greece and China – have darkened the mood. Now a prevailing sense that oil prices may stay lower for longer has hit the markets.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Could WTI Crude Oil Price Trade At A Premium To Brent By Next Year? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

A flood of bearish news has pushed down oil prices to their lowest levels in months, with WTI nearing $45 per barrel and Brent flirting with sub-$50 territory.

With a bear market back, there is pessimism throughout the oil markets. Goldman Sachs is even predicting oil stays at $50 through 2020, a profoundly grim view of the state of oil supplies.

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Commodities

Thursday, August 06, 2015

Crude Oil Price Time for Reversal? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil moved higher after the market's open supported by hopes for another decline in U.S. stockpiles. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude bounced off the multi-month low and gained 1.48%. Did this increase change anything in the short-term picture of the commodity?

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 05, 2015

The Four Real Reasons Crude Oil Prices Are Slipping / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: As I write, I am flying from Kansas to Baltimore. I’ll be visiting Money Map Press headquarters to discuss some exciting developments we’ll tell you about shortly.

But today’s Oil & Energy Investor is all about where I have just been…

Years ago, a legendary wildcatter told me you have to smell the crude and get it under your fingernails before anybody should call you a genuine oilman.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Top 6 Myths Driving Oil Prices Down / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

"Whoever would overthrow the liberty of a nation must begin by subduing the freeness of speech." ~ Benjamin Franklin, Silence Dogood, The Busy-Body, and Early Writings

I start with that quote because once the media, as well as politicians for that matter, have no accountability for actions or words then liberty will dissolve. Over the last few weeks I have witnessed another litany of lies that the media insists on putting forth. They come in the form of statements presented as facts to sway opinion while others are opinions quoted by others. Either way, the bias in talking down oil prices, reinforcing the "glut" that is fueled in part by misleading EIA and IEA data, is readily apparent.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

Crude Oil Price at Levels Not Seen Since March / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil declined sharply after news that production among OPEC members in July pushed supply at the oil cartel to its highest level in seven years. In this environment, light crude lost 3.45% and re-tested the Jul low. Where will oil bears take the commodity in the coming days?

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Commodities

Monday, August 03, 2015

Crude Oil USO ETF Elliott Wave Analysis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: WavePatternTraders

USO

It’s been 6 weeks since the last post of Oil http://www.wavepatterntraders.com/elliott-wave-analysis-of-uso-oil/ In that time we have a seen a great decline for those that have been short this market, looking at the gyrations I think based on the CL contract, I suspect USO is only ending wave 3, so whilst we should be close to a short term low for wave 3, the likelihood is that any bounce for wave 4 should prove to be a bull trap and then target new lows for wave 5.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Crude Oil Price Is Lower – and You’re Richer / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Shah Gilani writes: On July 16, I gave you the real story on why oil prices are falling – and a trade to make you some easy money.

Since then, West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the U.S. crude oil benchmark, is down 5%. As of midday yesterday, the October $15 puts on the United States Oil Fund LP ETF (NYSE ARCA: USO) that I recommended buying when they were trading at 50 cents each were up 40%, and trading at 70 cents each.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Will Crude Oil Price Decline Continue? -Video / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

Elliott Wave International's Chief Energy Analyst tells you what he sees next for crude

In this new interview, Steve Craig, editor of Elliott Wave International's Energy Pro Service, shows you what extreme readings in some of his market indicators mean for crude from here.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Saudis Expand Crude Oil Price War Downstream / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The undisputed king of oil and gas is making some moves that could change the face of the global refining sector.

In June 2015, Saudi Arabia pumped a record 10.564 million barrels a day, a record level. As if being the world's biggest exporter of oil was not enough, the desert kingdom is now looking to conquer the refining sector as it has quickly become the fourth largest refiner in the world.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

The Iran Nuclear Deal is Mostly about Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Browne

The recent nuclear non-proliferation agreement between Iran and the U.S. has created a firestorm debate in the Middle East and both sides of the Atlantic. While the deal is supposedly all about nuclear power and nuclear bombs, its practical implications are all about oil. But the conclusions we should make about its impact on the energy sector are far from clear. A ratification of the deal would allow Iran to make lucrative long term production and distribution contracts with foreign energy firms. However, freely flowing oil from Iran would add significant new oil supply into the world markets, disrupt U.S. plans to become an energy exporter, and could potentially put further downward pressure on prices.

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Commodities

Monday, July 27, 2015

Crude Oil Price Under $48! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil extended losses after bearish Baker Hughes report. As a result, light crude lost 1.82% and hit a fresh multi-month low. Where will the commodity head next in the coming days?

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Commodities

Friday, July 24, 2015

OPEC Shorts Are Driving Down the Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: The conflict between OPEC and U.S. shale/tight oil producers has entered a new phase. And the result has been an accelerated decline in oil prices.

Last November (on Thanksgiving no less), Saudi Arabia led an OPEC decision to hold production stable, followed by a later significant increase in volume. For the first time, the cartel had opted to protect market share rather than price.

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Commodities

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Crude Oil Price Slump is a Once in a Decade Opportunity to Make Money, Guaranteed / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Atlantic_Perspective

All investments carry risk. There are no safe investments in the sense that “you just can´t lose”. But risk can be greatly reduced, according to the entry point and the timespan of the investment.

The commodities cycle
The world is currently awashed in oil and natural gas. This is the reality of today. But as sure as day follows night, this glut will turn into production deficit over the next few years. All commodities traders know this and have seen gluts turn into deficits dozens of times, in different markets.  Why does this happen?

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Crude Oil Price Barrier of $50 Holds - For Now / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil declined after the market's open, hitting a fresh multi-month low, the commodity rebounded in the following hours and closed the day above the Jul 7 low. Did this upswing change anything in the short-term picture of crude oil?

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Commodities

Thursday, July 16, 2015

The Multi-Trillion Dollar Oil Market Swindle / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In the past, I documented the overstatements by both the IEA and EIA in 2014 & 2015 in terms of supply, inventory and understatements of demand. Others also noticed these distortions and, whether intentional or not, they exist and they are very large in dollar terms. These distortions, which are affecting price through media hype and/or direct/indirect price manipulation, are quite possibly the largest in financial history.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

OPEC, Get Ready For The Second U.S. Oil Boom / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

What OPEC countries fear most is a follow-up technological revolution that will lead to a second oil boom in the U.S., and that fear is now being realized.

A technological revolution spurred the U.S. oil boom that resulted in the greatest increase in domestic oil production in a century, and while that has stuttered in the face of a major oil price slump and an OPEC campaign to maintain a grip on market share, the American response could be another technological revolution that demonstrates that the first one was merely an impressive embryonic experiment.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

Don't Panic, Nothing Has Really Changed In The Oil Markets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Monday's 8% WTI crude decline is setting up a big opportunity for buyers. And there could be more to come. But this is driven by momentum, not by the fundamental conditions in the physical market.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 08, 2015

The Three Events That Just Sent Crude Oil Price Sinking… and Why There’s No Need to Panic / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: Yesterday, three geopolitical crises converged, sending the price of oil sinking.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the benchmark for crude set in New York, was down 8%. Dated Brent, the internationally used benchmark set in London, slipped 6%.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

Brent Crude Oil Price Breaks out of Bearish Wedge / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: MarketsToday

Brent Crude broke down from a bearish rising wedge formation several weeks ago, trading relatively sideways thereafter, until the tail end of last week when it fell below and closed below $60.97. The 50% retracement at $57.41 was surpassed yesterday to the downside, with the next target being around the 61.8% Fibonacci retracement level at $54.53, followed by the most recent swing low (C) at $52.61.

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Commodities

Saturday, July 04, 2015

Crude Oil Price Forecast to Plunge Below $40 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gary_Savage

In the after hours trading on Thursday oil broke below the May daily cycle low indicating a failed daily cycle is in progress, and confirming the intermediate top occurred on May 6th.

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Commodities

Friday, July 03, 2015

How the New Iranian Nuclear Deal Will Impact Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: This week, reports emerged that a draft deal on Iran’s nuclear program would be reviewed by the Western negotiators. Crude oil prices plummeted – West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closed down 4.2%, at $56.96 a barrel, the lowest since April 22.

The concern spurring the decline is that an agreement would lift the Western sanctions and allow Iranian oil to flood into the market, propelling prices down.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

How the Latest Greek Drama Will Affect the Price of Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: In Greek history, there is a story that after devising the Athenian system of governance the great classical lawgiver Solon was walking down from the sacred council site of the Areopagus when he was greeted by another citizen.

“Well, Solon, did you give Athens the best constitution possible?” the fellow asked.

“No,” Solon responded. “I gave her the best constitution she could accept.”

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Commodities

Monday, June 29, 2015

U.S. Crude Oil Glut An EIA Invention? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In the latest weekly production data from the EIA, on the back of recent March revisions, the U.S. managed to post a 76,000 barrel per day increase in the lower 48. Production from Alaska fell by 61,000 barrels per day, putting overall U.S. output 15,000 barrels per day higher for the week ending June 12 compared to the previous week.

This comes at a time when multimillion barrel draws have become the norm. It is important to note that lower 48 production is estimated based on an EIA black box model, while Alaska is virtually real time data. That suggests that the weekly supply estimates are hugely overestimated.

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Commodities

Friday, June 26, 2015

Crude Oil Price Nearing Exhaustion / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Loukas

For an asset like Crude, which is normally extremely volatile, the current prolonged sideways range is very much out of character. Crude has us accustomed to daily swings of 2% to 3%, and to shorter term rallies/declines that draw in traders before reversing suddenly. Crude is generally an asset that fluctuates in price, so the current “flat-line” action is rare.  Since the last Daily Cycle peaked on May 6th, Crude oil has been locked in a sideways trading range. Short term traders, expecting the usual crude oil volatility, are being chopped to pieces.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Why I'm Revising My Crude Oil Price Outlook… Upward / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Kent Moors writes: I just left a closed-door meeting in Paris. Assembled here were some high-powered oil practitioners, the traders selling their productions, and the bankers financing all of it.

As often happens, the pundits and talking heads have been discussing matters quite similar to what was on our agenda. And as usual, their perspectives are very different from those of us "behind the scenes."

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Companies

Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Expect A Wave Of Consolidation In The Oil Industry / Companies / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As stated previously, asset monetization by small E&P operators will start in earnest in the second half of this year out of cash flow necessity. Most, if not all, smaller market capitalization companies, public or private, are still free cash flow negative (operating cash flow less capital expenditure) and only a few of the larger ones are now, or will be, based on guidance. The point is, with volumes languishing (and probably poised to decline) tied to a flat oil futures price curve and with economics marginal at $60 per barrel, many E&P operators find themselves running through hedges in 2015 and still in need to finance their already reduced capital spending.

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Commodities

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Where is the Crude Oil Price Heading Next / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Bob Creed writes: Last month, OPEC held its 167th meeting in Vienna, Austria. The two main takeaways?

  • One: The oil cartel will maintain production at 30 million barrels per day (bpd), with unofficial numbers above that.
  • Two: Saudi Arabia’s price war against U.S. shale producers will continue.
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Commodities

Saturday, June 13, 2015

The Latest Saudi Ploy to Control World Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: From the hundreds of oil benchmark rates used around the world, two set daily have been dominant in determining the prices for the buying and selling of crude. One is Dated Brent, set in London and representing the average price from a basket of North Sea offshore production. The other is West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the grade set in New York.

As I have noted often in Oil & Energy Investor, Brent is applied more often in international trade than WTI. However, both of these benchmarks are better oil grades than well over 80% of all the oil actually traded.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Busting The "Canadian Bakken" Shale Oil Myth / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The financial pages of Canadian newspapers have been full of headlines lately announcing the potential of two large shale oil fields in the Northwest Territories said to contain enough oil to rival the Bakken Formation of North Dakota and Montana.

The report by Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) evaluated, for the first time, the volume of oil in place for the Canol and Bluefish shale formations, located in the territory's Mackenzie Plain. It found the "thick and geographically extensive" Canol formation is expected to contain 145 billion barrels of oil, while the "much thinner" Bluefish shale contains 46 billion barrels.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

key Issues Affecting the London Oil Market Today / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: Greetings from London, where I am hosting a special three-day event for a special group of subscribers. The sessions follow almost a year of preparation and are introducing a major stimulus to profits from investing in worldwide energy.

You will be hearing more about this approach in the future, so stay tuned.

Today, however, we have an immediate development to consider. The London market is again trying to make sense of events in oil. As I have noted here in Oil & Energy Investor on many occasions, the oil trade in London and the Dated Brent benchmark set here daily are more sensitive to global events than the trade in New York (where the other major benchmark, West Texas Intermediate, or WTI, is set).

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Politics

Thursday, June 04, 2015

The Evolution Of The Oil Weapon / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In the age of derivatives, swaps, and electronic money transfers, a new form of warfare has emerged: financial warfare.

Recently, the US has passed sanctions on countries such as Syria, Venezuela, and North Korea , but the majority of energy related sanctions passed have been targeted at Iran and Russia.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Why Oil’s Price Is Baffling Analysts (but Not Us) / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: It sure has been amusing to watch the oil instant experts trying to shove “square peg” explanations into “round hole” price moves this week.

For most of yesterday’s trading session, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil prices were declining about 1% after a huge 4.5% rise on Friday. Once again, the “experts” had instant prognostications, once again they signaled a familiar refrain – a strong dollar, oversupply – and once again they missed the boat.

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Commodities

Saturday, May 30, 2015

U.S. Crude Oil Production Sets New Modern Record / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

EIA Report

I looked over the weekly Petroleum Inventory Report put out by the EIA today, and the biggest takeaway by far was that U.S. oil production set a new modern era high at 9.566 Million Barrels per day. The last high in U.S. production occurred in March, and it appeared that the U.S. production numbers were getting slightly weaker, and maybe the top in U.S. production was in. But this past week Production really ramped back up with a blowout number, and if it wasn`t for a week in which imports were unusually low for the week, there would have been another huge build in Oil Inventories for the week.
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Commodities

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Crude Oil Price Stochastic Signals / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

The Stochastic indicator is quite a popular tool for commodity traders (including those interested in trading crude oil and precious metals) and it is not without a reason. This indicator has proven itself many times as something that can really indicate the next move in the market – however, it has to be applied carefully, as not all ways in which it works are really profitable. We have just seen 2 signals from this important indicator – one bullish (based on daily closing prices) and one bearish (based on weekly closing prices). Which should one focus on?

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Three Hidden Forces Pushing Crude Oil Price Back Up / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: The overall trajectory for oil prices remains upward, despite taking a breather today. I still see prices reaching $65-68 for West Texas Intermediate (WTI, the benchmark traded on the NYMEX) and $73-78 for Dated Brent (the other major benchmark set daily in London).

But this is hardly going to be a straight, linear rise. Rather, it’s going to occur in what I call a “ratcheting” pattern: occasionally jerking downward along the way.

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Crude Oil Trading Alert - Price Drops to Neck Line / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil gained 0.49% as a weaker greenback supported the price. As a result, light crude bounced off the neck line of a bearish formation. Will we see further improvement in the coming days?

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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Debunking the Newest Crude Oil Price Myth / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: We've seen massive shifts in crude oil prices in recent weeks.

Of course, this has brought back some rather specious arguments by talking heads on TV and pundits spinning the next Armageddon scenario.

The latest is about how rising oil prices will prompt more volume to come online from a particular type of well (called DUCs), sending oil into another tailspin.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Saudi Arabia Continues To Turn Screws On U.S. Oil Shale / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Saudi Arabia continues to ratchet up production, taking market share away from U.S. shale producers.

According to OPEC's latest monthly oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels per day in April, a slight increase over the previous month's total of 10.29 million barrels. That was enough for the de facto OPEC leader to claim its highest oil production level in more than three decades.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

The Real Key to This Week’s Crude Oil Price Uncertainty / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: Quick update on oil, because it’s been quite the week already…

This morning West Texas Intermediate (WTI), the benchmark crude oil futures rate in New York, rose over $1 a barrel in less than three hours. Meanwhile in London, Brent (the more widely used international dated benchmark) has increased even faster – over $1.50 during the same period. Here’s where we stand as I write this:

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Monday, May 11, 2015

Is Crude Oil Price Rally Over? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short positions with a stop-loss order at $65.23 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil moved lower after the market’s open weakened by a stronger U.S. dollar. Despite this move, the commodity reversed and rebounded in the following hours, gaining 0.85% and closing the day above $59, but did this upswing change anything?

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Sunday, May 10, 2015

Crude Oil Price Turn Coming? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dan_Norcini

Crude has had a very nice recovery off its recent low set in mid-March with a steady climb of nearly $20 since that time. The push through the declining 50 day moving average was the first real clue that the complexion of this market had changed in late March with the deciding factor being the second thrust back up through it once more in early April. That cemented the low near $43 as a solid bottom in the market.

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Friday, May 08, 2015

The Newest Crude Oil Price Myth / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: We’ve seen massive shifts in crude oil prices over the past two days.

Of course, this has brought back some rather specious arguments by talking heads on TV and pundits spinning the next Armageddon scenario. The latest is about how rising oil prices will prompt more volume to come online from a particular type of well (called DUCs), sending oil into another tailspin.

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Thursday, May 07, 2015

How to Pick the Winners in the Keystone Oil Pipeline Debate / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com You might think the entire oil and gas industry is behind the Keystone XL Pipeline. And at the surface level that may be true. After all, the big oil industry lobby, the American Petroleum Institute (API), has spent millions promoting it through advertising and outreach to members of Congress. API are the folks who brought us all of those pro-Keystone commercials a few months ago.

Since API represents the industry, with over 600 members, the project must be good for everyone in the energy space, right?

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Commodities

Thursday, May 07, 2015

Crude Oil Price Hit 2015 High / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Oil hit 2015 high with WTI at $60.40 and Bent at $68.40 end of trading on Tuesday. Crude prices have now risen 50% in just over three months.  The overall oil market sentiment is very bullish as CNBC reported hedge funds and money managers raised bets on rising Brent prices to another record, data showed on Monday, pushing net long positions to their highest since official exchange records began in 2011.

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Keystone Pipeline and the Mixed Blessings of Cheap Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com To understand the logic behind the Keystone XL pipeline requires a trip back in time. When Keystone and its associated 830,000 barrels of oil per day were announced in 2008, U.S. crude production was at lows generally not seen since 1950 – right around 5 million barrels per day. Meanwhile, U.S. oil imports were rampant, near their all-time highs of 10 million barrels a day. Worse yet, over half of U.S. imports, again a near-record high of 5.6 million barrels per day, came from countries that don’t like us very much (i.e., OPEC).

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Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Crude Oil’s Big Move Comes Down to One Thing / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ...

MoneyMorning.com Dr. Kent Moors writes: Look at this headline from the Houston Business Journal last week: “U.S. Rig Count Free Falls in Texas, Oil Prices ‘Unsustainable.'”

Or this one from Bloomberg Business, which reported Sunday: “The Shale Boom Has Already Gone Bust.”

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

The Truth Behind the Keystone Pipeline / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Editor's Note: The Keystone Pipeline has created one of the biggest political debates of the last five years. And you're about to hear a lot more in the media as the we move closer to the State Department's final ruling on the project.

But what is the truth about Keystone? And where are the lies hidden? More importantly, where can we invest to exploit its ongoing political soap opera?

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Crude Oil Price Meets Solid Resistance / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil hit a fresh 2015 high on Friday, an increase in Iraq's export levels and a stronger greenback weighed on investors' sentiment and pushed the commodity lower. As a result, light crude lost 0.85% and closed the day under the previous high. Where will crude oil head next in the coming week?

On Friday, Baker Hughes showed in its weekly report that oil rigs fell by 24 last week to 679. With this drop, the number of active rigs has fallen for a record 21 weeks in a row (the lowest level since September 2010), but the pace of slowdown continued to decrease, which raised worries over another increase in domestic crude oil inventories.

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Saturday, May 02, 2015

Crude Oil Price Bear Market Is Over / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Austin_Galt

I've said it before and I'll say it again. Forget about testing the 2009 lows. It ain't gonna happen. Not as far as I'm concerned anyway. The final low appears to be in place and while I think the downtrend is over I suspect the volatility is not.

Let's check out the technicals beginning with the small picture and then finishing with the big picture outlook.

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Commodities

Friday, May 01, 2015

How One Chart Is Changing My Outlook on Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Today, something truly unique is underway – and you can see it clearly in the one simple chart I’m about to share.

The advent of huge shale and tight oil reserves in the U.S. has fundamentally altered the terrain of the international energy game.

We still call these reserves “unconventional” to distinguish them from traditional vertically drilled non-fracked wells. But due to the fact that most of the new production is coming from these rock-confined sources, they are certainly becoming mainstream.

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

U.S. Oil Glut: How High Can It Go? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: GoldSilverWorlds

Oil Glut Build in PAD3 Gulf Coast

As expected, EIA on Wednesday reported for week ending April 17, U.S. crude-oil inventories gained 5.3 million barrels to 489 million barrels, which is still the highest in at least 80 years, according to the EIA. Looking closer at each PAD region, almost all the inventory adds occurred in Gulf Coast PAD3; meanwhile, Cushing, OK added 738,000 barrels.  Although 738,000 does not seem that bad by itself, Cushion is now is sitting on 62.2 million barrels of oil in storage (vs. a year ago inventory at 26 million barrels) , a new record high since April of 2004.  
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

How to Profit from the Drop in the Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: GoldSilverWorlds

Over the past three quarters, the world has watched oil prices plummet from over $100 to its current price of $51/barrel of the grade West Texas Intermediate (WTI). Due to oil’s vital role in the global economy, this massive decline naturally raises questions as to the reasons behind the decline and the perdurability of these lower oil prices. Today we will give you a more in-depth analysis of what is going on in the oil market and offer potential investment implications resulting from these developments.

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Commodities

Monday, April 20, 2015

Crude Oil Price Bull Market Hope / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Loukas

I believe that energy analysts are absolutely delusional to think Crude production will slow significantly, especially with Oil back near the $60 mark. During the recent, lengthy bull market, tens of billions of Dollars were invested in Crude infrastructure, so there is too much at stake to simply shut down operations and walk away. Investors and participants in any industry that has experienced a 15 year bull market won't change their beliefs overnight - it takes time for sentiment to shift. Most are far too emotionally and financially vested in the industry, so it's unreasonable to think that a 9 month decline is going to drive an immediate adjustment to the imbalance in supply and demand.

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Friday, April 17, 2015

Production Declines Hide Bigger Crude Oil Storage Issues / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Storage Builds

Everyone this week focused on the slight production declines that this was a sign to go long oil, but what seemed to go under the radar was another build in both Cushing and the Gulf Coast storage hubs.

Cushing added another 1.3 million barrels to weekly storage and stands at 61.5 million barrels. The Gulf Coast added another 600 thousand barrels to storage and stands at 237 million barrels. By comparison Cushing had 26.8 million barrels in storage this time last year, and the Gulf Coast had 207.2 million barrels in storage a year ago.
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Friday, April 17, 2015

Top Three Takeaways From Today’s OPEC Crude Oil Report… and How You Can Profit / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Today I’ve got a “below the surface” read on what is really happening inside OPEC.

Frankly, I had not planned to devote so many essays to the cartel and its policies. After all, the organization is no longer the center of the energy universe.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 16, 2015

More Thoughts on the Current Crude Oil Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

WTI surged to close at $56.01 a barrel on Wednesday, while Brent closed at $62.86 after the US crude oil inventories showed a 'less-than-expected increase'. The latest weekly inventory (week ending April 10) from EIA showed an increase of 1.3 million barrels, much less than the 10.9 million barrels of build from the previous week. The report also showed that total motor gasoline inventories decreased by 2.1 million barrels, while distillate stockpiles rose by 2.0 million barrels.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OPEC Going Broke, Dumping U.S. Dollars. Is That Good Or Bad? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Rubino

When oil prices fell out of bed last winter there was much hand-wringing over the fate of the former beneficiaries of high-priced crude. Trillions of dollars of junk bonds issued by frackers, for instance, might default, oil field services companies could fail, and layoffs in the oil patch might swamp the nascent employment recovery.

Some of this has happened, though not on the apocalyptic scale the worst-case scenarios suggested. More might be coming, but right now it’s not headline news in North America.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

OPEC Just Confirmed It’s Losing the Oil War / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The solid façade of OPEC is crumbling.

The latest indication that all is not well within the ranks of the oil cartel came yesterday, when the organization released its monthly Bulletin.

Inside the magazine, the commentary slammed non-member nations for failing to follow the organization’s lead in “stabilizing” oil prices and having “go it alone” attitudes.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Crude Oil Price Technical Outlook / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Following part 1 of the Technical outlook for oil on April 7, this report examines the effect of the secular Commodity cycle on stocks (S&P 500), the U.S dollar on the CRB and WTIC's price since 1980.

Chart 1 is the S&P 500 since 1960. It traces the different trading patterns of the U.S. index during a secular Commodity cycle (1965-1980), a Stock cycle (1980-2000) and through another Commodity cycle (2000-2013) and the beginning of a new Stock cycle (2013 to present).

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Commodities

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oil Price - How Much Longer Can OPEC Hold Out? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

OPEC has been the most talked about international organization among investors, analysts and international political lobbies in the last few months.

When OPEC speaks, the world listens in rapt attention as it accounts for nearly 40 % of the world's total crude output. With its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, one of the mandates of 12- member OPEC is to "ensure the stabilization of oil markets in order to secure an efficient, economic and regular supply of petroleum to consumers, a steady income to producers, and a fair return on capital for those investing in the petroleum industry." (Source: opec.org).

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Commodities

Friday, April 10, 2015

Saudi Arabia Just Delivered Another Strike in the “Oil War” / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Saudi Arabia just sent the most powerful signal yet it means business in the “Oil War.”

On Tuesday, oil minister Ali al-Naimi revealed Saudi oil production jumped in March to 10.3 million barrels a day.

That marked an increase of 700,000 barrels per day from February, or the biggest ramp in production since November 2011. That figure is now expected to remain around 10 million barrels for some time.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Iran Nuclear "Deal" Won't Drive Crude Oil Prices Lower / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Here at Money Morning we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Kent Moors, Money Map Press' Global Energy Strategist, for a quick chat about oil.

Kent had taken time out of his frequent world travels – scoping out the latest global energy profit developments – to stop by our HQ in Baltimore.

Here's what he told us about his "ground level" view of the real impact recent geopolitical events in Iran will have on the price of oil.

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Thursday, April 09, 2015

Top 12 Media Myths On Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The upstream oil and gas industry is not a black hole. There's no mystery wrapped in an enigma here.

There are a lot of meetings with engineers, chemists and geologists. There's a constantly evolving learning curve. And then there's all the regulations and compliance. But all-in-all it's pretty straight forward, that is, until the media gets a hold of it. That's when it becomes complicated. It's as though we are getting reports from the mysteries of the deep ocean or life in the great galaxies beyond. There is so much hyperbole and unsupported guesswork that investors don't have a chance. So, in a small effort to set the record straight, let's see if we can't dispel some of the misinformation.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Crude Oil Price Breaks Above One Support, but the More Important One Still Holds / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

The last 2 days were quite encouraging for crude oil bulls as the black gold rallied above 2 declining resistance lines and the volume during yesterday's upswing was high. Is this enough to make the outlook bullish?

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Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The Technical Outlook for Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Commodities normally go through a multi-year phase of strength and performance against the benchmark S&P 500 and then an approximate equal period of time of underperformance to the U.S. index.

Each stage of this Commodity/Stock cycle, lasts on average about 18 years. This has been the pattern for over 100 years.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 07, 2015

Brent Crude Oil Price Looks to be Heading Higher From Here / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: MarketsToday

Brent Crude looks to have started a second leg up off the January bottom of 45.22, indicating Brent has a good chance of heading higher from here. A decisive drop below the most recent swing low at 52.61 changes the bullish scenario shown in the below daily chart.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Thoughts on The Current Crude Oil Market / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Crude oil has slid into a definitive bear market starting 2H14. Since most of the oil companies (majors as well as E&Ps) based their budget, growth, and strategy trajectory on ~$50 oil price scenario even for the most conservative, the current ~ $45 WTI price environment has created a crisis situation for many oil and gas producers.

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Commodities

Friday, March 20, 2015

Beware of Pundits Playing the "Iran Oil Card" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: It's getting to be crunch time in the negotiations between the West and Iran over Tehran's nuclear program.

Despite an ill-advised attempt by U.S. senators to scuttle the talks, it's clear the negotiations in Geneva will continue.

Now, TV pundits have taken to the airwaves suggesting that an agreement would flood the market with Iranian oil.

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Commodities

Friday, March 20, 2015

What the “Yellen Effect” Ultimately Means for Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Janet Yellen sure has a way with the markets…

As the Fed Chair delivered her unexpectedly dovish message, the Dow bounced almost 400 points off yesterday’s lows.

Even so, that move paled in comparison to the even bigger move she triggered in oil prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Truth About Iran’s Impact on Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Kent Moors writes: It’s getting to be crunch time in the negotiations between the West and Iran over Tehran’s nuclear program.

Despite an ill-advised attempt by U.S. Senators to scuttle the talks, it’s clear the negotiations in Geneva will continue.

Now, TV pundits have taken to the airwaves suggesting that an agreement would flood the market with Iranian oil.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Why Lower Crude Oil Prices Could Drive Gold Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Kirtley

We view gold as monetary asset; therefore our directional views on the yellow metal are primarily a function of our expectations of monetary policy. After being very bullish on gold in the years following the global financial crisis as the Fed pursued highly accommodative monetary policy and quantitative easing, we turned bearish on gold at the end of 2012 as the period of easing monetary policy appeared to be coming to an end. We have maintained our bearish stance as the Fed has moved towards tightening monetary policy, however the recent fall in oil prices has caused us to question our view, and whilst we remain bearish over the longer term, we now think that gold prices could bounce from current levels.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 12, 2015

Consumers Winning With Low Oil Prices, For Now / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Lest we be too quick to forget whence we came, America is now 9-months into lower gasoline prices, which started their swoon the week of June 30, 2015 from a lofty national average just under $3.70, tumbling almost every subsequent week before bottoming and bouncing from $2.02 the end of January, according to gasbuddy.com.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Everyone Is Guessing When It Comes To Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year. But along with all of the excess crude flowing from the oil patch, there is also an abundance of market indicators that while important, tend to produce a lot of noise that makes any accurate estimate nearly impossible.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 05, 2015

U.S. Soaring Crude Oil Stocks - Cushing and Gulf Coast Storage Filling Up Fast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Cushing, Oklahoma

The weekly EIA Inventory report came out today regarding the state of the oil market from the supply side, and the numbers continue to paint a bearish picture of the oil market. For example, Cushing added another one and a half million barrels to storage this past week, that`s three million added over the last two weeks to storage facilities.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

How to Exploit Crude Oil's Current Low Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Peter Krauth writes: If you've been eyeing a new gas-guzzling SUV as your next vehicle, you may want to reconsider that Prius once more. That's because today's low gas prices won't be around forever and oil prices aren't about to "tank" any time soon.

In fact, the oil price crash has created a state of "contango," a market anomaly that savvy investors can exploit. It's presenting a rare market opportunity to profit that only comes around once every few years.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Here's What Will Send Crude Oil Prices Back Up Again / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Oil's rapid decline since August of last year has been dramatic. To listen to some commentators you would also think it is unprecedented and irreversible. Those claiming that oil will continue to fall from here and remain low for evermore, however, are flying in the face of both history and common sense. The question we should be asking ourselves is not if oil prices will recover, but when they will.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Scraping The Bottom Of The WTI Crude Oil Price Barrel In 2015 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Anthony Alfidi writes: Energy sector investors are waiting for a bottom in oil prices.  Industrial energy users are looking for a hard price to use as a benchmark for hedging their consumption.  A generation's worth of history allows us to make an educated guess about where the bottom price of the 2015 oil market glut may appear.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

This Massive “Crunch” Means Higher Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As oil prices inch forward, there’s an inevitable consequence of lower prices building that will help them climb even higher.

It’s called the “reserve crunch.”

Faced with significantly lower oil prices, the replenishment of oil reserves is beginning to take a massive hit.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Easy Oil Is Gone So Where Do We Look Now? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In 2008, Canadian economist Jeff Rubin stunned the oil market with a bold prediction: With the world economy growing at 5 percent a year, oil demand would grow with it, outpacing supply, thus lifting the oil price from $147 to over $200 a barrel.

The former chief economist at CIBC World Markets was so convinced of his thesis, he wrote a book about it. "Why the World is About to Get a Whole Lot Smaller" forecast a sea change in the global economy, all driven by unsustainably high oil prices, where domestic manufacturing is reinvigorated at the expense of seaborne trade and people's choices become driven by the ever-increasing prices of fossil fuels.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Is Crude Oil Price Returning To $100 Or Dropping To $10? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

If you have been following the price of oil over the last few months, the chances are you're a little confused. On the one hand you have the likes of A. Gary Shilling who, in this Bloomberg article, loudly trumpets the prospect of oil at $10/Barrel, and on the other there is T. Boone Pickens, who, at the end of last year was predicting a return to $100 within 12-18 months. Pickens prediction has moderated somewhat as WTI and Brent crude have continued to fall, but in January he was still saying that oil would return to $70 or $80/barrel in the near future. So, who is correct?

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Commodities

Thursday, February 19, 2015

What This "Ice Level" Means to Future Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

D.R. Barton writes: You'd have to be living under a rock (and one without Internet access at that) to have missed the oil price swoon that has taken place since June.

Even after a recent bounce back from an under-$50 per barrel low, and a trough-to-peak rebound of 24% since the end of January, the technical picture does not indicate smooth sailing upward from here.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Why Crude Oil Prices Must Go Up / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

It may be difficult to look beyond the current pricing environment for oil, but the depletion of low-cost reserves and the increasing inability to find major new discoveries ensures a future of expensive oil.

While analyzing the short-term trajectory of oil prices is certainly important, it obscures the fact that over the long-term, oil exploration companies may struggle to bring new sources of supply online. Ed Crooks over at the FT persuasively summarizes the predicament. Crooks says that 2014 is shaping up to be the worst year in the last six decades in terms of new oil discoveries (based on preliminary data).

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Commodities

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Crude Oil Price Double Top or Further Rally? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil moved lower after the market's open weakened by concerns over the situation in Ukraine and Greece, the commodity rebounded as weaker U.S. dollar supported the price. As a result, light crude gained 1.08% and climbed above an important resistance, but is it as bullish as it seems at the first sight?

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Commodities

Monday, February 16, 2015

What the Bearish Analysts Missed About Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Pundits continue to wrongly predict more pain in oil markets.

Citigroup analyst Ed Morse just came out with his most bearish forecast yet, claiming oil prices could fall to $20 a barrel. As for the recent rebound, Morse thinks it looks more like a "head-fake" than a sustainable turning point.

The market, of course, has ignored these concerns, as crude oil prices continue to climb.

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Commodities

Saturday, February 14, 2015

As Oil Prices Climb, Here’s How to Play the Rebound in Energy / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As I write this, crude oil prices continue to advance. Brent is over $61 a barrel, while West Texas Intermediate (WTI) is pushing $53.

Both are higher than at any time since before Christmas.

Absent any major geopolitical tension, beyond the levels we’re already seeing, oil prices should begin to level off.

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Commodities

Friday, February 13, 2015

Low Crude Oil Prices Are an Act of Economic Warfare / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

This is a wonderful time to have cash and be in the oil business, according to Bob Moriarty of 321energy.com. That's because savvy juniors can go shopping for assets being sold as "uneconomic" when oil is $40–50/barrel. But the low price won't last, he tells The Energy Report, predicting much higher oil within the year. And while that increase will cause oil stocks to rise in tandem, Moriarty reminds investors that it still pays to be selective.

The Energy Report: Bob, in January you published an article saying that the drop in oil prices could be the "straw that pops the $7-trillion derivative bubble." Can you explain the influence of oil prices on derivatives?

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Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Citi Sees $20 Crude Oil Prices - Here’s Why They’re Wrong / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Despite a 20% jump in oil prices, some pundits continue to predict more pain.

In fact, just yesterday, Citigroup analyst Ed Morse came out with his most bearish forecast yet.

According to Morse, oil prices could fall another 60% to $20 a barrel. As for the recent rebound, Morse thinks it looks more like a “head-fake” than a sustainable turning point.

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Oil's Survival Of The Fittest / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

With crude oil prices collapsing and small American oil producers faced with grim choices for survival, the Darwinian nature of commodity market cycles rears its head, dictating that only the fittest will survive -- and only the fittest of the fittest will thrive. As the herd of small companies that formed the backbone of the shale boom is culled, there emerges a new focus on junior players who are sitting on prime prospects where oil can be produced at $20 per barrel or lower and still turn a healthy profit at today's prices hovering around $45 - $52 range. The biggest winners will be those investors who are stepping into the market right now, investing in conventional oil stories.

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Monday, February 09, 2015

Crude Oil Price Capitulation Phase / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Loukas

After a long and relentless decline, the Crude market has finally enabled us to anchor its Cycles. Up until 2 weeks ago, Crude was locked in a clear crash Cycle, which made it impossible to expect anything other than a continuation of the crash. But now that Crude has reversed with a 20% rally, its moves are clearly the start of a new intermediate term Cycle.

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Sunday, February 08, 2015

Has Crude Oil Price Finally Bottomed? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Toby_Connor

Has oil finally bottomed? I think yes… well at least temporarily. Let me explain.

The main culprit driving the CRB and oil down over the last 7 months has been the powerful surge in the dollar.

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Tuesday, February 03, 2015

Why Crude Oil Price Is Headed to $200 a Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

David Fessler writes: Editorial Note: As promised last week, here is David Fessler’s rebuttal to Sean Brodrick’s piece, “3 Reasons Why Crude Will Stay Under $50 Through 2015.” If you read the title of today’s article, you might think Dave and Sean have vastly differing opinions on the direction oil is heading. But to the contrary, both agree prices will move higher... the only question is, when? To help confirm his assertions, Dave reached out to an oil industry connection who served as president of one of the largest producers in the world.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Increasing Demand For Refined Products Will Increase Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Dan Steffens writes: In last week's article I posted a chart from the International Energy Agency'srecent Oil Market Report that shows global demand for refined products catching up to supply by the 3rd quarter of this year. My opinion is that all of the analysts who are now blaming the sharp drop in oil prices on a "glut" of supply could change their tune quickly as consumers adjust to lower fuel costs. Just as higher costs reduce demand for any commodity, lower costs will increase demand. This is especially true for a commodity that has a direct impact on standard of living, like oil does.

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Thursday, January 29, 2015

Saudi Arabia Changes Kings, But Not its Oil Policy / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Last Friday, I appeared on CNBC’s “Closing Bell” to discuss the new Saudi King Salman and his impact on oil prices.

The interview was set up on a flight back to Pittsburgh, and took place via satellite feed almost as soon as I landed.

Now, these hastily put together appearances can be somewhat trying if the anchors are not up to speed on the material.

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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Crude Oil Price Bulls vs. Resistance Zone / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil gained 1.55% after mixed U.S. data weakened the greenback. As a result, light crude climbed above $46, but the nearest resistance still keeps gains in check. Will we see higher values of the commodity in the coming days?

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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Oil Prices Changing The Face Of Global Geopolitics / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

In a documentary that aired recently on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular The Fifth Estate program, an allegory of Vladimir Putin was presented. The wily Russian president was described growing up in a shabby St. Petersburg apartment, where he would often corner rats.

Now, punished by low oil prices and Western sanctions against Russian incursions in Ukraine/ Crimea, Putin is himself the cornered rat. Many wonder, and fear, what he will do if conditions in Russia become increasingly desperate.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Crushing The U.S. Oil and Gas Energy Export Dream / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Exporting crude oil and natural gas from the United States are among the dumbest energy ideas of all time.

Exporting gas is dumb.

Exporting oil is dumber.

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

What to Make of the Surge in Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: There are a few historical figures I greatly admire, even though I have pronounced personal problems with some of their opinions.

Winston Churchill leads the list.

On November 9, 1942, Churchill uttered these famous words at a London luncheon: “Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

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Thursday, January 15, 2015

The Oil-Fueled Economic Cycle / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Harry_Dent

I’ve been focusing on this fracking and high-yield debt bubble precisely because it’s most likely to become the new trigger that the housing and subprime bubble was to the last global financial crisis in 2008/2009.

Bubbles just go on and on until they either get so extremely high that they burst of their own weight — as with the tech bubble — or more often when something triggers defaults that then cascade through the very debt markets that helped create the bubble.

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Wednesday, January 14, 2015

5 Ways To Play The Oil Price Plunge / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The collapse of the oil price has created losers and winners, and like every major movement in a commodity sector, the trick for investors is figuring out which side of the trade to be on. The most obvious victim of the slide in Brent and WTI prices over the last 6 months has been the major oil producers. Holders of these equities have seen price slides up to 33 percent. The question for oil company investors now is how to determine which of these companies are prepared to weather a sustained period of oil prices around $50 a barrel, or worse. Inevitably, those companies with high debt levels combined with high operating costs will be the first to get washed away. In contrast, low-leveraged companies with attractive cost structures are likely to survive. These companies will gain when the oil price comes back, and are the ones that investors should be eyeing right now.

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Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The New Normal for Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

You may have come across the word “contango” in an oil-related news report or article recently and wondered, “What’s contango?”

It isn’t the Chinese version of the tango.

Contango is a condition in a commodity market where the futures price for the commodity is higher than the current spot price. Essentially, the future price of oil is higher than what oil is worth today.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Crude Oil Price Forecasts / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Rachel Gearhart writes: This week’s chart looks at oil prices from December 2012 through the end of 2014. It also does something quite interesting. It shows predictions out to June 2016. To create the chart, we looked at forecasts from Goldman Sachs, analysts surveyed by Bloomberg and the futures market.

As you can see in the chart, analysts and Goldman Sachs forecast a strong rebound in oil prices.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Crude Oil Price Ten Year Forecast to 2025: Importers Set to Receive a $600 Billion Refund / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

This is an update on a long-term oil price forecasting model developed in early 2008 first posted in April 2009 as “The Impending Mother of All Oil Shocks” which was updated in December 2010 and posted as “Crude Oil Price Ten Year Forecast to 2020”.
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article24849.html
http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article10260.html

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

The Other Side of the “Oil Glut” / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The pundits continue to hawk the same reasons for the fall in oil prices.

These are always “spearheaded” by comments about surging global supply led by the onslaught of unconventional (tight and shale) oil production in the U.S.

Invariably, what’s missed by these “TV sages” are the pricing dynamics kicking in that virtually guarantee an increase in oil prices as we move into 2015.

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Saturday, January 10, 2015

Euro and Oil in the Year Ahead 2015 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: HRA_Advisory

There was enough good news in the US through December to send all the major indices in New York except NASDAQ to new all-time highs and the tech index isn’t far off. It’s all rainbows and ponies on Wall St right now which should make any sensible person a bit nervous.

As I expected oil is still in the dumps and that state of affairs should last for a while. As noted in the last issue this big a drop in oil prices is a stimulus though it’s a smaller stimulus in the US than Wall St. wants to believe. Expectations are high after the US printed 5% GDP growth in Q3. That was indeed impressive and cheaper oil should help generate good growth numbers in Q4 and Q1 2015. Things may tail off after that though.

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Friday, January 09, 2015

The Real Cause Of Low Oil Prices: Interview With Arthur Berman / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

With all the conspiracy theories surrounding OPEC's November decision not cut production, is it really not just a case of simple economics? The U.S. shale boom has seen huge hype but the numbers speak for themselves and such overflowing optimism may have been unwarranted. When discussing harsh truths in energy, no sector is in greater need of a reality check than renewable energy.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Sub $50 Crude Oil - Unbelievable Lack of Trust in the System - Video / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: David_Morgan

If the oil sector unraveled, as it is doing now, what would happen to gold and silver prices? David Morgan of Silver-Investor.com thinks, “Gold, I am pretty sure, would maintain right where it’s at, and that would be the worst case scenario, or it would go up and go up rapidly. Gold and silver may go down temporarily like we saw in 2008, but they will catch a bottom and come up. Silver in a deflationary environment has not done that well in the past. . . . Gold and silver are crisis hedges. People will say I don’t know what is happening. I’m scared. I need something I can trust. You can trust money that has been money for 5,000 years.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Two Strategies to Profit as Crude Oil Price Drops Below $50 a Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyGainsLetter

The energy sector was dismal in 2014 and it is looking like we could see more of the same for this year. If you are long on oil, you may want to read this, as oil prices could move lower and there are two strategies you can consider to profit from their drop: put options and futures.

Currently, we have the excessive supply overriding the declining demand as the global economy struggles along. China just announced its gross domestic product (GDP) growth would fall to seven percent this year; however, I think the real figure is likely already below seven percent, as there’s some fudging of the numbers. The eurozone could dwindle into another recession or see flat growth, and Russia is clearly heading for another recession in 2015, as long as President Putin continues to refuse to conform to global demands.

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Thursday, January 08, 2015

Energy Players Profit from the Oil Price "Grinch" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Getting started this year took a bit longer than usual.

When I returned home from the Bahamas, I had to hook up an entirely new system of computers and peripherals. To top it off, everything is in a new version of Windows.

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Wednesday, January 07, 2015

Top Five Factors Affecting Oil Prices In 2015 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As we ring in the New Year, let's take stock of where we are at with the oil markets. 2014 proved to be a momentous one for the oil markets, having seen prices cut in half in just six months.

The big question is what oil prices will do in 2015. Oil prices are unsustainably low right now – many high-cost oil producers and oil-producing regions are currently operating in the red. That may work in the short-term, but over the medium and long-term, companies will be forced out of the market, precipitating a price rise. The big question is when they will rise, and by how much.

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Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Next Energy Crisis As Early As 2016 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Low oil prices today may be setting the world up for an oil shortage as early as 2016. Today we have just 2% more crude oil supply than demand and the price of gasoline is under $2.00/gallon in Texas. If oil supply falls too far, we could see gasoline prices doubling within 18 months. For a commodity as critical to our standard of living as oil is, it only takes a small shortage to drive up the price.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

This Oil Thing Is The Real Deal / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Well! WTI below $50 and Brent below $53 when I start writing this. Who knows where they’ll be by the time I’m finished?! The euro down below $1.20, US stocks flirting with -2%, major European ones off -3%, Italy and Greece over -5%. Welcome to the real world, baby! Didn’t think you’d see it again so soon, did you? Welcome to the world where the Kool-Aid recovery does not reign supreme.

Not that you’re not going to hear that anymore, and 24/7 incessantly so, but there’s no recovery with these oil prices, no matter what anybody says. The damage must be gargantuan by now. Everybody’s invested in oil. Sure, lots of shorts and stuff by now, but that’s not going to do much good. Not for pensions funds, or for governments. This thing will not blow up or over softly.

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Monday, January 05, 2015

Oil Price Plunge, When Exactly Are Falling Prices Bad? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Peter_Schiff

The sudden fall in the price of oil provides a unique opportunity to examine the widely held belief that deflation is economic poison. As many governments and central banks have vowed to fight deflation at all costs in 2015, the question could hardly be more significant.

While falling prices may strike the layman as cause for celebration, economists believe that it can kick off a nasty, and often inescapable, negative cycle, which many believe leads inevitably to a prolonged recession, or even a depression. However, these same economists acknowledge that falling energy prices may offer a stimulus, equivalent to an enormous "tax cut," particularly for lower and middle income consumers for whom energy costs represent a major portion of disposable income. They suggest that the money consumers and businesses no longer spend on gasoline and heating oil could be spent on other goods and services thereby creating demand in other areas of the economy. Even Fed Chair Janet Yellen, a staunch advocate of the economic benefits of rising consumer prices, has extolled the benefits of falling oil prices.

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Politics

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Did the U.S. and the Saudis Conspire to Push Down Oil Prices? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Whitney

Are falling oil prices part of a US-Saudi plan to inflict economic damage on Russia, Iran and Venezuela?

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro seems to think so. In a recent interview that appeared in Reuters, Maduro said he thought the United States and Saudi Arabia wanted to drive down oil prices “to harm Russia.”

Bolivian President Evo Morales agrees with Maduro and told journalists at RT that: “The reduction in oil prices was provoked by the US as an attack on the economies of Venezuela and Russia. In the face of such economic and political attacks, the nations must be united.”

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Saturday, January 03, 2015

2015: Why's the Oil Price Collapsing? Answer: $8+ Trillion Carry Trade / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DK_Matai

Most in the media are utterly clueless about what's coming in 2015. It is incumbent upon ATCA 5000 to clarify the situation as we did prior to the start of The Great Reset and The Great Unwind during 2007-2008 based on our global intelligence gathering, detailed scenario planning and mathematical modelling of capital allocation and trans-national flows:

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Crude Oil Large Speculators Play Catch a Falling Knife / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dan_Norcini

Another week – another CFTC report – more of the same, namely the large speculative category, hedge funds and other reportable traders, continue their love affair with crude oil. This, in spite of the fact that the black goo has lost 50% of its price since June of this year.

I have said now for the last few weeks and will say it once more, I am completely mystified and baffled as to how the supposedly smartest and most informed traders on the planet could have gotten this market so wrong. Not only that, but that they continue to stay wrong!

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Commodities

Monday, December 29, 2014

Did Saudis And US Collude In Dropping Crude Oil Prices? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The oil price drop that has dominated the headlines in recent weeks has been framed almost exclusively in terms of oil market economics, with most media outlets blaming Saudi Arabia, through its OPEC Trojan horse, for driving down the price, thus causing serious damage to the world's major oil exporters – most notably Russia.

While the market explanation is partially true, it is simplistic, and fails to address key geopolitical pressure points in the Middle East.

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Commodities

Saturday, December 27, 2014

2015 Crude Oil Prices Won't Change the Emerging U.S. Dominance / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: My recent meetings in Dubai highlighted the profound change that will turn the balance of power in the energy industry on its head.

For years, OPEC was the puppet master, and the United States (and the rest of the world) were the puppets. They pulled the strings, and we danced. OPEC set the price of oil. OPEC controlled the supply.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

In 2015 the U.S. Will Elbow OPEC Oil to the Sidelines / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: My recent meetings in Dubai highlighted the profound change that will turn the balance of power in the energy industry on its head.

For years, OPEC was the puppet master, and the U.S. (and the rest of the world) were the puppets. They pulled the strings, and we danced. OPEC set the price of oil. OPEC controlled the supply.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Make No Mistake, the Crude Oil Price Slump Is Going to Hurt the US Too / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

If you only paid attention to the mainstream media, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the US is going to get away from the collapse in oil prices scot free. According to popular belief, America is even going to be a net winner from cheaper oil prices, because they will act like a tax cut for US consumers. Or so we are told.

In reality, though, many of the jobs the US energy boom has created in the last few years are now at risk, and their loss could drag the economy into a recession.

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Commodities

Sunday, December 21, 2014

The Damage Caused By the Oil Bear Will Spread Far and Wide / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Michael E. Lewitt writes: Oil prices continued to fall this week but stock markets shrugged off the disarray this continued to cause in global markets after Janet Yellen whispered soothing words in their ears after the Fed's last meeting of the year on Wednesday. Mrs. Yellen has become a "bull whisperer" – fearful of upsetting the equity market, she cloaks her words in indirection and equivocation in an effort to keep them calm as she prays for an economic lift-off that will take her institution off the hook.

Unfortunately, her patient is likely to be very disappointed, for it would take an economic miracle the likes of which hasn't been seen in this country since the years after the Second World War to deal with the mountain of existing debt and future liabilities that are going to bury us.

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Commodities

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Oil Drilling Our Way Into Oblivion / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Oh, that sweet black gold won’t leave us alone, will it? West Texas Intermediate went through some speedbumps Friday, but ended over +5%, though still only at $57. Think them buyers know something we don’t? I don’t either. I see people covering lousy bets. And PPT (and that’s not the one we used to spray our crops with).

The damage done must be epic by now, throughout the financial system, but we’re not hearing much about that yet, are we? We will in time, not to worry. Everyone’s invested in oil, and big time too, and they’ve all just become party to a loss of about half of what both oil itself and oil stocks were worth just this summer.

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Friday, December 19, 2014

Why Russia Will Halt the Ruble’s Slide and Keep Pumping Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

The harsh reality is that U.S. shale fields have much more to fear from plummeting oil prices than the Russians, since their costs of production are much higher, says Marin Katusa, author of The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp.

Russia’s ruble may have strengthened sharply Wednesday, but it’s plunge in recent days has encouraged plenty of talk about the country’s catastrophe, with some even proclaiming that the new Russia is about to go the way of the old USSR.

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Commodities

Friday, December 19, 2014

Oil Prices: A True Black Swan or the Work of Vultures? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Oil prices are struggling to stabilize in the wake of what some are calling a “black swan” event.

It refers to a theory popularized by Nassim Nicholas Taleb, a well-known risk analyst and statistician.

A black swan is an outlier, a development that fails to follow any normal pattern.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crude Oil Price: What's Next? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

Today, there is no shortage of opinions about oil.

So why should you bother reading this one?

Because 99% of oil forecasts out there are based on so-called fundamentals. The same "fundamentals" that back in June, when oil cost $107 a barrel, promised even higher prices due to:

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Commodities

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Crude Oil Price - The Doji-generated Reversal? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

The price of crude oil declined yesterday once again - was the bottom reached yet?

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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Crude Oil Price Epic Blowout / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Loukas

The FED’s easy money has encouraged rampant energy speculation and over-investment, resulting in more than $500 billion in new loans and investments in just the past 4 years. And so long as Crude prices stayed comfortably above $90, investments made money and everyone was happy. But once energy prices started falling, the decline quickly became a negative loop-back effect because the very high levels of leverage could not tolerate the move. Whenever asset prices fall in a highly levered market, there is often a sudden lack of liquidity to absorb the speculators’ need to unwind leverage, leading to desperation and fire sales. In the case of energy, the sudden disappearance of “investors” highlights just how speculative the underlying market had become.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Stunning Crude Oil Price Crash - Black Gold Loses its Glitter / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Peter_Schiff

The stunning 40% drop in the price of oil over the past few months has scrambled global economic forecasts, changed the geo-political landscape, and has severely pressured many energy sector investments. Economists are scratching their heads to determine if the drop is good or bad for the economy or whether cheap oil will add to or decrease unemployment, or complicate the global effort to "defeat" deflation. While all of these issues merit detailed discussions, the first question to address is if the steep drop is here to stay and whether energy prices will stay low enough, for long enough, to seriously reshuffle the economic deck. Based on a variety of factors, this is not likely to happen. I believe a series of technical, industrial, and monetary factors will combine to push oil back up to, and potentially beyond, the levels that it has seen over the last few years.

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Commodities

Monday, December 15, 2014

Is The Oil Price Collapse A Monumental Black Swan? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DK_Matai

Although the conditions for an oil price collapse have been there since 2013, yet when it arrived in the second half of 2014, it happened suddenly and then accelerated in momentum like a snowball rolling down the Alps. A truly monumental black swan with many cascading consequences for geo-strategy, financial markets and the global economy. Ten key questions discussed at a recent private lunch ATCA 5000 hosted for select chairmen and chief executives of major financial institutions, family offices and technology players:

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Commodities

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Crude Oil Price Crashing Towards $40 per Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Joseph_Russo

From speculation of international currency wars, to related geopolitical tensions, to the economics of actual supply-demand equations, there is no shortage of theories as to the reasons behind the recent tumble in crude, or if such a decline bodes ill or well for the economy of main street.

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Commodities

Friday, December 12, 2014

Petro Dollar Ponzi Madness / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dr_Jeff_Lewis

The drop in commodity, and especially oil prices, has been spectacular. The price action has generated a wide range of commentary. Some say this is a reflection of the true state of the global economy. Like the Baltic dry goods index or electricity consumption. 

Some will say the fall in oil is deflationary - priced in as the inevitable confluence of factors ranging from demographics to lack of real economic growth manifest. Or it is more evidence of failed monetary policy. And paradoxically, another excuse to double down and go the way of Japan in pursuit of a lost decade muddle thru. 

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Commodities

Friday, December 12, 2014

Will Crude Oil Kill The Zombies? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Oil producer Russia hikes rates to 10.5% as the ruble continues to plunge, while fellow producer Norway does the opposite, and cuts its rates, but also sees its currency plummet. As Greek stocks lose another 7.35% after Tuesday’s 13% loss on rumors about what the left leaning Syriza party will or will not do if it wins upcoming elections, and virtually anonymous Dubai drops 7.42%. We all know the story of the chain and its weakest link, and beware, these really still ARE global markets.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Russia’s Unfazed by Falling Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Oil is not quite as powerful a weapon against modern-day Russia as one might think.

By arguing that the slump in oil prices will finish off Russia just like it did the Soviet Union, Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, writing in the Daily Telegraph, is forgetting how far Russia has come since those dark days.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Clearing The Decks For The Crude Oil Subprime Rout / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

The Clown Prince of Overpriced Oil Bows Out
Andy Hall, the celebrated speculator on rising oil prices and related asset values is bowing out. Not long ago, he was still loudly telling the boomers that oil prices would inevitably bounce and could soon hit $150 a barrel, partly due to US shale oil "being a dud". Hall railed at anybody, like me, or Hall's pet hate, Citigroup's Edward L. Morse, who dared to argue that $75 for a barrel of oil is a very reasonable price – in fact a lot more than today's price! US natural gas and world coal, for example, provide energy at around $25 to $30 per barrel equivalent. Is oil really worth that much more? If so, why?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Crude Oil Price Tumbles After OPEC Releases 2015 Forecast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The demand for oil in 2015 will drop to its lowest level since 2002 because of an oversupply of crude and stagnant economies in China and Europe, according to OPEC's latest forecast. And that's just one of several sour estimates.

OPEC's monthly report said demand for the cartel's oil will fall to 28.9 million barrels per day next year, 280,000 barrels lower than its previous forecast and the lowest in 12 years. Add to that a new report from the US government's Energy Information Administration (EIA), which also cut its 2015 forecast for growth in global oil demand by 240,000 barrels per day, down to 880,000 barrels per day.

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where Are Crude Oil Bulls? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil hit a fresh multi-year low after the market's open, the commodity rebounded in the following hours supported by a weaker greenback. In this way, light crude gained 0.40%, but still remains under the previous lows. What's next?

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Where the Big Global Oil Players are Putting Their Money Now / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Marina and I are headed back to sunny Florida. It will be a welcome change from the brisk weather in London.

Not that I had much time to take in the scenery…

While my better half sampled the shops in Kensington High Street, I was in high level meetings in a place known as “The City.”

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Norway's Falling Crude Oil Output / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

New oil projects are being scrapped in Norway amid falling production and low oil prices.

Long held up as the model for managing oil abundance, Norway has painstakingly sought to prevent the problems that occur with other natural resource-based economies, such as corruption, slow economic growth, currency appreciation, and subsequently, deindustrialization.

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Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Crude Oil and the War Cycle 2015 and Beyond / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Clif_Droke

This year witnessed the bottom of one of several components of the 120-year cycle of inflation and deflation. The cycle to which I'm referring is the 24-year cycle. Of particular relevance is that this cycle answers to the cycle of war.

Since 1894 when the previous 120-year Grand Super Cycle bottomed and a new one began, there have been four military conflagrations at each subsequent bottom of the 24-year cycle. Most of these wars have been major in scope. The first such instance of war occurred in the years leading up to 1918, which saw the first 24-year cycle bottom of the current 120-year cycle. The 24-year cycle that bottomed that year saw the ending to the First World War. Remembering that the final "hard down" phase of the 24-year cycle approximates to almost two-and-a-half years, this represented roughly the second half of that major war, a war that involved the United States.

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Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Crude Oil Price Sinking Or Rebounding / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil lost 1.65% as a stronger U.S. dollar and news that Saudi Arabia lowered the price of oil for buyers in the U.S. and Asia continued to weight. As a result, light crude moved lower for the fourth time in a row and closed the week at its lowest level since mid-Jul 2009.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Opecology Or The Art Of Saying Nothing / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

The Threat of $57 Oil
The recent head of the World Petroleum Council, Renato Bertani speaking from Houston in interview with Russia Today TV, December 1st,  was set an increasingly ridiculous set of questions by the energetic if dumb interviewer lady in the Moscow bureau. She asked him if Peak Oil was true and if ISIS or ISIL was pricing its stolen oil (she said $30 a barrel) at the “right price”? Would oil get really cheap before it disappeared (not cheap after it disappeared)? Is fracking sustainable and are US producers lying when they say $57 a barrel is a price they can live with? Will hydrogen-fueled cars wipe out world oil demand? Would global warming terrify us so much we woke up one day and totally renounced oil? How will OPEC stabilize and control the market and set the right oil price for everybody (she didn't suggest we ask Goldman Sachs how they do it). Time for a sucker's rally!

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Commodities

Saturday, December 06, 2014

Crude Oil Price Slump: 7% Hit for Global Hotel Stock Prices and 25% Hit for Dubai Hotel Revenues Is Predicted / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

There is an increasing adjustment to the idea that the “totally unexpected” slump in oil prices to below $70 may prevail for some time.

The model that predicted since 2011 Brent would, at some point, bottom at $67 which is just 3% below where it reached yesterday (not bad for a prediction made three years ago)... says the slump will last four years.

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Saturday, December 06, 2014

Global Crude Oil Consumption - What Countries Have Increased or Decreased Usage Since 2009? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Shedlock

Reader David Epperson sent in some interesting charts on global oil usage that he produced from U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) data. The data is through the end of 2013.

David writes...

Hello Mish,

I was curious how much oil consumption had declined over the last few years, so I went to the EIA web site, downloaded the consumption data and produced the following charts.

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Friday, December 05, 2014

Why OPEC Will Tolerate Cheap Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Browne

Despite falling oil prices, the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) voted on November 27th not to cut production in order to boost prices. The key to this decision appears to have been the attitude of Saudi Arabia, which has long been the first among equals in the coalition. Not surprisingly, the decision led to further oil price declines, and led many observers to conclude that OPEC has largely lost the ability to upwardly influence the price of petroleum. But this determination ignores the wider geopolitical considerations that may be convincing Saudi Arabia to be perfectly content, for now, with lower prices.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

OPEC is Playing a Losing Hand (Get Ready to Win Some Heavy Money) / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture.

The Saudi-led oil war is one of these pivotal situations.

And while others are fretting about what the OPEC production move means, I’m actually meeting with the guys who made the decision.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 04, 2014

The Myth of Lower Oil Prices Will Hit Consumers / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Michael E. Lewitt writes: Media elites and Wall Street cheerleaders are greeting lower oil prices with open arms.

Investors should beware these self-appointed experts bearing gifts.

Oil prices are falling for reasons that should be surprising to nobody: supply has been rising and demand has been falling. If prolonged, which it is likely to be, the drop in oil prices is going to be destabilizing geopolitically and damaging economically.

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Thursday, December 04, 2014

Could Falling Crude Oil Prices Spark a Financial Crisis? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The oil and gas boom in the United States was made possible by the extensive credit afforded to drillers. Not only has financing come from company shareholders and traditional banks, but hundreds of billions of dollars have also come from junk-bond investors looking for high returns.

Junk-bond debt in energy has reached $210 billion, which is about 16 percent of the $1.3 trillion junk-bond market. That is a dramatic rise from just 4 percent that energy debt represented 10 years ago.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 02, 2014

Commodities Year End Low / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ed_Carlson

After waiting all year for the expected year-end low in commodities, SPSGCI should finally be there (although it probably doesn’t feel that way for oil bulls).  Last month’s low at 510 shows up as a possible low in my price forecasting model just as a monthly cycle points to a low in November (or December). The next monthly cycle high is not due until October 2015.

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Tuesday, December 02, 2014

The Inside Story on OPEC’s Oil Price War / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: My meetings here in Dubai are at the Burj Al Arab, the fabled “seven-star hotel” built like a huge ship’s sail on its own man-made island.

At center stage are some of the region’s top oil policy makers, including a rather impressive forty-one year old, His Excellency Suhali Mohamed Faraj Al-Mazrouei.

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Commodities

Monday, December 01, 2014

If Crude Oil Price Can Drop 40%, What’s Gold Going To Do? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Amusing, that Swiss vote today. Or rather, the three votes. I can’t oversee why the first one, the hike in taxes for foreigners, was rejected. It would seem reasonable that everyone living in a country pays a similar amounts in taxes, but perhaps there’s another angle to the topic that I haven’t read about.

The second vote, the one on immigration limits, initiated by an eco group, looks easier to understand. In a country smack in the middle of continental Europe, which has 3 official languages and where 25% of the population are foreigners, forcing the government to limit immigration by 80% from one day to the next, from 80,000 to 16,000 people, seems to be quite simply too steep a demand.

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Commodities

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Oil Charts - Black Friday in The Energy Markets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Rambus_Chartology

Tonight I would like to update a few oil charts I posted several weeks ago when oil was breaking out of that multi year five point triangle reversal pattern.

Editor's Note: See the links below to follow the evolution of this move in the Friday Night Energy Series.

Before we look at the bigger picture I want to show you a short term daily chart that had an interesting day. There are several things I like to look at when I see a stock that looks like it's breaking out. First, it's nice to see an increase in volume but sometimes it happens a day or to later. Secondly, it's always nice to see a gap where you were expecting a breakout. That gives you a little more confidence when your anticipating a breakout and it happens right where it should. The third thing I like to look for is a long bar that covers a lot of ground. It tells us that, in oils case, there were no more bulls left to defend the support zone, so they retreat en mass looking for the next support zone to try and defend. In a bear market all the bulls can do is put up some minor support as the big trend is down and they'll be overrun again in due time by the bears. You can clearly see this on the short term daily chart for oil below.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crude Oil Price Crash - What to Expect Next / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Looking back to 2007 (seven years ago) we have seen the price of crude oil perform incredible price swings. No matter the time frame in which we observe price when an extreme price spike takes place due to news/event, statistics show that half if not all the event driven price spike will eventually be negated in the future.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 29, 2014

OPEC Presents QE4 and Deflation / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Thinking plummeting oil prices are good for the economy is a mistake. They instead, as I said only yesterday in The Price Of Oil Exposes The True State Of The Economy, point out how bad the global economy is doing. QE has been able to inflate stock prices way beyond anything remotely looking fundamental, but energy prices have now deflated instead of stocks. Something had to give at some point. Turns out, central banks weren’t able to inflate oil prices on top of everything else. Stocks and bonds are much easier to artificially inflate than commodities are.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Crude Oil Price's Ups and Downs / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Mauldin

Today’s Outside the Box is special, because I’m about to give you a preview of things to come at Mauldin Economics. For months now I have been saying to my partners that we need to develop a service for the professionals who read me – the financial advisors, portfolio managers, family offices… you know who you are. And I’m excited to tell you that we are very close to making this service a reality. It will be called Mauldin Pro, and it will feature global macro and geopolitical research and analysis, portfolio recommendations, monthly interviews with some of the best talent in the business, and quarterly seminars to help you improve your game.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Crude Oil Asset Bubble Trouble / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Nothing Ikonic about the Gold / Oil Ratio
Assuming for discussion that a 15-to-1 ratio between the price of I Troy ounce of gold and 1 barrel of oil is a long-term average or “ikonic ratio”, ( http://www.zealllc.com/2005/gorex2.htm) this would apply for $2 oil and $30 gold as much as $120 oil and $1800 gold. But the asset bubbles built around oil and gold would be rather different, each time. Also, coming down and off highs for the gold price, or for the oil price, there would be major bloodshed among the related overpriced and now-irrational asset values, but in the case of oil assets this will include national budgets, national FX values and even global economic growth. Deflating an oil asset bubble has a lot more ramifying impacts than coming down from a high for gold.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

A Short Tale About the Grand Manipulation of Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Happy Thanksgiving from Dubai.

I’ll have much more to tell you about my meetings in Paris, Frankfurt, and here on the Persian Gulf coast next week.

But today I’d like to fill you in on an interesting wrinkle I’ve uncovered dealing with the ongoing saga of why oil prices are so low.

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Commodities

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Where Is the Price of Crude Oil Price Going? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Long positions with a stop-loss at $72.78 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil gained 0.47% as Thursday's solid U.S. data and talks that OPEC may consider trimming production continued to support the commodity. As a result, light crude left the recent consolidation and closed the day above $76. Will we see a rally to $80 in the coming days?

On Friday, crude oil climbed to an intraday high of $77.83 as the combination of solid U.S. data continued to support the commodity. How did this increase affected the very short-term picture of crude oil? (charts courtesy of http://stockcharts.com).

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Monday, November 24, 2014

The 2014 Crude Oil Price Crash Explained / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

This is an article by our good friend Euan Mearns at the University of Aberdeen. It was originally published here .

  • In February 2009 Phil Hart published on The Oil Drum a simple supply demand model that explained then the action in the oil price. In this post I update Phil’s model to July 2014 using monthly oil supply (crude+condensate) and price data from the Energy Information Agency (EIA).
  • This model explains how a drop in demand for oil of only 1 million barrels per day can account for the fall in price from $110 to below $80 per barrel.
  • The future price will be determined by demand, production capacity and OPEC production constraint. A further fall in demand of the order 1 Mbpd may see the price fall below $60. Conversely, at current demand, an OPEC production cut of the order 1 Mbpd may send the oil price back up towards $100. It seems that volatility has returned to the oil market.
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Sunday, November 23, 2014

Why Crude Oil $80 Is the New Normal, Reasons Saudi Arabia Will Not “Swing” / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Now the dust from the Shock & Awe of the 30% drop in oil prices has started to settle, two things are clear: (a) Saudi Arabia did not engineer anything (b) they don’t have a Machiavellian plan to stick one up the wildcatters in North Dakota, or the Russians...the Iranians...the Venezuelans, or even the genius from the Daily Telegraph who was bemoaning the fact that if oil prices go down it will be hard to import inflation into U.K.
Here are five good reasons why they are going to pass on the opportunity to slash their oil production by 30% so that other OPEC members can cheat and make a windfall, like they all did in 1987/8.

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Commodities

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Who’s Ready For $30 Crude Oil Price? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

How low can and will oil prices go, and what will the effects of those prices be? I bet you’ll have a hard time finding even just two people who have the same opinion on that. Not that it’s merely a matter of opinion, mind you, there are a great number of real life factors that come into play. It’s not an easy game.

OPEC gets together next week, and it’s a cartel divided. Many if not most of its members are suffering some kind of losses at present prices, and the obvious choice seems to be to cut output in order to raise prices again. But that’s not easy either, because at lower prices they need more output, not less, to minimize the damage. Besides, is non-OPEC producers don’t cut their output, OPWC cuts may do very little to lift prices.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Iran Nuclear Negotiations, OPEC Meeting Loom For Oil Markets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As November draws to a close, there are two major events that could profoundly change the oil markets.

With the clock ticking, the 5 permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany (P5 plus 1) are negotiating down to the wire with Iran over its nuclear program. The two sides have made substantial progress, but some difficult issues remain unresolved ahead of the November 24 deadline.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Forget About Crude Oil Price Testing 2009 Low / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Austin_Galt

Oil has hit a slick recently with price sliding over 30% in the last five months. There are now calls for price to potentially  test the 2009 lows. While I think this is a bit extreme, let’s investigate the charts to see what the evidence there suggests.

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Commodities

Monday, November 17, 2014

Are Crude Oil's Bears Over? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Long positions with a stop-loss at $72.78 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil hit a fresh four-year low on Friday, the commodity rebounded sharply as upbeat U.S. data and speculations that OPEC countries may consider cutting output supported the price. As a result, light crude closed the day above $75 and invalidated the breakdown below important support lines. Is it enough to trigger a trend reversal?

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Commodities

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Whatever Happened To $100 Crude Oil Price? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

The Paradigm Shift
Business news provider Bloomberg, November 14, cited a Tass interview in which Vladimir Putin says that Russia is prepared for "catastrophic falls" of world oil prices and export revenues – on a day when Nymex oil market players and manipultors engineered a classic "sucker's rally" with a one-day 2.5% jump in Brent and WTI prices!  Putin is unlikely to be fooled by that rally and Russia, like China has been making very large gold purchases as an insurance policy on likely or probable major currency upheavals, in Russia's case including intensified attacks in the present "war on the ruble" to punish its support for rebels in eastern Ukraine.

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Commodities

Sunday, November 16, 2014

IEA Says Oil Supplies May Not Keep Up With Demand / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Despite what appears to be a saturated oil market in 2014, oil producers around the world will struggle to meet rising demand over the next few decades.

In its latest annual World Energy Outlook, the International Energy Agency (IEA) warned that the current period of oil abundance may be fleeting, and in fact, without heroic levels of production increases, oil markets will grow dangerously tight in the coming years.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Still Lower Prices Ahead For Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sy_Harding

Crude oil prices, at a four-year low, have plunged 30% in the past six months, and it looks like they are destined to fall further.

In its monthly report, released Friday, the International Energy Agency said, “Our forecasts indicate that barring any new supply disruptions, downward price pressure could build further through the first half of 2015.”

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Commodities

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Crude Oil Price Sinking Or Rebounding / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Long positions with a buy limit order at $75.82 and a stop-loss at $73.47 are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

Although crude oil moved lower after the market's open, the commodity erased losses later in the day, hitting an intraday high of $78.04 as concerns over the situation in Libya supported the price. In this way, light crude gained 0.45% and bounced off the recent lows. Will we see a post double-bottom rally in the coming days?

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Billionaire Insider Just Made a Bold Bet on Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: There was a very dramatic development in the oil market last week. It involved a well-known insider and a bullish bet on crude.

Harold Hamm, the CEO of Continental Resources Inc. (NYSE:CLR), announced that his company – a major producer in the Bakken and other U.S. unconventional oil basins – had unwound its hedge positions.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 08, 2014

What Crude Oil's Ratios Are Saying About Future Price Moves? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Without a doubt, Oct was the worst month for oil bulls since May 2012. In the previous month, the commodity lost over 11% as the combination of a stronger greenback, rising supplies and weaker demand weighted on the price. Additionally, the first days of the new month have been very negative for oil investors. After the breakdown below the psychologically important barrier of $80, oil bears pushed the price lower and light crude hit a four-year low of $75.84, breaking under long-term support lines. In this way, the commodity posted its sixth weekly loss in a row. Will light crude drop any further in the nearest future? Is it possible that crude oil's ratios will give us some interesting clues?

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Commodities

Friday, November 07, 2014

$80 Crude Oil Price is the New Normal Minimum / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Saudi Arabia has nothing to do with falling prices at the pump, argues Bob Moriarty. He sees falling demand as the culprit, driven by economic slowdown in China, Europe and the U.S. In this interview with The Energy Report, Moriarty explains why increased consumer spending won't solve our problems, and discusses why he's still a fan of North American energy stocks—even though he hates shale oil.

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Commodities

Friday, November 07, 2014

Why the Saudis are Fighting a Losing Battle Over Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: For the second time in a month, Saudi Arabia has grabbed the headlines in the oil markets. The kingdom is cutting prices again in its global oil feud.

In its latest version, Saudi Aramco (the national oil company) has restored an earlier price cut to Asia, but reduced its price to U.S customers.

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Commodities

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Why We Need Overpriced Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

High on High Priced Oil
Royal Dutch Shell's new chairman Chad Hallyday says that falling oil prices are the top of his agenda and like other “historic majors” such as ConocoPhillips and ENI, Shell gets a painful bottom line hit from lower prices. Reported by the 'Financial Times', October 31, Hallyday says that each $10 fall in the barrel price means $3 billion less earnings a year and a prolonged period of Brent prices around $85 a barrel would translate to $8 bn-a-year of reduced profits for Shell. Nevertheless Hallyday is not only a former BofA banking chief, but also co-chaired the UN's high level group on sustainable energy, which in 2011 pledged a doubling of renewable energy in world energy by 2030. The recent doomster grandstanding by UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon to “prevent planetary disaster from global warming” calls for the total elimination of all fossil fuels “before the end of the century”.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Lower Crude Oil Prices Carry Geopolitical Consequences / Politics / Crude Oil

By: STRATFOR

Since mid-June, the price of Brent crude oil has fallen by nearly 25 percent -- going from a high of $115 to about $87 a barrel -- and structural factors are causing concern among global oil producers that oil prices will remain near current levels through at least the end of 2015. This concern has caused several investment banks to slash their oil price outlooks for the immediate future. Stratfor believes that oil supplies will stay high as energy production in North America increases and OPEC countries remain hesitant or unable to cut production significantly. Moreover, in the short term, the Chinese economic slowdown and stagnant European economy will limit the potential for growth in oil demand. These factors could make it harder for global oil prices to rebound to their previous levels.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Total War over the Petrodollar / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

The conspiracy theories surrounding the death of Total SA’s chief executive, Christophe de Margerie, started the second the news broke of his death. Under mysterious circumstances in Moscow, his private jet collided with a snowplow just after midnight. De Margerie was the CEO of Total, France’s largest oil company.

He’d just attended a private meeting with Russian Prime Minister Medvedev, at a time when the West’s relationship with Russia is fraught, to say the least.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Crude Oil Price Sinking Or Rebounding / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): No positions.

On Friday, crude oil lost 0.68% as concerns over a global oversupply continued to weigh. Additionally, soft U.S. housing data pushed the commodity below $82 per barrel. Will we see another test of the strength of the psychologically important level of $80?

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Commodities

Friday, October 24, 2014

Saudi Move to Cut Oil Prices Is Now Russia's Biggest Economic Threat / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

As I discussed recently (Why the Saudis Are Cutting Oil Prices), Saudi Arabia has made headlines by cutting oil prices, not production.

It seems the Saudis are more interested in grabbing market share than in attending to the present state of the market.

That move seems calculated to undercut the effect the United States has on global oil markets, even though that effect is indirect.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Crude Oil Price Hitting Bottom / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Bob Loukas writes: In the past, we’ve discussed at length the structural problems facing Crude. So the pressure the energy markets are under, both from the demand and supply sides, should come as no surprise. This double whammy to the Crude market is not likely to be resolved overnight; demand-supply issues require time to work through a market.

Through hydraulic fracking and a massive influx of investment capital, the US has again become a major oil producer. But it’s the speed with which new supply from the US has come on line that has taken the market by surprise and rocked prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Low Crude Oil Prices Hurting U.S. Shale Operations / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Slumping oil prices are putting pressure on U.S. drillers.

The number of active rigs drilling for oil and gas fell by their most in two months, according to the latest data from oil services firm Baker Hughes. There were 19 oil rigs that were removed from operation as of Oct. 17, compared to the prior week. There are now 1,590 active oil rigs, the lowest level in six weeks.
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Currencies

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Crude Oil Price Blues (Read: Dangers) for Some / Currencies / Crude Oil

By: Steve_H_Hanke

As the price of crude oil continues its downward tumble towards $80 per barrel, I am reminded of a similar scenario from near the end of the Cold War in the 1980s. When Saudi Arabia announced in 1985 that protecting oil prices was no longer its main priority, oil production surged and prices fell off a cliff, briefly plunging below $10 per barrel, as I had correctly predicted.

Lower prices delivered a fatal blow to the Soviet economy, which ended up seeing $20 billion per year in oil revenues evaporate. The resulting fiscal shortfalls proved to be a dagger in the heart of the U.S.S.R.

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Politics

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Why OPEC Has Declared an Oil War on Russia / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As I discussed recently (A Calculated Saudi Move Aimed at America), Saudi Arabia has grabbed the headlines by cutting oil prices, not production.

It seems the Saudis are more interested in grabbing market share than in attending to the present state of the market.

That move seems calculated to undercut the effect the U.S. has on global oil markets, even though that effect is indirect.

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Commodities

Friday, October 17, 2014

When... Not if... Crude Oil Price Drops Below $70 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Since mid 2010 the oil industry was getting used to Brent averaging around $110. From then to mid 2014 share prices of Halliburton (HAL) Schlumberger (SLB), Hercules (HERO), Transocean (RIG) etc, went up by average 250%. By way of a benchmark for the collective enthusiasm in the idea of the irreversibility of Peak Oil, MODU (jack-up drilling rigs) utilization and day rates climbed into the champagne-all-round arena. According to IHS, a consultancy, there are 118 new ones being built so as to complement the current worldwide fleet of 550. About 40% of those are in China thanks in part to the 5% you used to be able to put down grace of the beneficence of the Bank of Chairman Mao...which incidentally has the smell of the dry bulk carrier enthusiasm seven years ago, also largely financed by the Bank of Chairman Mao.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Crude Oil Prices Continue to Define Geopolitics / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: STRATFOR

Editor's Note: Oil prices dropped steeply Oct. 14, with crude oil futures falling 4.6 percent to $81.84 per barrel -- the biggest decrease in more than two years. Brent crude dropped by more than $4 a barrel at one stage in the day, dipping below $85 for the first time since 2010. While these are relatively substantial drops, they are just one part of a continuing trend Stratfor has been tracking over the past few months. Factors behind the slump include weak demand, a surfeit of supply and the fact that many large Middle Eastern producers are reluctant to reduce their output.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

King Coal Strikes Back at the Obama Administration / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The latest salvo in the “Coal Wars” comes from the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), and it’s aimed squarely at the Obama Administration.

Of course, the ACCCE isn’t exactly an impartial observer. In fact, you might say it has one huge dog in this fight.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

How To Blow Up OPEC In 3 Easy Steps / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

It’s easily been longer than I care to remember that I first wrote it was only a matter of time before individual OPEC members would throw out the cartel’s agreements on prices and production, and just produce at full force and capacity, and then some. We may have seen that time arrive.

The underlying reason I first talked about it was two-fold. First: the economic crisis, which could lead to one thing only: less global demand. And second: the fast increasing wealth and population numbers in oil-producing nations which, as initially defined by Jeffrey Brown and Sam Foucher in the Export Land Model, has proven to be a much bigger factor in OPEC economies than people realized.

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Commodities

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Why Overpriced Crude Oil Failed / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Forget the Secret Deals
US-Saudi petrodollar recycling or the "Secret Deal" between the USA and Saudi Arabia dating from the early 1970s and heavily associated with Richard Nixon, Henry Kissinger, the US Treasury  Dept and US Federal Reserve was anything but a secret deal, and public domain information on this system is easily available. Ultra basically, petrodollar recycling worked best with high oil prices. The long slump of oil prices through 1986-2002, was basically engineered, at its beginnings, by Saudi Arabia with full US support to deny revenues to Khomenei's Iran in its 1980-88 war against Saddam Hussein's Iraq, seen by the Sunni-dominated Gulf States as holding back the Islamic revolutionary Shia of Iran. Saudi Arabia certainly did not profit from low oil prices and after the period of 1974-86, it consistently reduced its deposits of "windfall gain" petrodollars in the US Fed Reserve system.

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Commodities

Friday, October 10, 2014

Crude Oil Price War - A Calculated Saudi Move Aimed At America / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: In 280-279 B.C., the Epirian King Pyrrhus defeated the Romans in two consecutive battles. But he suffered such a large number of casualties that his army could no longer carry on the fight.

Ever since then, the term “Pyrrhic victory” has become synonymous with winning at too high a cost.

These days some are beginning to wonder if the Saudis are marching down the same road.

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Commodities

Friday, October 03, 2014

The Best Way to Play Crude Oil Right Now / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As I’ve been noting for some time now, making money in the energy sector is no longer pegged to higher crude oil prices.

In today’s environment, picking winning oil stocks is more about where a company drills, how it manages its assets and operations, as well as the broader flow of supply and demand.

In this case, it’s all about selecting the right target – companies that are built to weather the inevitable dips in the price of crude.

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Commodities

Friday, September 26, 2014

Why the Pundits are Wrong About Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Several pundits attributed yesterday’s spike in oil prices to the recognition that the fight against ISIS in Iraq-Syria will be a long one.

As usual, the 30-second TV wonders missed the boat.

Of course, the ongoing chaos in the Middle East is certainly a factor. To the extent that oil traders begin to calculate its impact into their risk models, there will be an effect.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

All Eyes on Kenya: The Next Big Oil Exporter / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent. 

When it comes to new oil and gas frontiers, today it’s all about Africa. And more specifically, it’s all about the eastern coast, with Kenya the clear darling--not just because it’s outpacing neighboring Uganda by leaps and bounds, but also because despite some political instability hiccups and the threat of militant al-Shabaab, it’s still one of the safest venues in the region.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

How Falling Oil Prices Could Trigger an "Unpredictable and Dangerous Mess" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The dive in crude oil prices continued yesterday as yet another selloff targeted the energy sector for a particularly big hit.

Of course, this too shall pass.

The crude oil markets are oversold and a rebalancing will bring prices back up a bit over the near term.

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Commodities

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Two Strikes Against Light Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Following the August 26, 2014 Market Minute titled "WTIC prices break down", Light crude oil prices has fallen 5.9% since late August.

Abundant supply from the U.S. and the Middle East plus a rising U.S. dollar has sent oil prices down to the first support level at $92.

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Thursday, September 11, 2014

Gold, Crude Oil and U.S Dollar Link Intensifies / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Monday, the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco published a report, which indicated that central bank is growing closer to raise interest rates. As a result, the US Dollar Index, which tracks the performance of the greenback against a basket of six other major currencies, climbed to a 14-month high. Since then, ongoing expectations that U.S. interest rates will be rise sooner rather than later have been supportive for the U.S. dollar, making crude oil and gold more expensive for holders of other currencies.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Russia And Iran Put Oil-For-Goods Deals Into Motion / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: GoldCore

Russia-Iran Oil-for-Goods Contracts

Representatives of the Russian and Iranian governments met in Tehran yesterday for the 11th meeting of the Iran-Russian Trade Council, where details of a ground breaking oil-for-goods swap between the two heavily sanctioned countries were revealed.

With both countries now sanctioned by the West, Russia and Iran have been in extensive negotiations on how to facilitate Iranian oil exports without breaching the UN Security Council nuclear deal that was agreed between Iran, Germany and the five UN Council permanent last January.

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Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Crude Oil Price Downtrend Continues / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude Oil fell to a new low on Monday so we see prices now already in fifth wave and labeled wave (iv) as a flat correction. As such price may go even lower by the end of the week, to 90.00 area where we will be looking for some evidences of a low as this psychological level may turn into a technical support.
this bearish move was already anticipated on our past updates

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Thursday, September 04, 2014

Overpriced Oil – The Fundamental Facts / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Andy Hall Takes a Bet
Sometimes dubbed the Billionaire Better who always gets things right, Andy Hall has come out swinging. Bloomberg, September 3, reports Hall as saying US shale oil (and even shale gas) “are a dud” and will play down and out much faster than most people think. Hall says there is no way that either US or world oil prices can erode down to around $75 a barrel. He says barrel prices will be closer to $150 within 5 years, by at latest 2019. Hall is buying long-dated oil futures contracts to as far out as 2019 on that basis

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Commodities

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Stronger U.S. Dollar Implications for Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil lost 2.70% as the combination of disappointing Chinese data and stronger U.S. dollar weighed on the price. Because of these circumstances, the commodity bounced down the medium-term resistance zone and approached the recent lows. Will they withstand the selling pressure?

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Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Why Brent Crude Oil Prices Won’t Fall Below $100 a Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Chad Shoop writes: All the talk about oil these days would lead you to suspect that we are overflowing in abundance, with enough of the black gold lying around the U.S. to significantly reduce our dependence on Middle Eastern and European oil. This happy talk has even sparked discussion of oil independence for Americans — but this couldn’t be farther from the truth. Given the rising cost of producing oil, oil prices won’t fall below $100 a barrel — at least not for any significant length of time.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

How the “Uncertainty Factor” Drives Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Despite a world of geopolitical tension, oil prices have remained steady.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) has been holding in the mid $90′s, while Brent continues to trade in the low $100 range.

This trading dynamic tells us two things…

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Commodities

Monday, August 18, 2014

Crude Oil Price Decline – To What Price? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Triple Digit Prices are Not Forever
In what is only superficially amazing at a time when Islamic insurgency, including Boko Haram in Nigeria and ISIS in Iraq may be threatening the state, civil society and the oil sector in major exporter countries, oil prices are declining quite rapidly. The “magic three digit” price level for oil - $100 a barrel  come rain or shine – has been seriously eroded for US WTI and may soon also be attacked for Brent. The major reason for this decline is sharper than expected and forecast decline in leading economic indicators for many large importer countries, including Japan and the EU28. Monthly oil import demand outturns for China and India are variable, but have suffered major contractions relative to previaling rates before 2010.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

The Greatest Investment Theme of This Decade / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

Matt Badiali writes: It's not too late to grab a stake in the U.S. oil boom...

Yesterday, I shared my experience at the U.S. EIA 2014 Energy Conference last month in Washington D.C. In short, some of the smartest people in the industry, like Daniel Yergin, are projecting U.S. oil production could nearly double from today's levels within the next 20 years.

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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Crude Oil Up and Down. Who Will Take Control? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Tuesday, crude oil lost 0.68% as the bearish report from the International Energy Agency and waning concerns over Iraq supply disruptions weighed on the price. As a result, light crude re-tested the strength of the support zone and approached the recent lows. Will we see a breakthrough in the next few days?

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Oil Market QE Premium Is Coming out of Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

The Fed Giveth & Taketh with Policy

The Fed may pat themselves on the back for creating the ‘wealth effect’ in stocks, and hope like heck that some of this wealth trickled down and through the rest of the economy, but it is quite evident what the Fed giveth on one hand they taketh away on the other hand in terms of higher oil and commodities prices like gasoline prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

These Events Could Unhinge Two Global Hotspots And Send Crude Oil Price Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Kent Moors writes: Over the last 36 hours, two events have occurred that may indicate the situation in two global hotspots is getting worse.

Both have the potential to have a significant impact on energy prices in the future.

First, the Islamic State (IS), the terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), attacked the Mosul Dam.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Crude Oil Is the New Gold Standard / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Today I want to tell you a story about energy - especially crude oil.

It involves my run in with the steak bandit...

Just stay with me here...

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

The Bigger Oil Story Behind the Headlines / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Michael Levi writes: While we fixate on sexy headlines about Chinese military threats in the South China Sea, for instance, or Washington 'lifting the ban' on crude oil exports, we miss the bigger stories -- and we miss the reality. China's relentless resource quest has the greatest impact on trading prices, which may not make for headline news, but is a very important reality, while the stories about the US lifting the crude oil ban were just wrong.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 05, 2014

Apocalypse Now For Crude Oil Prices – When Isis Takes Baghdad / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Dangerously Converging Contexts
As of now we can at least theoretically scenarize a world oil shock at least equal to the so-called 'Arab oil embargo' of 1973-74. The chronology shows that Arab oil exporters joined by the Shah's Iran, from October 1973 cut their total supply by 5% a month to obtain their political-economic demand for much higher prices “for as long as needed”. By January-February 1974 they had started delaying or freezing the monthly 5% cuts in supply. By March when Israel withdrew the last of it soldiers from the Egyptian side of the Suez Canal the embargo started winding down.

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Commodities

Friday, August 01, 2014

Oil Price Major Shift Afoot / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Oil prices are dropping as Exxon announces a -5.7% plunge in output. And as Shell, as I said yesterday, can think of nothing better to do with its remaining funds than to spend it on share buybacks and dividends. Perhaps shareholders should take the money and run. Because what sort of future can they expect for a company that acts like that?

Western oil companies have tens of billions invested in Russian projects they may or may not have access to anymore now the sanctions are coming into effect. The scourge of insecurity. Never good for industry, never good for markets. Prices will rise again, and a lot, just ask Putin, but that doesn’t take away the insecurity over Big Oil’s chances of – even medium term – survival.

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Commodities

Friday, August 01, 2014

July 31 An Amusing Day For Overpriced Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Suddenly There Is Ample Supply
Newswires and energy sites on the Internet desperately sought rational explanations of why oil could not only flirt with the “100 dollar benchmark” but (OMG!) fall well below it in just a few days of so-called “hectic trading”. We can now await the pro domo explanation from Goldman Sachs telling us this is only a “temporary downward blip”. Keep calm and carry on. The natural price is well above $100 a barrel.

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Politics

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Alaskans need to stand up for free market, reject flawed oil tax 'reform' / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Stephen_Merrill

By listening to this summer’s political commercials, Alaskans could rejoice that a job-friendly atmosphere has been restored to the Alaska oil slope due to the end of the ACES pricing structure now replaced by the pre-ACES lower tax rates. So, Vote No on Ballot Measure 1 to create Alaska jobs!

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Commodities

Monday, July 28, 2014

Has Crude Oil Price Recovery Ended? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude Oil rallied away from 98.64 which has been expected because of a completed five wave decline, but it seems that recovery has ended now, close to 61.8% retracement level after three waves up. Notice that crude oil also moved slightly beneath wave (b) swing which suggests a completed rally. Therefore, traders need to be aware of a bearish impulse and continuation back to 98.65.

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Commodities

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Two Buy Signals in Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Christopher Rowe writes: To help us analyze this chart of light, sweet crude oil, let’s use two momentum indicators:

  • The MACD (Moving Average Convergence Divergence) indicator
  • The RSI (Relative Strength Index – not to be confused with “relative strength”).
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Commodities

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Crude Oil Price Bearish Continuation / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude Oil is rallying away from 98.64 which has been expected because of a completed five wave decline, but now recovery can already be counted in three legs that reached levels around 61.8% Fibonacci level, which means that recovery can be at the end. In fact, prices turned nicely down yesterday, slightly beneath the corrective channel that is pointing to lower prices. Ideally we will see a bearish continuation back to 98.60 in days ahead.

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Commodities

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Oil Path Signals Wrong Way For World Energy / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Energy Worlds Apart
Recent publication of this year's BP Statistical Review of World Energy illustrates several mega trends in world oil and for energy in general. The Review provides time-series charts where the key change decade of 2003-2013 is covered. These underline how the primacy of oil is threatened. To be sure, wrong way data and false flag trends exist – for example and in particular that China and the US, the world's two biggest economies and two biggest oil importers, now import about a half of the oil they each consume and use.

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Commodities

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Reality Blows Crude Oil Price Seriously Off Course / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Friday the 13th For Oil Came On Friday 11th July
In classic fashion market operators and manipulators gave a false signal to hopeful speculators, by nudging up oil prices on the Nymex, ICE and other oil markets, on Thursday 10th July. Then the market riggers crushed them, Friday 11th, with a 2.2% one-day crash of prices. To be sure we have to wait for Monday 15th trades to see if the new canonical oil price of $100-per-barrel can be set back in place like Humpty Dumpty, and will hold.

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Commodities

Friday, July 11, 2014

Black Gold: Oil Option Trade Setup – Will Oil Bounce? Who Cares! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Oil futures were on the tip of every political and financial pundits’ tongues less than a month ago as geopolitical tensions in Iraq heated up. Fast forward to today, and tensions in the Middle East have intensified further. However, since June 25th oil prices have been falling fast.

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Commodities

Friday, July 11, 2014

Crude Oil Price Time for Recovery? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Thursday, crude oil gained 0.94% as profit taking and upbeat U.S. jobless claims data supported the price. As a result, the commodity bounced off a very important support zone and came back above $102 per barrel. Does it mean that the bottom of the recent correction is in?

Although crude oil hit a 2-month low of $101.55, declining to slightly below the June low, the commodity reversed and rebounded as traders who had bet on falling prices made purchases yesterday to close those positions.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

5 Countries Most Plagued by Crude Oil Theft / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Nigeria

As much as 400,000 barrels of oil a day are stolen in Nigeria. This equates to losses of $1.7 billion a month for Africa's new largest economy. This represents 7.7 percent of its GDP vanishing, or more than the country spends on education and healthcare. These numbers paint a harsh picture about the inability of the Nigerian government, and the multinational oil companies in the Niger Delta, to do anything about this rampant theft.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Are We Running Out of Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: For many years, a number of industry experts have been sounding the alarm that America, and the world, are about to run out of oil.

This is nothing new. In 1914, the Bureau of Mines said that U.S. oil reserves would be exhausted by 1924. The Interior Department said global reserves would last 13 years… and that was in 1939. In 1956, Shell Oil geoscientist Marion King Hubbert advanced his peak oil theory, which said that world oil production had peaked and would begin to decline until all of the oil was gone.

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Commodities

Monday, July 07, 2014

Bearish Reversal In Play For Crude Oil Price? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude Oil has turned bearish in the last two weeks and is now already testing the trendline connected from the start of January. As such, a three wave rally up in wave 2) can be finished, which means that bearish trend may even accelerate in the next couple of weeks. We however, still need a decisive break of that line as well as a daily close beneath wave B level; 101.60 support.

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Commodities

Friday, July 04, 2014

A Crude Interruption? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Tony_Caldaro

In the world of financial assets everything appears to be calm. Risk is on, CDS premiums and the VIX near all time lows, short/long term interest rates cheap, and central banks continue to flood the markets with liquidity. So how could a “black swan” arise from the ashes to disrupt the world’s economy?

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Commodities

Thursday, July 03, 2014

Crude Oil Price Heading North or South? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Tuesday, crude oil lost 0.30% as the combination of Chinese and U.S. data weighed on the price. Because of these numbers, light crude declined temporarily below its nearest support zone and closed the day slightly above it for the second day in a row. Will we see a breakdown or a rebound from here?

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Crude Oil Price Breakdown or Trap? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Although crude oil moved little higher on Friday, hitting an intraday high of $106.19, the commodity reversed and posted its second weekly loss in three weeks as the immediate threat of losing Iraqi oil supply due to violence in the country faded. As a result, light crude closed the week below the medium-term support. Will it trigger further deterioration?

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Commodities

Sunday, June 29, 2014

What’s Driving America’s Oil Boom (This Could Make You a Bundle) / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

The amount of oil produced in the U.S. has skyrocketed more than 50% over the last six years.

Now small towns all across the U.S. are filling with new-found wealth… and a new breed of millionaires.

Who’s leading the way? It certainly isn’t the big major oil companies.

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Commodities

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Is Crude Oil Price Breaking Out? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Christopher Rowe writes: Light sweet crude oil has broken out of an ascending triangle with a minimum price target close to $113.

The ascending triangle is a pattern that’s formed when an investment vehicle (in this case, light sweet crude) makes even highs and higher lows.

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Commodities

Saturday, June 28, 2014

How Long Does The OPEC Party Keep Going? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

The 30 Mbd Limit
Temporarily reprieved by Syria, Libya and Iraq oil prices can be kept from falling, or stoked higher by Goldman Sachs and the dwindling band of “oil and energy market maker banks”. These include the now not-so-Teflon market rigging fraudsters Barclays, Deutsche Bank, SocGen, JP Morgan and a small number of others, like BNP Paribas. If you want to know why oil prices are high – ask them.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Crude Oil Price Turns Sharply Lower / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude oil has turned sharply lower yesterday, from a new high. A decline on 15min chart can be counted as an impulse, so we think that top has been reached and that price will continue to the south. With that said, keep an eye on any three wave rally back to 106.20-106.40 from where downtrend could resume. 107.34 is now short-term critical resistance, as long this one holds we will be looking down.

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Commodities

Monday, June 23, 2014

Crude Oil Price Higher Short-Term, Lower Longer-Term? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Friday, crude oil gained 0.54% as ongoing worries over the potential of supply disruptions from Iraq continued to weigh on the price. As a result, light crude climbed above the resistance line, invalidating earlier breakdown. Will this bullish factor trigger further improvement in the short term?

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Commodities

Friday, June 20, 2014

WTI Crude Oil Price on the Move $112 Next Stop / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

The energy sector has surged during the last two months which can be seen by looking at the XLE Energy Select Sector Fund. If crude oil continues to climb to the $112 level, XLE will likely continue to rally for another few days or possibly week as energy stocks are considered a leveraged way to play energy price movements.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 19, 2014

The Oil Crisis Price Spike Is Just Getting Started / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: First there was the crisis in Ukraine. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Iraq exploded into chaos again.

Both testify to one simple truth about today's energy sector: Geopolitical factors are the quintessential wild cards when it comes to estimating energy prices.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Crude Oil Price Breakdown or Trap? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Tuesday, the price of crude oil wobbled between gains and losses throughout the session as mixed data and profit taking weighed on investors' sentiment. As a result, light crude reversed after an increase to the resistance zone and declined below an important medium-term support line. Will this event be strong enough to trigger a sizable correction?

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Commodities

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Iraq Wake Up Call For Oil Is A Yawn / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Forward Looking Statements
The IEA's energy scenarios and forecasts for the next 21 years, to 2035, heavily feature long-term increases of oil supply from Iraq to help meet “soaring oil demand”, but the IEA's Factsheet for Oil Supply in Iraq, published 13 June, allows and enables some doubt. In particular this concerns the Agency's previous forecasts of “ever growing Iraqi supply”. In turn, the Agency's continued forecasting of world oil demand increasing by 12 - 15 million barrels a day by 2035 (from the IEA's estimate for early 2014 of about 90 Mbd) should be compared with the actual status and forward trends of oil in world energy. Overall, this raises plenty of doubt on the real need for increasing Iraqi oil supply.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Crude Oil Prices Spike as Iraq Chaos Takes Hold / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: First there was the crisis in Ukraine. Then seemingly out of nowhere, Iraq exploded into chaos again.

Both testify to one simple truth about today’s energy sector: Geopolitical factors are the quintessential wild cards when it comes to estimating energy prices.

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Commodities

Sunday, June 15, 2014

We Are So Not Prepared For Another Crude Oil Price Shock / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Rubino

In one sense, energy doesn’t matter all that much to what’s coming. Once debt reaches a certain level, oil can be $10 a barrel or $200, and either way we’re in trouble.

But the cost of energy can still play a role in the timing and shape of the next financial crisis. The housing/derivatives bubble of 2006 -2008, for instance, might have gone on a while longer if oil hadn’t spiked to $140/bbl in 2007. And the subsequent recovery was probably expedited by oil plunging to $40 in 2008.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 12, 2014

The World's Five Most Important Oil Fields / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Much has been made about the role that hydraulic fracturing – or fracking -- has played in revolutionizing the energy landscape, unlocking vast new reserves of oil trapped in shale rock. This "tight oil" is pouring into the global pool of oil supplies at a crucial time, preventing oil prices from spiking in an age of high demand and geopolitical turmoil.

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Commodities

Sunday, June 08, 2014

Crude Oil Price Turns Bearish / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude Oil has turned bearish recently, away from 104.00-104.50 resistance where we were looking for a wave (d) high. Notice that market turned nicely down, through the support channel line that confirms the bearish view for a three wave drop into wave (e) back to 100-101 area. Once those levels will be seen, we will turn bullish as big triangle since March could then be near completion. At the moment we see wave c) down in progress so triangle can already be in final stages.

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Commodities

Friday, June 06, 2014

Crude Oil Prices, Opec And Other Peak Oil Stories / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

When In Doubt, Worry About Oil
One of the starkest oil worry pot pourri presentations – ruthlessly mingling fact, fiction and fantasy (but pretending its all fact) – can be had here http://energypolicy.columbia.edu...

Steve Kopits is the Managing Director of a known and still-in-business oil and energy forecasting firm, Douglas-Westwood. Both Kopits and D-W would appear to be (still) employable, but for how much longer we can only guess. The Kopits presentation is showcased by the Dublin sustainable economy and development firm FEASTA, with an even more ghastly presentation by David Knight called 'Peak Oil and Climate Change – Two Sides of the Same Coin?' FEASTA says that, as it perceives things,  Global Warming and Peak Oil are the two largest threats to the planet, human life and civilization.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Canadian Law Makes It Cheaper To Prevent Oil Sands Leaks Than Clean Them Up / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

As the Canadian government pushes a new law rendering pipeline companies liable for all damages from leaks and spills, the only friend to both sides in this polarized world of dirty oil sands is leak prevention technology.

On May 14, amid heightened opposition to two planned pipelines, Canada's Natural Resources Ministry unveiled a new law making pipeline operators liable for all the costs and damages related to oil spills, regardless of whether the operators were at fault or demonstrated negligence.
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Commodities

Monday, June 02, 2014

Crude Oil Price for the Bulls or Bears? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Friday, crude oil lost 0.61% as disappointing U.S. economic data and profit taking weighted on the price. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude declined below $103, approaching its first downside target. What’s next?

On Friday, the data showed that the Thomson Reuters/University of Michigan consumer sentiment index ticked up to 81.9, disappointing  analytics expectations for a reading of 82.5. Additionally, the Commerce Department reported that personal spending in the U.S. dropped 0.1% last month, also below expectations for a 0.2% rise, while U.S. core personal consumption expenditures (without food and energy) rose 0.2% in April, in line with expectations. These disappointing data fueled worries that demand in the largest oil-consuming nation wouldn't be strong enough to reduce high supplies.

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Politics

Thursday, May 29, 2014

The Colder War and the End of the Petrodollar / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

The mainstream media are falling over themselves talking about Russia’s just-signed “Holy Grail” gas deal with China, which is expected to be worth more than $400 billion. But here’s what I think the real news is… and nobody’s talking about it—until now, that is.

China’s President Xi Jinping has publicly stated that it’s time for a new model of security, not just for China, but for all of Asia. This new model of security, otherwise known as “the new UN,” will include Russia and Iran, but not the United States or the EU-28.

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Monday, May 19, 2014

Crude Oil Price At Crossroads / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Friday,  crude oil gained 0.61% as strong U.S. economic data and ongoing worries over the crisis in Ukraine weighted on the price. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude came back above $102, but does this growth change the short-term outlook for the commodity?

On Friday, better-than-expected numbers from the housing sector gave crude oil a support. The Census Bureau reported that U.S. building permits rose 8% to 1.080 million units last month (while analysts had expected an increase to 1.010 million units in April) and the Commerce Department showed that U.S. housing starts rose 13.2% last month to 1.072 million units, beating expectations of 980,000 gain (it was the largest increase in five months).

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Thursday, May 15, 2014

Crude Oil Boom Reaches Tipping Point / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Sean Brodrick writes: The tsunami of U.S. petroleum production has been underway for several years, but last month it reached a tipping point.

Global oil production plunged in March thanks to steeply lower OPEC output... while America's production soared to a 26-year high.

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Commodities

Monday, May 12, 2014

Breakthrough in Crude Oil Price Only A Matter Of Time / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Friday, crude oil hit an intraday high of $101.18 supported by ongoing concerns over tensions in Ukraine. Despite this improvement, the commodity reversed and lost 0.20% as weaker-than-expected economic data from China and a stronger dollar weighted on the price. Because of these circumstances, light crude erased earlier gains and temporarily slipped below the psychological barrier of $100 once again. Is it enough to trigger another sizable downswing?

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Friday, May 02, 2014

The Best Way to Profit from Peak Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

The era of cheap oil is over, declares Angelos Damaskos. In this interview with The Energy Report, the principal adviser of the Junior Oils Trust says that oil will become progressively more expensive to find, with prices topping the all-time high of $147 per barrel within 10 to 20 years. He counsels that investors should avoid the majors (too stodgy) and the pure explorers (too risky) and should instead choose producers or near-producers, highlighting five companies with good reserves and room to grow.

The Energy Report: You are the principal advisor of the Junior Oils Trust. What are the advantages of junior oil companies?

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Battle Between WTI and Brent - Why the Oil Price “Spread” is Getting Tighter / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The spread between WTI and Brent is tightening again.

What’s “the spread?”…

It’s the difference in price between what crude oil futures cost on the NYMEX in New York (the West Texas Intermediate rate) and the rate set in London (the Brent rate).

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Commodities

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Slippery Oil Prices Keep Traders on their Feet / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Crude oil price slipped on Wednesday and came very close to reaching a two-week low after weak Chinese manufacturing data. The WTI futures contract for May sustained a loss of $2.24 per barrel after it expired on Tuesday April 22 at $102.13 from an opening price of $104.36. Brent for June was also trading low on Wednesday after it already lost 47 cents during the previous day. But the markets remain volatile as the Ukraine-Russia political tensions might cause a price rally any day.

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Politics

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Peak Oil And Global Warming – A Question Of Culture / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

In The Beginning Was the Word

Certainly for the last 20 years these two themes have tunneled into political consciousness, but there are huge differences. Peak Oil was never “official”, but Global Warming or at least anthropogenic global warming quickly became official, in the UN system, EU28 countries, the US, Japan, Canada and Australia, and some other developed countries. Today, in the cases of Japan, Canada and Australia the political commitment has already gone, and the downstream financial spinoff from the global warming theme, which enabled market operators to concoct and play with climate credit default swaps and a host of other all-new paper assets, has seriously ebbed. Outside of these countries, in the G20 and Russia, global warming always had a much tougher ride. Yet another stark Russia-versus-the West split occurred on this issue. Russia has a long and tortuous politically-charged obsession with a coming Ice Age – not the swamping of all coastal cities by global warming melting the planet's ice caps.

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Commodities

Monday, April 07, 2014

Cheap Oil Could Be a Big Problem / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Steve McDonald writes: According to a recent Barron’s article, the huge shale oil and gas reserves in the U.S. and and worldwide will give a huge boost to the U.S. economy and drive oil prices down to as low as $75 in the next few years.

It only makes sense. According to optimistic estimates, the U.S. could be energy independent by 2020. That means a huge reversal of the status quo.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Crude Oil Price Still Remains Below Important Resistance / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term; our opinion): Short. Stop-loss orders for crude oil and WTI Crude Oil (CFD): $102.95.

On Friday, crude oil gained 0.95% as concerns about economic sanctions against Russia weighted on the price. In this way, light crude climbed above $100 for the first time since March 11. Despite this increase, crude oil gave up the gains in the following hours and finished the day below this important barrier once again.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Crude Oil Price Remains In Consolidation / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term, our opinion): Short. Stop-loss orders for crude oil and WTI Crude Oil (CFD): $102.95.

On Tuesday, crude oil gained 1.60% after information that a pipeline connecting Oklahoma storage with Gulf Coast refineries will be open sooner than previously expected. Thanks to this news, light crude rebounded, finishing the day above $99 per barrel.

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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Mexico Oil Market About to Break Open for Investors / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Kent Moors writes: Marina and I are off again. Early tomorrow morning, I’m making my fourth trip to Mexico City in less than two years.

This time, I’ll be making a major presentation at a Bloomberg advisory session on the recent opening of the Mexican energy markets.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Will OPEC Collapse – Libyan P.M. Flees To Europe / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Inevitable Break-up of Libya
Presaged by months of political infighting, and street fighting outside parliament, former Libyan prime minister Ali Zeidan fled from Libya, 12 March, according to newswires. Reuters explained his flight to Europe as due to parliament voting him out of office on Tuesday March 11, following his inability to stop rebels exporting oil independently. Reuters and other newswires added that the rebel forces set a “brazen challenge to the nation's fragile unity”, and had actively threatened Ali Zeidan with assassination, several times.

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Thursday, March 06, 2014

Crude Oil Price Sharp Drop / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Wednesday, crude oil lost 2.27% as tensions cooled in Ukraine and U.S. supply data missed investors’ expectations. Because of these circumstances, light crude erased all its gains from Monday's jump and dropped below $101 per barrel.

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Monday, March 03, 2014

New Spy Technology to Spawn Oil Revolution / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The future of oil exploration lies in new technology--from massive data-processing supercomputers to 4D seismic to early-phase airborne spy technology that can pinpoint prospective reservoirs.

Oil and gas is getting bigger, deeper, faster and more efficient, with new technology chipping away at “peak oil” concerns. Hydraulic fracturing has caught mainstream attention, other high-tech developments in exploration and discovery have kept this ball rolling.

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Commodities

Monday, March 03, 2014

Does the Keystone XL Pipeline Still Matter? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ronan_Keenan

Last month it seemed the Keystone XL pipeline was nearing approval, but as with most things surrounding the project, things weren’t as they seemed. A US state department report reviewed the Alberta, Canada–Nebraska pipeline and indicated the project was unlikely to have a significant impact on climate change. This seemed like a significant positive step for pipeline, but within the details of report were critical comments from the Environmental Protection Agency.

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Commodities

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Gold and Crude Oil Short-term Outlook / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Gold has moved well above 1300 mark, and is forming an extended leg from 1251, triangle low. Notice that we have adjusted the wave count, but we see a corrective advance from 1181 now at 1330 resistance. We are observing more simple count now this time; a zigzag with a triangle placed in wave (b). We also know that wave (b) pattern CANNOT be labeled as wave two, because triangles never occur in wave two position. So, because of that situation we are even more confident that rally is a contra-trend and that gains will be limited. A decline beneath 1290 area could be an important sign for a confirmed top.

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Commodities

Saturday, February 22, 2014

Crude Oil Price Declines Slightly / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Thursday, crude oil moved lower as the U.S. dollar strengthened after solid U.S. economic data and stocks of distillates fell less-than-expected. Despite this small drop, light crude still remains near a 4-month high, slightly below $103 per barrel.

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Commodities

Monday, February 17, 2014

America's 99 Problems… But Crude Oil Ain’t One of Them / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

America has some serious problems.

Despite the fact that the United States spends $15,171 per student—more than any other country in the world—American students consistently trail their foreign counterparts, ranking 23rd in science and 31st in math.

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Commodities

Friday, February 14, 2014

Oil Trading Alert: Crude Oil Price Hits Fresh Monthly High / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Wednesday, crude oil rose on better than expected economic data from China and climbed to its highest level since late October. Despite an increase to a fresh monthly high, light crude reversed after the EIA data showed that crude inventories rose more than expected. In this way, crude oil lost 0.11%, but closed the day above $100 per barrel.

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Commodities

Monday, February 10, 2014

Crude Oil Trading Alert: Oil Price Hits Fresh Monthly High / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Trading position (short-term): In our opinion no positions are justified from the risk/reward perspective.

On Friday, crude oil gained 2.27% as the U.S. dollar weakened against major currencies after a monthly U.S. employment report came in weaker than expected. Thanks to these circumstances, light crude extended gains and rose above $100 per barrel for the first time in more than a month.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Oil Trading Alert: Crude Oil Price Extends Declines / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

On Monday, crude oil lost 0.84% as weaker-than-expected U.S. and Chinese economic data fueled concerns over crude oil demand. Thanks to this news, light crude closed the day below $97 for the first time since Jan 27.

Data released over the weekend showed that China's Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index dropped to a six-month low, falling to 50.5 in January from 51.0 in December. This weaker-than-expected numbers raised questions about economic growth in the world's second largest oil consumer (after the U.S.) and weighted on the price of light crude.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

NYMEX No Future For Crude Oil Futures / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Potatoes to Oil

According to Leah McGrath Goodman's well-researched book “The Asylum: The Renegades Who Hijacked the World's Oil Market", the start of Nymex oil trading was in major part due to traders who stumbled upon oil futures after screwing up Maine potato futures. Their trading “industry” or gambling party had been built on predicting the Maine potato harvest, and—much more importantly—trying to manipulate potato prices, to the point that regulators were finally forced to act. They shut down the potato futures market in 1976, after repeated defaults on physical deliveries of more than 25 000 tons of potatoes. As Goodman explains, the traders were forced to cast around for something else to trade. Then-Chairman of the Nymex, Michael Marks tried to boost futures trading in boneless beef and plywood, but that didn't work. In 1978 however, Marks hit on the right thing and introduced heating oil futures - which was the jackpot gusher that led to 30 years of good times.

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

OPEC Warned On 2014 Crude Oil Supply Glut / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

TIMELY ADVICE TO OPEC
Leo Drollas, the head of the Saudi-backed, London-based Centre for Global Energy Studies in a 3 December interview with New Europe on the eve of the 4 December OPEC meeting, itemized several supply-side reasons why present high oil prices are not forever. Apart from the USA's record-breaking output of oil driven by its shale-oil production, Drollas said: “Next year, Iraqi oil will increase by 300,000 barrels a day, we think at least, there will be 250,000 more from Venezuela, there will be possibly 1 more million barrels from Iran, when Iran comes back, and Libyan oil should return”.

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Commodities

Friday, January 17, 2014

Brent Crude Oil Price Faces Headwinds in 2014 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

EIA Petroleum Report

In reviewing the EIA weekly petroleum report, the oil imports figure came in at 6.889 (Million Barrels per Day) for the week ending 01/10/14. This number compared to a year ago 8.030 (Million Barrels per Day) puts a nice cap on the downtrend which really started gaining steam in 2010 onward.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Violence Threatens to Thwart Iraqi Crude Oil Resurgence / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

A wave of violence has swept parts of Iraq at the start of 2014 as the central government fights back against Al-Qaeda aligned militants in Anbar Province. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) reportedly took control of Ramadi and Fallujah, bombing police headquarters and killing dozens. On New Year's Day Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki sent in reinforcements to take back control of Anbar Province's two largest cities. The clashes kick off 2014 in much the same way as 2013 ended – a return to violence in a country that had seen important security gains in recent years.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 09, 2014

What 2014 Has in Store for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyGainsLetter

Mohammad Zulfiqar writes: Since September 2013, crude oil prices have come down. This has left many investors question where they are headed next. In September of last year, crude oil prices reached as high as $110.00, and now they trade almost 15% lower, around the $94.00 level. Look at the chart below to get the precise picture.

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Commodities

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Crude Oil Price Corrective Rally / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude oil is still trading to the upside towards $100 per barel. It seems that move from 96.20 is in five waves so we adjusted the wave count as market could already be making wave C, final leg of wave 4) that could turn down from 100-101 resistancea area.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Relaxing U.S. Crude Oil Exports Ban is Bad News for Consumers / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

US Energy Boom

The US is producing much more energy domestically the last decade in all forms from natural gas to crude oil with a myriad of boutique products along the way, and so it is natural for producers to want to maximize profits by expanding their marketplace.

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Commodities

Friday, December 20, 2013

What the Fed Taper Means for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Yesterday afternoon, after much gnashing of teeth, the Fed finally revealed its long awaited taper plans…

And the DOW jumped by almost 300 points.

Now, the taper itself is small to start – just a $10 billion reduction for the month of January. But the announcement was coupled with a pledge to keep the fed funds rate at zero beyond the 6.5% unemployment threshold.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Collapse Looming for Crude Oil Market in 2014? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Pravda

Foreign experts provide devastating forecasts for the oil market and believe that the conflicts in the Middle East would affect the value of "black gold." According to the experts, price per barrel will fall at least five times. One of the major players, the Russian Federation, will then be in a disadvantaged position. However, Russian experts were quite amused by these forecasts.

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Politics

Monday, December 16, 2013

How China Just Grabbed 90% of Ecuador’s Oil / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: I was a guest on Chinese national television last night. The discussion was via a live satellite link that had me sitting in a Pittsburgh studio with the feed traveling through their affiliate in Washington.

I’ve done this before. But this time the discussion was all about a subject I have been personally involved in.

It had to do with the big Chinese move into Ecuador – one that has given Beijing the upper hand over who really controls of the country’s oil.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crude Oil Prices Could Fall to $80/Barrel? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: Oil prices are heading higher on the chart with the cash West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude rallying back toward the $100.00 level after threatening to test $90.00.

Steady economic signs in the United States, China, and Japan—the three largest economies in the world—along with some muted growth in the eurozone and Europe are adding some spark to the oil futures… But hold on; doesn’t the buying seem somewhat premature?

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Crude Oil Price Three Legs Up To $100 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Crude oil reversed sharply to the upside last week so it seems that five waves down completed wave 3) and that current rally is a part of a contra trend reaction. We are talking about wave 4) that could stop around 100 area, but after three legs. For now, we see only one leg from the lows so expect to see more sideways or even bullish price action during the next few days.

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Commodities

Saturday, December 07, 2013

OPEC Warned On 2014 Crude Oil Supply Glut / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

TIMELY ADVICE TO OPEC
Leo Drollas, the head of the Saudi-backed, London-based Centre for Global Energy Studies in a 3 December interview with New Europe on the eve of the 4 December OPEC meeting, itemized several supply-side reasons why present high oil prices are not forever. Apart from the USA's record-breaking output of oil driven by its shale-oil production, Drollas said: “Next year, Iraqi oil will increase by 300,000 barrels a day, we think at least, there will be 250,000 more from Venezuela, there will be possibly 1 more million barrels from Iran, when Iran comes back, and Libyan oil should return”.

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Commodities

Friday, December 06, 2013

Crude Oil Price Outlook / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In our previous essay we focused on the oil-stocks-to-oil ratio and its implications for oil stocks. However, at the end of November we checked this ratio to find out what impact it could have on future crude oil's moves. At that time we wrote the following:

(...) the first thing that catches the eye on the above chart is a strong negative correlation between the ratio and the price of light crude.(...) the ratio remains in the gap between the April 2009 low and May 2009 high (...). In all previous cases, such a position of the ratio triggered a correction, which resulted in higher prices of light crude. Additionally, the ratio has approached the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level (based on the entire 2009-2011 decline), which is a strong resistance level. Taking the above into account, if history repeats itself once again and the ratio declines, we will likely see the bottom of the current correction.

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Politics

Thursday, December 05, 2013

The Future of OPEC / Politics / Crude Oil

By: STRATFOR

The prospect of revitalized oil production in Iraq and Iran may add to tensions between those two countries and Saudi Arabia over export quotas. On Dec. 4, representatives of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) will meet in Vienna to discuss a number of topics. OPEC is facing two challenges. First, OPEC's historically biggest consumer -- the United States -- is rapidly increasing its own domestic production. At the same time, OPEC must deal with plans to expand oil production envisioned both by Iraq and Iran, which could lead to lower prices than the cartel desires. Ultimately, however, emerging markets in Asia will set global demand, and their energy thirst will determine the scale of the problem OPEC faces.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Will Strong Resistance Zone Stop the Oil-Stocks-to- Crude Oil Proce Ratio’s Rally? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In our last commentary on oil stocks from Nov. 20, we examined the NYSE Arca Oil Index (XOI) to find out what the current outlook for oil stocks was. In the summary, we wrote that the combination of a strong resistance level (the upper line of the smaller rising wedge) and the position of the RSI may encourage sellers to lock profits and trigger another correction in the coming days.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Brent-WTI Crude Oil Premium - Strangers In The Night / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT
'Oil & Gas Journal' in an article by RBN Energy in its July 23, 2013 edition, when the premium or differential for Brent grade oil against US West Texas Intermediate collapsed to nearly zero from highs above $25 in 2011 and 2012, and a 2013 peak of $23 to date, said that despite the rebounds and recoveries, the premium has to decline. Its fundamentals are bad, the logic is bad, and the premium has strong headwinds. For oil brokers and traders, however, the heavily traded “premium trade” is still good for a flutter on the markets. Brent's premium shook itself out of bed and jumped from $14.64 to $16.21 in the week ending Nov  22, in two days trading but fell back the following week. 

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Commodities

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Soaring U.S. Crude Oil Storage - Set to Pass 400 Million Threshold / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Trend is to Store more Oil

A year ago oil in storage stood at 274 million barrels, and with another robust year of domestic production, and despite curtailed imports, the US Oil Inventory stands at 391 million barrels and climbing.

We are still technically in the building season for oil supplies which peaked in late May just shy of 400 Million Barrels, before the drawing season kicked off with the exporting of gasoline through increased refinery utilization led by the gulf coast refiners with their increased capacity to take advantage of the spread differential and cheaper operational energy in natural gas to export refined products more competitively than peer nations.

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Commodities

Friday, November 29, 2013

What the Iranian Nuke Deal Means for the Crude Oil Markets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The big news over the weekend was the apparent “breakthrough” with Iran.

I say “apparent” because we don’t know much about the substance of the deal. The reason is because the substance doesn’t exist yet.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Crude Oil Price Balancing Act For The Trader Community / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

MODERATION AND EXCESS
In the immediate wake of the Iran sanctions-unwinding agreement thrown together with many unanswered question in Geneva, Sunday night, Brent crude fell $2.29 or about 2.7% to settle at $108.76 a barrel, while US-traded West Texas Intermediate was down $1.44 to $93.40, in response to the agreement. Analysts were however quick to warn that Iranian exports are unlikely to jump in the short term because key limitations on sales – including a ban on crude oil but not finished product exports to the EU – will remain in place until a comprehensive deal is reached, starting six months from now.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Iran Nuclear Deal: What the Big Six Really Have to Gain / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Over the weekend, the world changed.

Officials from Iran made a deal with six countries (the US, Russia, China, England, France, and Germany)—in exchange for suspending the world's sanctions on Iran, Iran will curb its nuclear weapons program.

Though it's only a six-month interim agreement for now, it's an important first step toward bringing Iran economically closer to the rest of the world.

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Commodities

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Stocks to Oil Ratio Implications for Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In our commentary from Nov. 14, you could read about the connection between oil stocks and the general stock market. Back then, we wrote the following:

(…) we clearly see that the XOI and the S&P 500 have moved roughly in the same direction in the recent years (…) a strong positive correlation remains in place also on a short-term basis.

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Thursday, November 21, 2013

Can Oil-Stocks-to-Oil Ratio Tell Us Crude Oil Price Future Moves? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In our essay on oil stocks from Nov. 14, we focused on the connection between the XOI and the general stock market to find out what impact the S&P500 index could have on the oil stock index's future moves. Back then, we also wrote about the relationship between the oil stocks and crude oil:

(...) crude oil has remained in the narrow range, but yesterday it climbed above $95. What's interesting, at the same time the XOI increased slightly above an important resistance. Although they moved in the same direction after weeks of negative correlation, this positive correlation might be just another temporary phenomenon - especially when we factor in the weekly outlook.

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Monday, November 18, 2013

Why is Crude Oil Overpriced? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

POLITICAL RISK VERSUS ENERGY ECONOMICS
Expressed in terms of price for 1 barrel equivalent of oil energy at present market prices, world coal costs about $14.50 per barrel FOB (before transport costs), US domestic natural gas costs about $20.50 per barrel, while European and Asian natural gas is priced at more than $65 per barrel, but will surely and certainly decline in the next 3 – 4 years.

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Wednesday, November 06, 2013

Crude Oil Price Shakedown / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

BEWARE THE BULLS
As I already noted in several articles, WTI grade oil at less than $100 a barrel is something of a revolution and an open incitation for Wall street's “heavy lift brigade” to plunge protect and lift prices back up to what they think is the right level. The leading member of the heavy lift brigade, Goldman Sachs, has until relatively recently bragged that WTI could reach $125 a barrel by Dec 31st or early in the new year.

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Tuesday, November 05, 2013

What Can We Infer From the Crude Oil Price to Oil Stocks Ratio? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

The first days of the new month have been hard for oil bulls. After the breakdown below the lower border of the declining trend channel the buyers didn’t manage to stop oil bears. The bears showed their claws on Thursday and pushed the price below the October low. This event resulted in a heavy decline, which took light crude below $95. On top of that, yesterday we saw further deterioration and crude oil dropped to a new monthly low of $94.06.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Do Oil Stocks Have Better Upside Potential Than Crude Oil Price? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

In the previous week the price of crude oil not only dropped below the psychological barrier of $100, but also reached a new four-month low of $95.95. On the other hand, the buyers managed to push light crude higher at the end of the last week. Earlier this week we saw further improvement and the price climbed to almost $99 per barrel.

Taking the above circumstances into account, you are probably wondering what impact they had on oil stocks. Before we examine the current situation with the oil stock index, let’s focus on the relationship between the WTI and the XOI in the short term.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crude Oil and Its Connection with the U.S. Dollar / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

The recent months have been tough for the U.S. currency. Since July the greenback has lost 6% and dropped to a new eight-month low on Friday. Investors avoided the dollar, firstly after the Fed opted against cutting its stimulus in September and then as the budget spat in Washington pushed the country close to a default. Despite this decline, yesterday, the dollar pulled back from an eight-month low as investors awaited delayed U.S. jobs data.

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Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Crude Oil Teeters On The Brink – Of $100 A Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

MEMORIES OF THE 1986 PRICE CRASH
Like the US debt ceiling saga – with the only possible result being more debt - the ultra-magic triple-digit dollar price of US WTI, and of course more for European Brent, needs extraordinary measures to stay that overblown. In the case of the US debt mountain the Fed does the extraordinary (over)blowing, but for oil WTI counts on heavy lifting by leading members of Wall Street's oil market manipulator clique – sometimes called “investors” - who not so long ago forecast WTI as easily able to attain $125 per barrel by December 31st.

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Thursday, October 17, 2013

Who Controls Libyan Oil? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

LIBYA'S BEEFEATER LEAGUE DEFENDS THE OIL
In August, Reuters reported from Tripoli:  “Libya will use all means, including military force if necessary, to prevent striking security guards at the country’s main ports from selling its crude oil independently, Prime Minister Ali Zeidan said”. Zeidan called the security guards a critical challenge to the government, because strikes at Libya’s two largest ports have pushed production and exports to their lowest levels since the civil war that ousted 42-year veteran leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011.

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Monday, October 14, 2013

Crude Oil Price Change of Trend or Just a Correction? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

The previous week was quite hard for the oil bulls. Light crude lost almost 2% and slipped to its lowest level since July 3. When we take a closer look at the chart of crude oil we clearly see that the price of light crude remains in the narrow range between $100 and $104 per barrel. Since the beginning of the month oil bulls and bears have pushed it above or below the 38.2% Fibonacci retracement level, however, neither the buyers nor the sellers have had enough strength to win and trigger another bigger move.

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Thursday, October 10, 2013

Crude Oil Price Volatility on the Way? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Tom Therramus writes: In a previous Oil-Price.net articles published in 2010 and 2011 , I discussed predictive relationships that appear to occur between large, rapid swings in oil price and recessions, stock market crashes and shifts in political polls. Given the economic disruptions that nearly always happen in the aftermath of oil shocks, it seems important to understand what is behind the timing of transient instabilities in the oil markets.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

How to Profit From China's Crude Oil Crisis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

cpittman writes: America is the strongest nation on Earth, but we depend on foreign energy suppliers. In fact, we import more oil than any other country. This is our crucial weakness as a superpower.

Now, that is changing big-time in ways that are good for America and bad for China. And this change offers you extraordinary investment opportunities.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Is Crude Oil a Step Behind or Ahead of the Oil Index? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

Tensions in the Middle East have always had an impact on everyday life around the world through their effect on the price of oil. During the last month we saw this impact very clearly. At the beginning of September, the price of light crude dropped as fears of U.S. military action against Syria faded. In the following days, crude oil declined as Libya's production recovered to nearly 40% of pre-war capacity. Higher crude oil output in Iraq was an additional bearish factor, which pushed the price lower. In the previous week, investors watched closely all the US-Iran news. On Friday, the price of oil fell as tensions eased between the United States and Iran after the Obama-Rouhani talks.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Crude Oil Helps Unfreeze US-Iranian Relations / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

SAVING PRESIDENT OBAMA
Missing in the diplomatic and media hoopla surrounding US-Iranian relations, for example the missing “photo op” handshake between the USA's Obama and Iran's new president Rouhani at the UN General Assembly, the three-letter-word oil was also absent.

For some, given Obama's often farcical and fumbling foreign policy initiatives, it might seem the mounting momentum for an end to Iranian sanctions is only another initiative with no real goal except saving the president. As we know, a phone call between the two turned out to be “almost as good as a handshake”. As we also know, ending sanctions and normalizing US-Iranian relation may move very rapidly – whatever Israel can do trying to slow it.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Will Russia Lose Its Crude Oil Grip on Europe? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Vladimir Putin is on a roll. Ever since the Russian president-turned-prime-minister-turned-president got into office 13 years ago, he's been deftly maneuvering Russia back into the ranks of global heavyweights. These days, he's averting cruise missiles from Syria before breakfast.

For a strategy to return Russia to superpower status, Putin had to look no farther than his own doctoral thesis, Mineral Natural Resources in the Development Strategy for the Russian Economy.

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Thursday, September 26, 2013

Crude Oil Price Could Reverse Up from 101-103 Support Zone / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

Few weeks back oil reversed sharply from the 112 high when a five wave rally from 91.00 area completed a larger degree of an extended wave 3). As such, the contra-trend reaction is called a corrective retracement that is now unfolding but maybe near completion.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Damascus Dodges a bullet, Make This Crude Oil Move Immediately / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Damascus may have dodged a bullet (or a cruise missile), but nothing else has changed very much. Not in terms of risk.

That explains why the "Syrian Premium" remains. It may be slightly reduced, as you'll see. But it is likely to stay with us even after the threat of a military solution has been averted.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Crude Oil Prices, Syria, and the Probability of a Price Shock / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: J_W_Jones

Oil prices have been in the spotlight as the Syrian chemical weapons crisis became front and center in the media. As the political process has unfolded, price volatility in oil futures in both directions has been extreme. Oil prices have traded in a wide range the past two weeks between $104 – $112 dollars per barrel.

As a professional option trader, I wanted to look at what the implied volatility within options on oil futures was saying about future oil prices. The oil futures option chain would give me some possible clues about near and intermediate term price direction.

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Thursday, September 12, 2013

Crude Oil Price Forecast: The "Syrian Premium" Is Not Temporary / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: By an apparent agreement to place its chemical weapons under international control, Syria seems to have dodged an imminent American military attack.

Yet even as the world takes a step back from the brink, three critical questions still remain:

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Monday, September 09, 2013

Attack on Syria Could Trigger Fuel Apocalypse / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Pravda

In an anticipation of the war in Syria, the global oil market starts to shiver. A barrel of oil has recently jumped up to $115, which, according to experts, is not a limit. Some analysts give quite gloomy forecasts. They authoritatively declare that the world is standing on the verge of gasoline apocalypse.

In the Russian part of the Internet, there is a very popular forecast from U.S. expert Brandon Smith, who considers Syria a spring board for apocalypse that has been planned by the US establishment. His list of 20 looming, pretty grim events, includes those associated with the cost of oil.

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Monday, September 02, 2013

Crude Oil Price No Breakout But the Trend Remains in Place / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Nadia_Simmons

From today’s point of view, it seems that the situation hasn’t changed much since our last Oil Update, because light crude is trading between $105 and $107 per barrel once again - just like it did a week ago. However, last week was very interesting and brought a significant improvement in the oil market – a positive change which, eventually, turned out to be only temporary.

The crude market is always sensitive to Middle East conflict. As you remember, prices rose to $115 on the unrest in Libya two years ago and to $110 on Iran’s nuclear program. In the previous week we saw similar price action.

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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Syria Attack, Pipeline Politics, OPEC & the U.S. Dollar / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Jim_Willie_CB

Syria is about the last gasp for the Petro-Dollar, the emergence of energy pipeline geopolitics, the rise of the NatGas Coop, the new dominance of Russian Gazprom, the eclipse of OPEC, the fall of the house of Saud, and a grand adjustment process in global commerce and banking. Refer to trade settlement outside the USDollar and diversification away from USTreasury Bond reserves management. It took some time to realize it, but the Cyprus bank incident was a misdirected attack against Gazprom. It failed. The entire Arab Spring movement, an ambitious disruptive project waged with foolhardy ambitions, has turned on itself. Egypt fell, its US puppet discharged. The entire North African region will be in flames soon. The USGovt interfered with a grand industrialization project for European industry, to be placed on North Africa intended to take advantage of cheaper labor, available minerals, nearby resources, and easy shipping. The resentment of Europe will show up in the future. The Middle East and Persian Gulf region is shifting its salute to Russia & China, as the noisy sectarian battles have been a common fixture since long ago. Bahrain has erupted. Saudi is clamping down and converting into an Islamic police state to create the Iran-Saudi repressive bobsey twins. Chaos is the longstanding objective of the USGovt in foreign policy infection, no change in decades.

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Friday, August 23, 2013

Gold Begins to Rally Against Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

As we expected, the "gold-to-oil" ratio is working in gold's favor...

Back on July 26, we noted how the "gold-to-oil" ratio was ready to snap back in gold's favor. At the time, we reminded readers how this kind of "ratio trade" isn't a conventional "buy a stock and hope it goes up" trade. "Ratio trades" involve trading one asset against another asset. For example, one of the most important ratios in this group is the "gold-to-oil" ratio.

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Thursday, August 22, 2013

Mounting Tensions in Middle East to Push Crude Oil Prices Higher? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: InvestmentContrarian

Sasha Cekerevac writes: While many Americans might be disturbed by recent news of the ongoing mass violence in Egypt, it’s unlikely that many have considered the economic impact the growing violence could have on America. And if you think the impact won’t be all that significant, you would be wrong.

Oil prices are already seeing the effects of the violence, as the market sector is extremely sensitive to any increase in political uncertainty on the world stage.

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Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Crude Oil Price Corrective Pause Appears Complete; 110 Back in View / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Gregor_Horvat

OIL is trading slightly lower after recent reversal from the upper channel resistance line shown on the 4-hourly chart. However, we cannot ignore a three wave decline from July high which is clearly a contra-trend movement, called a zig-zag in Elliott Wave theory. With that in mind, we will continue to look for higher prices on crude oil as long as 102.15 support is in place. As such, we suspect that current set-back is wave (ii) that may look for a support in 104-105 zone, in one of the Fibonacci support levels. Reversal from there, in impulsive fashion back to 108 will be nice indication for a bullish moves, but then towards 110 level.

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Politics

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Saudi Oil Clout And The Fate Of Egypt / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

OIL SHOCK FOR SOME – FOOD SHORTAGE FOR EGYPTIANS
Since August 14 Egypt's continuing existence as a unified state is unsure. The country may be plunged into a long and deadly civil war on the 1990s Algerian model (see my article: 'Algerian scenario for Egypt?” http://www.marketoracle.co.uk/Article41630.html). Since the army-led overthrow of Mohamed Morsi, July 3, showing their outright support for the coup, the Arab Gulf states rushed to supply aid to Egypt. World media announced from July 18 that the United Arab Emirates was first in line, transferring $3 billion to Egypt's central bank shortly before another $2 billion came in from Saudi Arabia and Kuwait promised $4 billion. In total Gulf Arab oil producers promised aid packages, including food and fuel, worth $12 billion after President Mohamed Morsi's ouster, throwing a lifeline to Egypt struggling to maintain food supplies for the Arab world's most populous nation, and world's No 1 importer of wheat.

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Can Saudi Arabia Pump Enough Crude Oil ? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

PREVENTING OIL SHOCK – OR CAUSING IT
One of Wikileaks' most celebrated revelations, in 2011, was a confidential mail from a US diplomat in KSA (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia) stating that he had been convinced by a Saudi oil expert named Sadad al-Husseini using data from as far back as 2005 that the nation's oil reserves are overstated by nearly 40%. The diplomat was certain that KSA could not “keep a lid on oil prices”.

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Saturday, August 10, 2013

Why Crude Oil Price Is Poised for a Sharp Correction / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

If you hold any bets on crude oil rising, we encourage you to dump them. A correction is headed our way.

A simple boating concept explains why...

Picture a boat... the kind you'd take on the ocean for a fishing trip. Now picture the Dallas Cowboys football team on the boat. If all 53 players are evenly spaced, things are fine. But if all 53 players move to one side of the boat, bad things happen. The boat tips over until lots of Cowboys are shark food.

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Thursday, August 08, 2013

Is the U.S. Shale Oil Boom Out of Balance? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: It's boom time in Texas. From the Eagle Ford shale to the Permian Basin, it's practically raining money.

Now you would think that would be a positive for the local economies. But as this boom unfolds, it is not without its own share of problems.

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Tuesday, August 06, 2013

What's Behind July's 9% Rise in Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Tony Daltorio writes: U.S. crude oil prices finished the month of July on a very positive note. Front-month futures ended July at just above $105 a barrel.

That put those futures up about 9% for July, the largest one-month gain for crude oil in 11 months.

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Friday, August 02, 2013

Can Crude Oil Play Super-Commodity Like 2008? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

TIME WAS
Due to the recession, global oil demand in 2008 went down as global supply rose. Prices rose, also. Using US EIA data, global oil consumption decreased from 86.66 million barrels per day (Mbd) in the fourth quarter of 2007 to 86.34 Mbd in the first quarter of 2008. Between Q1 2008 and Q2 2008 global demand fell again, to 85.73 Mbd.

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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Crude Oil Shortage Meme Struggles On, And On / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

GOLD CORE SAYS
What looks suspiciously like disguised advertising for the site, Gold Core has published a three-part report in its Market Update series on “why gold must rise”. Key arguments used by Gold Core include the parlous state of world financial markets, and what Gold Core calls a “selloff of all asset classes: stocks, bonds, commodities, and of course, silver and gold”. We didn't yet notice the selloff in stocks, and although the commodities sector has been mauled, oil prices are still at extreme, well-supported, heavily-manipulated highs. The world's green energy sector is in several ways comparable – resulting from the same basic cause of overvalued assets sucking in vast amounts of investor capital, needing a continuation of overvalued assets – or price collapse.

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Sunday, July 28, 2013

Big Profits in the Next Oil Boom, Time to Climb Aboard / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Rail transit is about to make you some big money...in oil.

That's why I'll be headed to Dallas in late August and Calgary mid-September for extensive meetings with all of the key players.

I can promise you, that in a hurry this is going to get a lot bigger.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

World's Next Major Crude Oil Find in Mineral Rich Australia? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Australia's massive mineral exports allowed it to weather the global recession, which began in 2008, quite nicely.

The U.S. government's Energy Information Administration noted in its country's analysis for Australia, "Australia, rich in hydrocarbons and uranium, was the world's second largest coal exporter in 2011 and the third largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter in 2012. Australia is rich in commodities, including fossil fuel and uranium reserves, and is one of the few countries belonging to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that is a significant net hydrocarbon exporter, exporting over 70 percent of its total energy production according to government sources. Australia was the world's second largest coal exporter based on weight in 2011 and the third largest exporter of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in 2012."

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Commodities

Saturday, July 20, 2013

President Obama Could Give Middle Class a Bailout with Oil SPR Release / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

QE Fueled Market Mania

It was another crazy day of speculation in the gasoline and oil markets, typical of the QE fueled shenanigans that happen every day for the last month in equities and oil. Speculators ran WTI up to $109 a barrel, and the RBOB contract up as high as $3.16 a gallon on Friday. So expect prices at the pump to continue to rise due to wild, rampant speculation in the futures market.

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Friday, July 19, 2013

Russia and the Next Oil Crisis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Clif_Droke

On the global market scene, Russia has been one of the major laggards this year. The Market Vectors Russia ETF (RSX), a reflection of the country's stock market, fell 22% from its high earlier this year. RSX was testing a three-year low not more than a month ago and seemed to be in danger of breaking below this major long-term support.

Keeping in mind that the stock market is the single best barometer of future business and economic conditions, as per the old Dow Theory saw, things looked pretty bleak for Russia this summer...that is until the country caught a break from a major development in the commodities market.

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Politics

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Oil's Middle East Fallacy, Egypt Crisis It`s Jobs Stupid….. / Politics / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

A couple of weeks ago Egypt demonstrations led to the Mursi administration being removed from office, who was elected from the last set of demonstrations. What Mursi and many media analysts failed to realize is that the demonstrations weren`t really about democracy, religion, philosophy or ideology but were actually about jobs.

It’s the economy stupid, that is what the Egyptian people really care about, which is ironic because without a major overhaul in their country`s entire business structure, the one strategic advantage the country has is the tourist industry.

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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Even Oil Executives Know Crude Oil Prices are Too High! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

WTI is Tracking S&P 500 last Month

It is obvious that the oil market is out of touch with the fundamentals of a sluggish global macro-economic picture, and surging domestic and international oil production right now. The problem is that Oil, and especially WTI which is being tied to the S&P 500 bullishness, (i.e., stock market at all-time highs) is completely manipulated by hedge funds and investment banks and is harmful to the economy, businesses and consumers.

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Politics

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Syria, Egypt And The Middle East Oil Price Risk Premium / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

SYRIAN OIL
The role of Syria's disastrous civil war as a “tailwind” helping maintain oil prices at artificially high levels is easy to show. Claims by oil analysts that this civil war “will spillover and deflagrate the entire Middle East” bump up prices. The same applies to Egypt, the Arab world's biggest country now potentially facing the risk of civil war. With imagination, the contagion talk can be extended to Libya, Tunisia, the Yemen, Bahrain, the other Gulf states, and other Mid East and North African countries. The talk helps nudge up day traded prices for Brent or WTI by 50 cents or a dollar, quite regularly, but the risk and fear premium on Arab oil is highly uncertain. When we drill down to strict net export surplus fundamentals – production versus national oil demand - any claims that Syria, Egypt, the Yemen or other countries, except Libya, Algeria, Iraq and the Gulf states, are more than tiny exporters probably moving towards net oil importer status, are very hard to defend. This is a political risk premium.

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Commodities

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Crude Oil Myths and Why WTI Is a Short / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

The Cushing Myth

"Going along with 'drill, drill, drill' is now 'ship, ship, ship,' " said John Kilduff, energy analyst with Again Capital.” The bottleneck has been addressed in Cushing [Okla]. We're seeing those inventories plunge. We're seeing it from all the rail movement. It's having an impact, as are the pipeline reversals."

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Crude Oil Trend Analysis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ed_Carlson

For several months I have been expecting a high in oil as of last Friday. A 34-month cycle (below) was my original suspicion for thinking so. But as you can see, the cycle calls for a high in June, not July. While the closing high in June has, as of last Friday, been exceeded, we won’t know where the closing high in July will be for three more weeks. Friday’s close at 103.22 is dead-on the 61.8% retracement of the 2008 bear market (as well as a declining trendline) giving us the perfect level at which to expect a possible top.

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Commodities

Friday, June 28, 2013

Crude Oil is the Next Major Commodity to Crash / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

We have seen how Gold and Silver were viciously attacked by the shorts this past week, and surprisingly Oil escaped the carnage which is interesting because in April Oil was taken down to the $86 level during the last attack on the Gold and Silver markets. This is even stranger considering the fundamentals for the Oil market are even more bearish than they were in April from a supply standpoint as exemplified by the latest EIA report on Wednesday on this week. There is little doubt however that since the easy money is gleaned from the Gold attack, the Feral Hogs will start looking for their next target, and the Oil market will be high on their list in the upcoming months as the summer driving season winds down, and bulging supplies start to weigh on trader`s sentiments.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Are You Protected from Crude Oil Price Downside? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Remember when oil shot up to $148 a barrel? Chen Lin does, and he sees potential for Wall Street market manipulation to push the oil price in the opposite direction—as low as $47 a barrel. Plus, he's bearish on China now. The good news is that Lin, publisher of What Is Chen Buying/Selling?, was willing to share his personal investment strategy in his interview with The Energy Report. Find out where Lin booked profits this year and get the names he's turning to for protection against oil price downside.

 

The Energy Report: What have been the most important changes in the oil and gas markets since your last interview in February?

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Why the Fed's QE Policy is Bullish for Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Most investors have followed what the Fed's QE policy has done to gold, but few realize its impact on oil prices.

Recently, I talked about how crude was beginning to occupy a position as a store of market value ("Why Oil Is Becoming the New 'Gold Standard," May 20, 2013). The development has been a direct consequence of the flight from holding gold.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Crude Oil Prices Start to Breakout / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Following the May 25, 2013 Market Minute titled "Is oil about to breakout to higher levels?", Light crude prices have moved over a resistance level that have contain the commodity for over six months. As this transition is in its early stages, several additional days of price advancement will be required to confirm the breakout. Nevertheless, WTI prices are firming and signals a change in traders attitude toward this commodity.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Manipulated Crude Oil Market Malarkey – Welcome Greater Fools! / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: PhilStockWorld

What complete BS the Futures are!

We started out last night, at 6pm, with the Dow Futures right at 15,000, flat to Friday's close. However, MIRACULOUSLY, by Asia's close at 4am, we were back to 15,130 (Friday's high) and you have to be high if you could read the weekend headlines we were going over in early morning Member Chat and thought that kind of move was justified! We concluded that oil futures (/CL) would be the best short at a ridiculous $98.50 so we called that line and, already, less than two hours later (8:17), we're back at the $98 line with $500 per contract profits! Maybe we should just take the rest of the week off and quit while we're ahead.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Why Soaring Crude Oil Production Growth Isn’t Helping Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Profit_Confidential

Mitchell Clark, B.Comm writes: There is now pressure on oil prices.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude is getting awfully close to the $100.00-per-barrel level again. Futures traders are interpreting economic news, including last Friday’s employment report, as strength in the U.S economy.

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Commodities

Sunday, June 09, 2013

Peak Oil - A Simple, Perfect Lie for Politicians / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

Porter Stansberry writes: Peak Oil was a fantastic lie.

The idea was that our ability to discover and produce higher amounts of hydrocarbon-based energy had peaked and would be forever in decline. This "inevitable" decline in energy production would destroy the modern world, as all the luxuries and technologies that we enjoy today (such as cheap electricity and automobiles) rely on these fuels.

I believe historians will look back and marvel over how we could imagine the world would run out of oil... and the incredible mania that thinking produced in the oil markets in the mid-2000s.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Potential Crude Oil Glut! Contrarian Analyst's Forecast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Stepping away from the pack, Andrew Coleman of Raymond James Equity Research is making a contrarian forecast for an oil glut in 2014. Shale oil production is on the ascent, with the United States joining Saudi Arabia on the supply side, while China's hunger for oil may be sliding and demand in developed countries remains in decline. In this interview with The Energy Report, Coleman explains his thinking and names the producers best positioned to capitalize on the turbulence ahead.

 

The Energy Report: Why are you expecting an oil glut in 2014?

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Crude Oil Is Trapped In A Triangle Higher Prices Seen / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ForexPros

Oil is slow, choppy and overlapping since September 2012 , so we think that whole price action represents a triangle pattern in red wave B) that is part of three wave rally in wave (D) from June 2012 low. If we are correct, then we know that we need five sub-waves within a triangle before we may look for a push higher into C) of (D) towards 102/103 mark.

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Politics

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Will Saudi Arabia Allow the U.S. Crude Oil Boom? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Technology, technology, and more technology--this is what has driven the American oil and gas boom starting in the Bakken and now being played out in the Gulf of Mexico revival, and new advances are coming online constantly. It's enough to rival the Saudis, if the Kingdom allows it to happen. Along with this boom come both promise and fear and a fast-paced regulatory environment that still needs to find the proper balance.

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Politics

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

New Arab Spring Could Breed Chaos in the Energy Markets / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Investment opportunities in the energy markets always bounce between questions of available supply and prospects for demand.

These days many commentators in the U.S. are viewing excess domestic shale gas and tight oil as a factor in restraining energy prices. Meanwhile, their colleagues in Western Europe forecast continuing economic malaise, translating into a similar result.

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Commodities

Monday, June 03, 2013

IMF Recycle Peak Oil Theory / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

OIL AT $750 PER BARREL
Since late 2012, on several occasions, the deputy chief of financial modeling at the IMF (International Monetary Fund), Michael Kumhof, has said in interview that: "Ignoring the peak oil issue would be highly unscientific, even irresponsible".

While the IMF remains officially neutral on the subject, Kumhof and his colleagues claim to be certain that the scientific basis of their concern, which includes the thermodynamic theory of entropic energy dissipation, is inexorable. In a certain timespan - which they do not define - oil prices could rise by "up to 800%" compared with current prices. To the extent that Kumhof sets timeframes, this process of rising oil prices might begin by 2017 and, Kumhof claims, will go on "for ever".

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

How to Invest in Crude Oil's Final Frontier / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Tony Daltorio writes: Investors searching for how to invest in oil in 2013 should be focused on these latest developments from the Arctic.

In fact, countries are racing to get a piece of what could be the final frontier for oil...

As ice melts in the Arctic region, oil and gas trapped beneath the water becomes more accessible.

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Commodities

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Is Crude Oil about to Breakout to Higher Levels? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Light Crude oil and the Energy Sector Select SPDR ETF (XLE) normally trade in similar trends. In early May, XLE broke above a significant resistance level of $80 and moved to a new high. However, Light Crude has failed to follow the energy ETF and remained pinned under the $98 resistance line.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Crude Oil Price Manipulation Awakens Libor, Enron Ghosts / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes: Last July, we warned you that oil prices could potentially be manipulated in similar fashion to the London Interbank Offered Rate (Libor), and now a recent raid of major oil companies highlights this growing danger to the $3.4 trillion-a-year crude market.

The European Commission last week stormed the offices of Royal Dutch Shell PLC (NYSE ADR: RDS.A, RDS.B), BP PLC ( NYSE ADR: BP), and Statoil ASA (NYSE ADR: STO) as part of the ongoing investigation to find out whether companies are manipulating oil prices and, if so, how long it has been going on and the possible ramifications.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Why Crude Oil Is the New "Gold Standard" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Something very interesting just happened at the 2013 MoneyShow in Las Vegas.

The purveyors of doom and gloom were all still hawking their services there. But the primary solution they offer - a cure-all elixir for everything that ails markets - was beginning to wear thin.

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Commodities

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Crude Oil Price Rides With The Asset Bubble - But Not Forever / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

BUBBLE TROUBLE
Indicators as wide-ranging as real-versus-official inflation indexes, T-bond fundamentals against daytrade technicals and all major stock markets hitting the roof have a faithful tracker in the paper oil asset boom. For many, the orgy of central bank "easing" is a prime mover of this megatrend, and the attitude of central bankers can be gleaned by the comment, reported by Reuters May 13, from the head of Italy's central bank, Ignazio Visco, who is also a policymaker of the European Central Bank. Visco suggests that the ECB could cut its deposit rate below zero, effectively charging banks for parking any spare cash they do not lend. Although paper gold has now wilted, with plenty of help from market manipulators oil has temporarily, only temporarily gone the other way.

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Commodities

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Will Crude Oil Futures Stop the Fed’s QE Program? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: J_W_Jones

The sell-side analysts and economists are reminding retail investors that risk assets in the United States have been on quite a tear to the upside recently. A correction now lasts a matter of days, if not hours before the bulls push equity prices even higher.

The Federal Reserve is winning the reflation war using cheap money and massive levels of liquidity to help drive risk assets higher and interest rates artificially lower. Unfortunately for domestic investors searching for yield, they find that they are forced to incur higher levels of risk in order to satisfy their growth and income needs. There are significant risks associated with higher than average fixed income returns and the cost will be felt should we see any correction in the future.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

Peak Oil Revisited - Oil Limits Are Now Debt Limits / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

LIMITS TO GROWTH
Oil and energy limits are more complex than what we have imagined so far. The crossover from OECD Old World dominance of oil market demand, to Rest Of World dominance was more than 7 years ago, but the perception of what this means has been slow. Very slow.

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Commodities

Monday, April 29, 2013

CRUDE OIL Turns Bullish, Could See $95.00 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ForexPros

OIL accelerated higher on Thursday, and more importantly closed well above the upper parallel trend-line of a base channel. That's a very strong indication of an impulsive recovery, as this break (circled) usually occurs in the middle of a wave three of a five wave rally.

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Commodities

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Crude Oil Price Crash Of 2013 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

GOLD, OIL AND THE "SURPRISINGLY STRONG" DOLLAR
To this heavyweight trio for deciding investor sentiment in the commodities space, we can add sovereign debt, interest rates and currency valuations, in a cocktail mix that reads badly for oil above $85 per barrel - for Brent.

Exactly like gold, market manipulation to generate a Fool's Bounce and drag in latecomer investors to shred and shear, is heavily evident in the oil market. Now traditional, the short term bounces in commodity prices driven by the Eurozone merry-go-round of ECB rate easing, and the linked but totally irrational strengthening of the euro, are able to be promoted as "realistic" or "fact based".

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Commodities

Friday, April 26, 2013

Crude Oil Targets Rally to $93 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: ForexPros

Crude Oil Is Looking Impulsive On the Intra-day Basis; Could See $93.00

Oil is forming an impulsive price action from an 87.87 swing low. The reason is recent strong reaction towards the 92.00 figure yesterday - very strong and sharp in a short period of time. That’s the personality of a third wave, so we think that the market is forming a five wave pattern. With that in mind, be aware of more upside, this time towards the 93.00 mark.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A Major Breakthrough in U.S. Oil Exports May Be Coming / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As the crude market continues to show considerable volatility, price gyrations are prompting another round of concerns over supply and production.

There isn't a shortage to worry about right now.

But whenever we have some issues on the demand side, attention shifts to the supply currently available on the market. And it's in this repetitive exercise that one of the major errors by analysts always occurs.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

Bullish on Oil Prices? Two Reasons You Might Change Your Mind / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

The downturn beginning in 2008 triggered a macroeconomic meltdown that would disrupt all markets, domestic and global. Demand for petroleum diminished just as new technologies were beginning to gush out oil and gas in never-before-seen volumes, creating a perfect storm that would depress prices. Now that oil prices have rebounded, is the worst behind us? In this interview with The Energy Report, Director of Energy Research Marshall Adkins of Raymond James & Associates discusses the events of the last five years and the near-term prospects for energy-related investments.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Why Death of Peak Oil Still Won't Mean Cheap Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

David Zeiler writes: Today (Wednesday) an analyst from Citigroup became the latest lemming to declare the death of peak oil.

In a report entitled "The End is Nigh," Seth Kleinman says a combination of flattening demand and rising supply will cause oil prices to slide slightly by the end of the decade to $80-$90 a barrel.

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Commodities

Monday, March 11, 2013

Why I Continue to Like Black Gold / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: Oil is one of the most volatile of the commodities and fluctuates with the prospects of the global economy and of course the happenings in the Middle East.

Yet, if you really look forward, how can you not like oil given the growth in China and, more importantly, the emerging growth in India?

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Peak Oil Is Almost Here and There's No Magic To Counter It / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

This where we stand, and it's a fairly bleak view: Peak oil is almost here, and nothing new (with the possible but unlikely exception of Iraq) is coming online anytime soon and while the clock is ticking - forward movement on developing renewable energy resources has been sadly inadequate. In the meantime, the idea that shale reservoirs will lead the US to energy independence will soon enough be recognized as unrealistic hype. There are no easy solutions, no viable quick fixes, and no magic fluids. Yet the future isn't all doom and gloom - certain energy technologies do show promise. We had a chance to speak with well known energy expert Dave Summers where we cut through the media noise and take a realistic look at what our energy future holds.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Australia Set for Largest Shale Oil Find of All Time / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Over the past few days, I have released information on what could be the largest shale oil find ever recorded.

It's located in an area of Australia called the Arckaringa Basin and contains as much as 233 billion barrels (or more) of recoverable shale oil.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Why China and Saudi Arabia Mean You Should Bet on Higher Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Tony Daltorio writes: As Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors pointed out not long ago, the sky is not falling on oil prices despite what the doomsayers believe.

There are two crucial countries that are behind the recent rise in oil prices: China and Saudi Arabia.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

The Most Important Chart for Oil Investors to See / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: GrowthStockWire

Matt Badiali writes: Each new number out of the oil sector is bigger than the last...

As longtime readers know, we're in the middle of an energy revolution. The technology is advancing so quickly, it's like moving from the Model T to the Ferrari in just a few years.

And it's helping the U.S. tap incredible reserves of oil and natural gas. The latest forecasts are out... and they're shocking.

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Commodities

Monday, February 18, 2013

Crude Oil Price BUBBLEOMIX Forecast 2013 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

When the Penny Drops that U.S.A. will be Energy Independent by 2030…

There is an excellent presentation by BP’s Chief Economist which you can find on their website http://www.bp.com...

He hits all the right nails bang on the head; (1) over the past decade 50% of America’s trade deficit was the cost of buying energy abroad, mainly oil; (2) the amount of GDP you can get from burning one barrel of oil is going up, (3) within ten-years and perhaps sooner, U.S.A. will become energy independent for the first time in fifty years (5) Peak Oil isn’t even worth talking about (6) the reason U.S.A. got into shale-gas and then tight-oil before everyone else is that in spite of all the hand-wringing and leaving aside George-W as an isolated exception-to-the-rule, economically it is still the most free place with the lowest level of government-sponsored stupidity and/or cronyism, in the world; apart from isolated pockets such as Hong-Kong, Singapore and Dubai. Well he didn’t actually say that, but in so many words, and (7) implicitly, one of these days that technology is going to be exported.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Two Reasons to Expect Greater Volatility in Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors, A combination of rising demand and tension in the Middle East means oil prices will continue to climb.

How this plays out in the short term will have a primary impact on the profitability of oil sector investments. One conclusion is already clear. This will once again be a volatile market.

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Commodities

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Fears aside, the Black Gold Will Prevail / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Brentt Taylor  writes: As snowstorms rage in the U.S. Northeast, heating oil rose to its highest level in almost four months prompting discussions and predictions over the likelihood of heating oil becoming an increasingly sought-after commodity in the next few years.

Such talks have also impelled speculations about global warming being a real threat in the near future. If the cooling trend of the past few years will continue, it is unlikely that heating oil will become a superfluous commodity any time soon. If the cold winters of the past decade persist, the demand for oil will intensify and consequently push oil prices up.

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Commodities

Monday, February 11, 2013

High Crude Oil Prices And The Threat Of Market Collapse / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

WHY DOES THE IEA WANT HIGH PRICED OIL?
The IEA, which is the "oil and energy watchdog agency" of the OECD group of countries still consuming about 50% of world total oil production and importing over 60% of world total export supplies of oil, is now actively promoting high-priced oil. It forecasts year average prices around $175 per barrel by 2017. It also militates for extreme high carbon taxes on all fossil energy, which for oil would mean a new and additional carbon tax for consumers of about $500 per tonne of CO2 emitted, that is $215 per barrel or $5 per US gallon.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 06, 2013

Why The IEA Wants High Priced Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

THE IEA' S NEWLY FASHIONABLE QUEST
Claiming his views "are not very fashionable", the Turkish-born chief economist of the IEA, Fatih Birol, also describes the IEA's annual flagship reports the World Energy Outlook as "designed and directed" by himself - and his WEO is obliged to reflect "unfashionable" theories and goals.

These new theories and goals are: universal energy supplies for all, and massive worldwide response to the crisis of global warming. Reconciling these two themes or memes needs high priced oil. Regarding the market price for oil, the IEA pitches for $175 per barrel; concerning new energy taxes in the form of carbon taxes "to fight global warming", taxes of $500 per tonne of CO2 on all fossil energy, possibly by 2020 or shortly after, are no problem for Fatih Birol.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Why Doomsayers Are Wrong About Crude Oil Prices, Up 11% Since December / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: The stock market is not the only thing that is up. Crude oil prices have jumped as well rising faster than the S&P for the past month.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) next month futures contract prices for crude oil on the NYMEX increased again last week. That marked the seventh consecutive week oil prices have gained, the first time that has happened since 2009. Overall, WTI pricing level has risen 11% since mid-December.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Blatant Price Manipulation Takes Place Every Day in Crude Oil Markets / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

License to steal

Every single day the oil market is manipulated, it is easy to see, right out in the open, and nobody does anything about it. It literally is like having a license to rob banks right in front of everybody, including the armed security guards.

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Commodities

Monday, January 28, 2013

Crude Oil and Energy Stocks Trend Forecast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Crude oil has been trading ways for the past year between the 2011 high and low. The trading range through 2012 has been contracting with a series of lower highs and higher lows. This pennant formation because it is taking place after an uptrend is a bullish pattern with $110 and possibly even $140+ per barrel in the next 6-18 months.

If you look at the weekly investing chart of crude oil the key support and resistance levels area clearly marked. A breakout of the white pennant will trigger a move to the next support or resistance level. And judging from the positive economic numbers not only form the USA but globally the odds are increased for the $110+ price target to be reached sooner than later.

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Commodities

Monday, January 28, 2013

Is "Saudi America" Oil Becoming a Reality? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Tony Daltorio writes: U.S. energy independence has been a dream since the oil embargoes of the 1970s. But this vision of a "Saudi America" has always been just a dream.

Investors and non-investors alike started talking in earnest about realizing that dream last November. That was after the International Energy Agency's (IEA) latest World Energy Outlook said that the U.S. would overtake both Saudi Arabia and Russia in oil output by the second half of this decade.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Why Crude Oil Prices Could Soar 40% by Summer 2013 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Ben Gersten writes: Oil prices have continued their upward move that began at the end of 2012, gaining over 8% in the past month.

Now, an oil analyst with Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) predicts Brent crude could soar much higher in the next few months.

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Politics

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Next Oil War Will be Different, China versus USA / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

WAS IRAQ AN OIL WAR?
Probably in 50 years time, academics but not many other persons will still be talking about the subject. For plenty of historians, journalists, writers, paywrights and movie makers there is no problem at all: since the 1991 Liberation of Kuwait, the birth of al Qaeda and terror war, the 9/11 atrocities in the US, the Afghan war, the second Iraq war, and the overthrow and killing of Khadafi we have had a succession of Oil Wars either directly caused or promoted by the US. This is always denied, of course.

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Commodities

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Will Crude Oil Prices Fall In 2013? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

LIKE GLOBAL WARMING
Recent news from scientists of the British Antarctic Survey and partner research institutions examining ice cores showing the climate record for tens of thousand of years is that ice sheet retreat due to global warming often suddenly stabilises, "for decades to centuries”, despite the warming still going on. This is also what is happening in the oil patch: all the supply-demand fundamentals say that prices should decline - but they stay high or go on growing.

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Commodities

Monday, January 14, 2013

Why You Shouldn’t Sell Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: InvestmentContrarian

George Leong writes: When oil prices recently fell to below $80.00, I said don’t sell.

The U.S. Energy Department increased its projections for crude oil prices for this year, adding that global oil consumption will rise to a record high in 2013. (Source: “U.S. Energy Department Raises 2013 Oil Forecast,” Bloomberg, January 8, 2012.)

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Commodities

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Nuclear Failure Sparks New Era of Oil Renaissance, $45 Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

In a continuation of our series on the state of the oil industry we look at some of the other ramifications of what we are labeling the Oil Renaissance in the US, and around the world for that matter. This phrase was first proposed regarding the potential Nuclear turnaround here in the US, where companies like NRG Energy, Toshiba and many more players all along the supply chain were positioning themselves for the Nuclear Renaissance of cheap, and abundant Nuclear energy for the next 50 years.

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Commodities

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Crude Oil & Gasoline Markets End 2012 with Swollen Inventory Levels / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

EIA Inventory Data

In analyzing the last EIA report of the year it is noteworthy that gasoline stocks really rose the last 5 weeks of the year. The takeaway isn`t so much that gasoline inventories rose 23 million barrels the last 5 weeks of the year, wow that is some build in inventories, but the fact that Oil inventories barely budged at all during the process.

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Commodities

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Crude Oil Prices and the Fiscal Cliff / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: You have heard all the stories of what will happen when the U.S. economy falls over the fiscal cliff.

As I write this, it appears that will happen--at least on paper.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 20, 2012

The Relationship between Gold and Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: P_Radomski_CFA

In the financial markets, gold is usually ascribed to the commodities category. In this group of assets you will find your good old friend, silver, along with several others metals like platinum, palladium, copper etc. Apart from that, commodities encompass a broad range of other products in the like of corn, but also crude oil, gas, minerals and other. Such groups of assets are usually traded on commodity exchanges specialized in this kind of products, for instance on the Chicago Mercantile Exchange or the London Metal Exchange.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2013 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: One of the most important topics we discussed in Moscow last week were the various forecasts of where crude oil prices are likely to be in 2013.

These 2013 oil price forecasts were all over the place, owing to the high level of uncertainty on a number of basic elements.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Why Crude Oil Prices Could Drop Substantially / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

There's been plenty of talk about potentially radical US foreign policy changes as a result of the shale boom. While one shouldn't expect any dramatic US foreign policy move away from the Middle East, factors are influencing a greater focus on Asia. Only one thing is certain in this transforming world: The shale boom is real and the implications are many and difficult to predict.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Peak Oil or Peak Energy? – Global Shale Oil Solution / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Mauldin

A consistent theme in this letter has been the connections between items that may seem to be far removed from each other but are actually linked at the very core. If you push on one end you get a reaction in what would seem to be the most unlikely spots. Today we explore the connection between the fiscal deficit and energy policy. Everyone in Washington is starting to “get religion” about wanting to fix the deficit, with serious thinkers on all sides acknowledging that there must be reform and a path to a balanced budget. Burgeoning healthcare and Social Security costs are rightly pointed to as the problem, and entitlement reform will soon be front and center.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Are the Russians on the Verge of a Major Arctic Oil Coup? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: As I move into the main meetings here in Moscow, something unexpected has joined the conversations on oil prices, European pipeline prospects, liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading scenarios, and the prospects of unconventional shale.

That something is venture capital funding.

The Kremlin has developed several venture capital funds with potential state-supported investments amounting to at least $12 billion.

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Commodities

Monday, December 03, 2012

The Significant Impact of U.S. Crude Oil Production / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

The Eagle Ford shale formation lies south of our headquarters in San Antonio, Texas, giving the U.S. Global investment team a firsthand, tacit perspective on the oil and gas industry's growing natural resources phenomenon. We've witnessed how the oil activity is boosting the local economy with solid-paying jobs, a healthy housing market and strong consumer sentiment, as oil giants such as Schlumberger and Halliburton take a bigger stake in the area.

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Commodities

Sunday, December 02, 2012

WTI Crude Oil Price To Test $65 Level in 2013 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

WTI closed November just shy of $89 a barrel on hopes of an improving economy. I think there is an argument for an improving economy in 2013, but it is just too early to tell how things are going to come together with the economy, and all the ramifications of basically an anti-business and social agenda political leadership of the last four years.

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Commodities

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Peak Oil And The Olduvai Gorge / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Olduvai Gorge theory of Richard Duncan was that human society would be forced back to the anthropoid ape stage of evolution by peak oil and energy scarcity, and would live like Tanzania's "Lucy" the best known precursor or human ancestor, taxonomically called "Australopithecus afarensis", of about 2 million years ago. Duncan's angle, developed in the late 1990s, was that peak oil and energy resource depletion would firstly make inevitable, then speed up this retreat and defeat of Humanity, as human society was forced back to hunting and gathering. An Internet search with Olduvai Gorge theory will produce hundreds of responses.

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Commodities

Monday, November 12, 2012

Crude Oil Price Drop Offers Investors a Discount Opportunity / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: Markets declined significantly in the wake of last Tuesday's Presidential election. In the two days that followed the S&P shed almost 3.6%.

But now the energy sector in general - and oil in particular - is poised for a major move up.

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News_Letter

Friday, November 09, 2012

Crude Oil Price and Oil Stocks Seasonality, Trend Forecast / News_Letter / Crude Oil

By: NewsLetter

The Market Oracle Newsletter October 30th , 2012 Issue #19 Vol. 6 Read full article... Read full article...

 


Commodities

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Why Crude Oil Prices Can't Collapse / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: The markets opened again yesterday after the tragic storm across the East Coast.

In a world ravaged by storms, geopolitical tensions, rising demand, supply concerns, and increasing costs, it's important to know what's really driving oil prices moving forward.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Why is Crude Oil Price Falling? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter a losing streak, crude oil futures fell as low as $85.69 a barrel -- the lowest price since July.

Predictably, the mainstream energy market observers have blamed the drop on "global economic worries." Of course, we have pointed out before how, on one recent occasion, oil fell in the face of positive economic expectations. And on another recent occasion, oil fell despite the absence of any real news, period.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Crude Oil Price and Oil Stocks Seasonality, Trend Forecast / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrude oil has had some large price swings this year and another one may be on its way. This report shows the seasonality of crude oil along with where oil is trading and what the oil service stocks are telling us is likely to happen going into year end.

Since WTI Crude Oil topped out in September at the $100 resistance level (Century Number) many traders are looking for a bounce or bottom to form in the next week. Historical charts show that on average the price of oil falls during November and the first half of December.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Oil Prices: Global Markets Favor Brent Crude, Refineries Are Set to Advance / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: Brent and WTI crude oil prices have been on a downward trajectory. Recently Brent had declined for seven consecutive trading sessions while WTI had been down for five.

Given the importance these benchmarks have in pricing crude worldwide, it is useful to review what they are before talking about their widening spreads.

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Sunday, October 28, 2012

Oil Nationalism: Russia Versus Saudi Arabia / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTOO MUCH
In a week where Malaysia's Petronas' buyout bid for Calgary-based Progress Energy was rejected by the Canadian government, and the rejection called "resource nationalism" by Fitch ratings, Rosneft's buyout of TMK-BP is seen as Vladimir Putin's vehicle to regain state ownership of Russia's oil fields. Rosneft was firstly handed control over Yukos Oil in 2003, by Putin's government hitting Yukos with a $26-billion tax bill which bankrupted it, followed by Putin's bundling of Yukos founder, the billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, into a Siberian prison. The present buyout of TNK-BP has Rosneft acquiring BP's 50% stake of the joint venture in exchange for cash and stock, for $27 billion.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Crude Oil Price Falls to a 3-Month Low: Why Blaming "Soft Economy" Isn't the Answer / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter a 4-day losing streak, on October 23 crude oil futures fell as low as $85.69 a barrel -- the lowest price since July.

Predictably, the mainstream energy market observers have blamed the drop on "global economic worries." Of course, we have pointed out before how, on one recent occasion, oil fell in the face of positive economic expectations. And on another recent occasion, oil fell despite the absence of any real news, period.

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Friday, October 26, 2012

Putin Is the New Global Oil Shah / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Research : Exxon Mobil is no longer the world's number-one oil producer. As of yesterday, that title belongs to Putin Oil Corp – oh, whoops. I mean the title belongs to Rosneft, Russia's state-controlled oil company.

Rosneft is buying TNK-BP, which is a vertically integrated oil company co-owned by British oil firm BP and a group of Russian billionaires known as AAR. One of the top-ten privately owned oil producers in the world, in 2010 TNK-BP churned out 1.74 million barrels of oil equivalent per day from its assets in Russia and Ukraine and processed almost half that amount through its refineries.

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Peak Price Not 'Peak Oil', Free 26 Page Report / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EWI

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGreetings,

In July 2008, when crude oil prices were at $148 a barrel and "peak oil" bulls were forecasting a rise to $200, even $300 a barrel, contrarian technical analyst Robert Prechter took the opposite stance:

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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

From Bin Laden To Biofuels - Quant Easing And Energy Security / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSACRILEGE
Many times, Bin Laden and his lieutenants would issue communiques loaded on floppy disks which were intercepted, translated and very creatively interpreted by the CIA's well paid Arabists. Concerning oil, The Bearded One was severe: the impious, even sacriligious West would be punished by oil at $144 a barrel and economic ruin would ensue. In July 2008, going not one better but three dollars better, Goldman Sachs goosed oil prices to $147 a barrel but economic ruin had already ensued. Quantitative Easing was invented, another semi-mystical cultural product of the impious West, whereby about $35 trillion of "new money" was invented since 2008, but disappeared like Bin Laden. To be sure there are differences between the two stories: Goldman Sachs did not receive a helicopter visit from Navy SEALS for its oil price-gouging tricks, but that is only a detail of history.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Will an OPEC Nation's Runaway Inflation Spark an Crude Oil Bull Market? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Research writes: In the third century, greed got the best of Rome's emperors. As they spent through the silver in the treasury, one emperor after another reduced the amount of precious metal in each denarius until the coins contained almost no silver whatsoever.

It was the world's first experience with currency debasement and hyperinflation. As people saw the value of their savings evaporate, society grew angry and demanded a scapegoat. Christians became that scapegoat, and Romans turned on them with incredible violence.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Crude Oil Prices - Goldman Revises Down / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIce sheets retreating due to global warming often suddenly stabilise for “decades to centuries” no matter that the warming is still going on, scientists of the British Antarctic Survey and partner research institutions have found. It would seem that current predictions of sea level rises to be expected on a given timescale with a given amount of global warming will need to be revised - downwards. System stability is much higher than previously thought - or hoped by global warming hysterics.

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Thursday, October 18, 2012

Obama And His Oil Pipelines / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Romney-Obama debate this week and once again featured attempts by both candidates to work "energy crisis" into the sparring and thrusting, to show how badly the opponent got his facts wrong and will only let things get worse if he either stays president, or becomes president. Obama kicked off with the one-liner that "because the economy was collapsing when I took office", gasoline prices in the US averaged a low $1.86 a gallon. Higher prices today are obviously a proof the economy is doing nicely, in fact using Obama's metrics, more than twice a nicely as in 2009 ! Economists might not agree.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Forget Renewable Energy, We Need Cheap Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhat does our world's energy future look like? Does renewable energy feature as much in the energy production mix as many hope it will? Will natural gas and fracking help reduce our dependence upon oil and how will the world economy and trade fare as supplies of cheap oil continue to dwindle?

To help us take a look at this future scenario we had a chance to chat with Gail Tverberg - a well known commentator on energy issues and author of the popular blog, Our Finite World

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Sunday, October 14, 2012

IEA Still Drumming For High Priced Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe IEA's latest Oil Market Report, released 12 October, maintains the IEA storyline of global oil shortage and extreme high prices being almost certain - by about 2017 - unless and until the 28 OECD member countries of the IEA enact and pay for a whole range of new energy policies and programs.  For a flavor of these heavily promoted big-spending policies and programs from the IEA, high level conferences like its 'Clean Energy Future' ministerial meeting held in London, 25 April (for which the IEA Web page no longer exists) provide all that is needed.

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Saturday, October 06, 2012

Syrian Civil War Impact On Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

There is a popular belief in the Middle East that Washington's foreign policy, particularly as it relates to this precarious region, is largely driven by America's dependency on, and insatiable appetite for Arab oil. One can make a good argument for that.

Had Syria been a major oil producing country chances are the US would have already dispatched military forces to impose a pax Americana and to put a stop to the horrific fighting that has been slowly, but without any doubt, ripping Syria apart and dismantling the infrastructures that make the Syrian state what it is today. Even if the war was to end today it would take years for Syria to return to its pre-war position from an economic and military perspective.

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Friday, October 05, 2012

Crude Oil Fundamentals And Overpriced Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFUNDAMENTALS?
After another "severe correction" on 3 October, another magnificent dead tiger bounce in oil prices as traders decided the correction had been "overdone". The Syrian crisis is looking to spill over the Middle East, Iran bombing is back on the menu, US gasoline supplies are down a little due to a refinery fire - but above all the oil trading and financial community, and Big Energy need overpriced oil.

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Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Why Crude Oil Prices Are Entering a "New Normal" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: One of the things I have learned from almost four decades of doing this is that oil and gas specialists know a great deal about what they do for a living.

However, few of these specialists really understand enough about what the person to the right or left of them does. This tends to breed tunnel vision.

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Monday, October 01, 2012

Crude Oil New $75 Floor Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil analysts, pundits and commentators are getting a hold on the rising threat of what is called "severe correction" hitting oil markets. The 2008-2009 sequence where Nymex prices crashed from a peak around $147 a barrel to about $40 are relatively fresh in the mind. The rebound was also dramatic, pushing prices through 2010 back over the 100-dollar mark into low triple digits by Q1 2011.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Islamic Revolution in Saudi Arabia Would Send Crude Oil to $300 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Research writes: There is little that would rock the oil world more than a revolution in Saudi Arabia.

But with a coming leadership crisis, it is becoming all too likely.

Saudi is facing major economic challenges as dramatic increases in social spending and domestic fuel consumption eat through the kingdom's all-important oil revenues.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Are Falling Crude Oil Prices Predicting A Stock Market Fall? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sy_Harding

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen the economy slowed in the summer of 2010 and the Fed launched QE2, commodity prices took off like a SpaceX rocket. The price of crude oil reversed to the upside along with the stock market, surging up 64%, from $70 a barrel to $114 a barrel eight months later in April, 2011.

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Sunday, September 30, 2012

Crude Oil And The Dead Cat Bounce / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFUNDAMENTALS
What crisis? Nymex and ICE oil price movement shows how oil prices can be moved anywhere as long as its up, except of course when its down, where fundamentals point with stubborn determination.

Recent weeks, especially the last show that sometimes the oil bulls can get dispirited and run out of news support, and be forced to take a cut in their boundless optimism which says we really can have $130 a barrel for Brent and $125 for WTI like Goldman Sachs tells us we can - this year, in 2012. When the markets take an especially hard hit, like the recent loss of $10 off the barrel price, the dead cat bounce can take the shape of a Goldman tiger bounce - paper tiger of course.

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Thursday, September 27, 2012

QE3, SPR Release and Gasoline Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith crude oil accounting for 65% of the price of gasoline, there's typically a high correlation between the price of oil and gasoline. However, there's been a disconnect between the two for the most part of this year. The main reason for the disconnect is the divergence of supply market fundamentals.

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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Crude Oil Prices are Headed Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: My latest trip to London may have centered on the briefings I gave on Iranian oil sanctions, but I also did a number of media appearances.

As I have mentioned before, questions from European interviewers are generally more knowledgeable and to the point than in the states. This may be because places like London are much closer to the events directly affecting oil prices.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Oil Shocks From The Lost Ark / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTIME WAS
On Sept 24, 2012 Bloomberg ran an article probably written way back in the 20th century - perhaps 1974 - but strangely lost in transmission to Bloomberg's editorial offices. For reasons best known to Bloomberg, it decided to publish this article unchanged with all its original, laughable errors.

The article by Jeff Rubin starts by telling us that "for most of the last century" (probably not the 19thC), cheap oil powered global economic growth. Rubin adds that when oil prices doubled, and then doubled again, this "permanently shackles the growth potential of the world’s economies". He adeptly forgot to mention that when oil prices halved, and halved again little or nothing happens to un-shackling economic growth.

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Thursday, September 20, 2012

You Can Drill All You Want, Oil Prices Are Still Headed Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: Today I want to focus again on oil prices. It seems that some TV pundits have never heard (with apologies to Alexander Pope) that a little knowledge is a dangerous thing.

Some people on Wall Street believe that by scaring the individual investor they stand to make a greater profit for themselves.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Why Bernanke Refuses to Let Crude Oil Prices Fall / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Clif_Droke

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA prominent symptom of the final deflationary phase of the 60-year/120-year cycle scheduled to bottom in 2014 is, ironically, asset price inflation. While this may seem contradictory at first glance, it makes perfect sense after closer scrutiny. Asset price inflation is the central bank’s response to the destructive undercurrent of economic deflation. It requires a decisive action, as the recent QE3 initiative showed.

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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Arab Spring and Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Crude oil prices hit a four-month high this week on the back of rising tensions in the Middle East and North Africa and the unfortunate murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya. Added impetus on the upside was given to oil by the announcement of more money printing (QE3) by the Federal Reserve which said it would launch an open-ended  commitment to purchase $40 billion of mortgage-backed securities monthly.

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Sunday, September 16, 2012

The Next Recession Will Be Triggered By Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Toby_Connor

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI was confident that the Fed had already begun printing. That seemed quite evident by the overall action in the commodity markets, the dollar, and the fact that stocks were unable to correct in the normal timing band for a daily cycle low. However, I didn’t really expect Ben would come out and publicly admit it. That one took me by surprise Thursday. I guess Bernanke wants to get full value for his attack on the dollar and make sure that markets are rising into the election.

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Wednesday, September 05, 2012

U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserves: The New Monetary Tool? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil and commodities are rising with renewed talk of buying bonds in Europe and future stimulus from the Federal Reserve in the United States. The problem of course is that higher oil prices partially offsets some of the benefits of these Monetary Initiatives by leaders (It is debatable how effective these policies actually are in solving the real issues and problems).

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Friday, August 31, 2012

The Real Cause of High Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleNowadays the energy picture is confusing at best as the more information we are shown the more blurred our vision seems to become. Mixed messages, poor reporting and a media hungry to sensationalize anything it thinks can grab a headline have led to many wondering what the true energy situation is. We hear numerous reports on how the shale revolution will transform the energy sector, why alternatives are just around the corner, why advances in oilfield extraction techniques and new finds will help to lower oil prices. Yet no sooner have we read these rosy reports than we are bombarded with negative news on the Middle East, on why alternatives will never compete, on peak oil and declining oil production.

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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Uncovering the Real Price of Peak Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Casey_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoug Casey, chairman of Casey Research and expert on crisis investing, is on the search for real wealth – not investments in companies that push around paper. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Casey shares his pragmatic take on what's next for oil, gas, and nuclear power.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Ignore the Crude Oil 40 Doom-and-Gloom Crowd / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: I just returned from a week down South with a few of my energy clients. It's good to get my hands dirty and remind myself firsthand what is going on at the project level of some of the country's top energy companies.

But when I returned home this weekend, I made the mistake of flicking on the television and opening the newspaper.
I can't believe that the pundits are now predicting that oil will fall to $40 a barrel. They also are projecting that the entire natural gas sector is going to collapse.

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Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Most Important Economic Event of Your Lifetime Is Now Underway / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePorter Stansberry writes: You're not hearing about it in the mainstream press, but I believe the most important economic event of our lifetimes is now underway...

This event has been spurred on by a widespread belief that oil and natural-gas resources were in a permanent decline (the concept known as "Peak Oil").

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Politics

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Unsettling Development for Washington, Venezuela Ramps Up China Oil Exports / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

The biggest geostrategic change of the past decade overlooked by Washington policy wonks in their fixation on their self-proclaimed "war on terror" is that Latin America has been throwing off the shackles of the Monroe Doctrine.

These ignored developments may well soon refocus Washington's attention on the Southern Hemisphere, as Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez reorients his country's to China.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Why a Strategic Petroleum Reserve Release Won't Help Crude Oil Prices or President Obama / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: With oil prices showing no signs of retreat during the final months of the U.S. presidential campaign, beltway insiders are turning to one misguided solution to combat rising oil prices.

Releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR).

Trial balloons floated all over Washington during the past few days. The only reason politicians didn't move on this sooner (say a few months ago) was the price level.

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Saturday, August 11, 2012

Crude Oil Price Spike on QE3 Expectations Should be a Warning to the Fed / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrude Oil prices for WTI were just $78 dollars in July, a month later they are $93.40 with supplies well above their five year average range, China decelerating at a rate not seen since the financial crisis, and US gasoline demand down 4.2 percent year-on-year and distillates down 2.8 percent.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Where Are Oil Prices Headed? Is the Eurozone Doomed? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs markets continue to yo-yo and commentators deliver mixed forecasts, investors are faced with some tough decisions and have a number of important questions that need answering. On a daily basis we are asked what's happening with oil prices alongside questions on China's slowdown, which commodities or instruments will provide safety in the current environment, will the Euro-zone split in the future and what impact the presidential election is going to have on the economy and markets?

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Gold and Silver Jump to 3-Week Highs as ECB Chief Draghi Promises to Print Euro's / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Adrian_Ash

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe WHOLESALE-MARKET gold price leapt more than 1% inside an hour in London trade Thursday morning, setting 3-week highs above $1620 per ounce after European Central Bank chief Mario Draghi said "The ECB is ready to do whatever it takes to preserve" the single Euro currency.

"And believe me, it will be enough."

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

The Hidden Cost of Peak Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: Most of what you've heard about "peak oil" is wrong.

In fact, there's a hidden cost to peak oil that's very real. And it's coming to a pump near you any day now.

I know you've read the same headlines that I have...how we are going to "frack" our way to energy independence by exploiting shale oil and other unconventional sources.

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Monday, July 23, 2012

Crude Oil Prices Heading For A Fall / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe week ending 20 July had vintage scenes from the 2008 epoch, as oil boomers bid up prices with such gusto they were able to grab 3%-a-day rises, midweek, but by weekend the cold chill of reality was trmming their sails. Although this was a vintage spectacle for a global oil market where the biggest brokers, bankers and traders both need and want higher oil prices, oil prices are set on greasy skids, oiled by a slew of so-called fundamentals. These include stubbornly slowing world demand, growing stocks, OPEC overproduction, increasing NOPEC output, large new finds of shale oil and stranded "greasy gas" able to yield NGL output, and oil's declining share in the global energy mix.

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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Whatever Happened to $200 Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJeff Rubin, former chief economist with Canadian bank CIBC, is very well known for his predictions of exponentially increasing oil prices (see for instance this 2009 lecture). Mr Rubin’s position was that prices would continue their rise due to a confluence of circumstances - that conventional supplies have peaked, that unconventional sources are expensive to produce and that demand would continue to grow with the energy requirement inherent in expanding global trade.

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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Are Crude Oil Prices Also Manipulated Like LIBOR? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA critical report commissioned by the G20 group of the world's biggest economies has warned oil prices could be vulnerable to a LIBOR-style rigging scandal.  The G20 study conducted by the Madrid-based International Organisation of Securities Commissions (IOSCO) has found that the current system of oil price reporting is "susceptible to manipulation or distortion".  The report for global finance ministers states that:

1. Bank traders;

2. Oil companies; and

3. Hedge funds

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Monday, July 16, 2012

The Big Problem for Energy Investors / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DailyWealth

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMatt Badiali writes: Oil prices are going to fall lower than you can imagine.

They've already dropped from nearly $110 a barrel in February to under $80 late last month. They've since staged a recovery to the $85 area. But the drop is not over. In fact, I think there could be more than 50% downside from these levels.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

The Supply Side of Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Elliot_H_Gue

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil supply growth from countries outside OPEC should grow by roughly 660,000 barrels per day, with North America accounting for much of this uptick in production. Preliminary data from the US Energy Information Administration indicates that domestic crude oil production in April surged by 567,000 barrels per day from year ago levels. Robust drilling activity in unconventional plays such as the Bakken Shale in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford Shale in south Texas fueled much of this growth.

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Friday, July 13, 2012

Crude Oil on the Slippery Slope / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOPEC NEWS IS NO NEWS
Oil output by the producer states in the cartel is falling, with the largest loss by Iran, for highly obvious reasons - the western embargo - but not at all so obvious, Iran's large cutback in crude oil exports, due to the embargo, will be joined by a significant fall in Iranian imports of refined products, especially middle distillates and gasoline. For the more-than-somewhat oversupplied and nearby European market for these products, the price impact can only be downward, with the leading indicator being stocks and refinery runs in Europe. Refinery runs, already low, and stocks which are high, will likely go further down and up with European refiners trying to recoup some of their losses by exporting more gasoline to the US, impacting US crude demand for refining.

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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Four Things Suppressing Crude Oil Prices Today / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: The collapse of talks between Iran and the "Big 6" (the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany) should have accelerated international crude oil prices.

And yes, they are higher.

But the real spike hasn't hit. Not yet.

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Politics

Monday, July 09, 2012

Crude Oil And National Security / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTHE WIDENING GULF
Oil and national security were at one time treated like they meant the same thing, using the extra loop of logic that cheap oil = economic security. Today, Goldman Sachs, and other major financial market players are pulling out all the stops, using all the tricks to try and stop oil prices from falling. High oil prices are now a critical prop to the world's failing financial, banking, monetary and trading systems.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The Godmother Ran Out Of Luck: Saudi And Global Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a recent (29 June) Market Oracle article, Andrew Butter writes: "One suspects that behind the Saudi rhetoric about keeping oil prices fair for the sake of the world economy and world peace…like a modern day fairy-godmother-of-last-resort, there is the thought that if prices stay above $120 or so for long then some serious E&P investment is going to get directed into that area, rather like the investment in the North Sea in the 1970’s which kept prices a long way lower than “fair”…until that oil ran out".
Quite right, but the not-so-new Saudi Nice Price of $75 is now cheap oil, and itself proves we have Peak Oil in a wholly unexpected way.

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Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Unconventional Oil is NOT a Game Changer / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Raul_I_Meijer

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil prices have been falling.

This is no surprise to us here at The Automatic Earth, as our position is that the 2008 price peak will stand for a very long time, and that the rise from the 2009 low has been a counter-trend rally. Prices of many assets have been moving with the ebb and flow of confidence, and therefore of liquidity, in this era of extreme financialization, and commodities are no exception.

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Monday, July 02, 2012

Is Oil Overvalued? Or are we just seeing temporary weakness in the Price of Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Larry Cyna:

Canadian Oil Sands Prices as an Indicator
In recent months there has been an anomaly between world oil prices and the price of oil coming out of the Canadian Oil Sands. Because of transportation issues Canadian heavy oil has been receiving less value than the world price of oil. They say that this is a temporary anomaly and perhaps it is so. But this differential is but an indication of weakness in the price of oil everywhere.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Shale Oil Stocks are Poised to Earn Investors Big Profits / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: With oil production soaring in the United States, shale oil stocks will be pumping out profits for years to come.

It's all thanks to huge deposits of shale oil.

At least four new major shale oil plays including the Bakken in Montana and North Dakota, the Eagle Ford in Texas, and the Marcellus in Pennsylvania and New York, may have more than 20 billion barrels each of recoverable oil.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

Crude Oil Price Bubbleomics Impact on EP Valuations / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJust so you know, my interest in oil prices is not because I trade (I don’t), or that I care about global warming, tree-hugging, or America’s bill to buy oil, all I care about is the price; because that drives the value of companies and projects I’m involved in.

This is an update on an article posted eighteen months ago called Crude Oil Price Forecast to 2020. The issue then was the specter of Peak Oil.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Waiting For Russia And Saudi Arabia: Crude Oil Prices Will Fall / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs of June 25, Brent and WTI grade crudes continue to show weaker price trends despite one or two previously sure-and-certain price tweakers towards the upside, that no longer work today. In fact, the biggest should-be tweaker, tropical storm Debby, itself shows how fundamentals are stacking up and driving down oil prices. When prices attain about $75 per barrel for WTI, and more for Brent, this will draw squeals, threats, promises and posing from Saudi Arabia and Russia.

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Commodities

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Crude Oil Price To Fall Further? Saudi Seeks To Checkmate Iran and Russia / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: DK_Matai

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleForget the plunge to $80 a barrel, there are new predictions emerging that oil could fall further to between $60 and $40 per barrel by this autumn.  Why? There are many factors at work and Saudi Arabia is one of them.  Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi has made no secret of his desire to curb high oil prices in order to provide a "stimulus" for the stalling global economies.  If the price of oil continues to fall that is obviously great news for motorists around the world but this is not so good for Russia and Iran because their budget trajectories don't balance below $100+ a barrel.  Countering the threat from those two countries is very important to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia because:

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Oil Price Differentials: Caught Between the Sands and the Pipelines / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Research writes: One of oil's most important characteristics is its fungibility, which means that a barrel of refined oil from Texas is equivalent to one from Saudi Arabia or Nigeria or anywhere else in the world. The global oil machine is built upon this premise – tankers take oil wherever it is needed, and one country pays almost the same as the next for this valuable commodity.

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Sunday, June 17, 2012

Crude Oil Demand Recovery Is Unlikely / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article"World oil consumption will rebound next year as the global economy recovers, according to a report released by the Paris-based International Energy Agency which said it expects global oil demand to grow 1.7%, for an increase of 350,000 barrels per day from its previous estimate".

The only problem with the serial oil demand growth-forecasting reports from the IEA is the above example dates from.... September 2009. At that time, crude for November delivery was trading around $71.75 a barrel for WTI grade.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Why We Need Expensive Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo some it can seem a joke, but the new definition of "expensive oil" is about $75 a barrel. Even worse fol oil producers, $75 a barrel is rapidly becoming the base price for financially feasible oil production development strategies. Above all, the old paradigm of extreme high oil prices is long dead.

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Commodities

Friday, June 08, 2012

The Best ETFs for Any Move in Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Crude oil prices have been hammered of late.

The cost of oil fell 21.8% between May 1 and June 1 - from $106.50 to $83.23 a barrel - the sharpest monthly drop since December 2008.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

Disruptive Economics Accelerating Global Energy Change / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil analysts already integrate “disruptive technology” in the shape of hybrid and all-electric cars in their forecasts of probable, at least possible decline in the total oil demand of the world's two-largest car fleets - in the EU27 and USA - and in the world's fastest-growing fleets of China, India and other smaller emerging economies.

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Monday, June 04, 2012

Will the Oil Bubble Pop Down to $67 This Time: If so that’s Good News / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article The story so far:

1: There was a bubble in oil prices in 2008. The evidence for that is it popped which is a pretty good clue; although so far no one has figured out what drove the bubble. Yes it was probably speculators with access to easy money, but sadly no smoking gun has been found, although one gets the impression no one looked very hard.

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Saturday, June 02, 2012

Dark Times For Black Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCurrent and rising, but always belated recognition of reality is that the economy isn't coming around like we hoped, that we have what PIMCO's chief Mohamed El-Erian calls a global synchronized slowdown: this can only push oil prices down. The euro's belated shrinkage against the dollar can also only push down oil prices, for a wider range of reasons than many think, of which only some are cast in stone as the Brent-WTI premium.

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Thursday, May 31, 2012

Troubled Times for World Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMajor energy monitoring entities, including the US EIA and the OECD group's energy watchdog the IEA are forced to report that for the developed nation OECD group, and increasingly even for energy outlooks in Emerging economy giants China and India, energy demand is stagnant or falling. For the G20 group, including the largest Emerging economies, demand forecasts are presently set at growth for all types of energy being at most 2% in 2012. For oil, taking account of continuing shrinkage, or at best fractional growth of OECD demand and constantly revised-down demand growth in China and India, the year forecast is now well below 1% growth for global demand and can easily go lower.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Expecting Crude Oil Prices to End 2012 Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLarry D. Spears writes: Forecasts for oil prices in the second half of 2012 and on into 2013 are varied, but there's one point on which virtually all agree: Oil prices won't be going down.

One reason is that oil prices have already dropped substantially in recent weeks.

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Friday, May 25, 2012

Worries Escalate Over $200 Crude Oil and $6 Gas / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDon Miller writes: Could new sanctions against Iran spark a crisis that drives oil prices to $200 a barrel?
The leaders of the Group of Eight (G8) economies certainly hope not.

Even still, they recently unveiled plans to tap into global emergency strategic oil reserves -- just in case.

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Companies

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Two Culprits in the Oil Demand-Pricing Disconnect / Companies / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: As we wait for a "floor" in the price of oil, the pundits continue to talk about declining oil demand in the U.S. and Europe.

But the figures are beginning to tell us something very different – at least on one side of the pond.

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Commodities

Friday, May 18, 2012

Forget Peak Oil, Time To Worry About Peak Oil Labor / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a recent working paper, researchers at the the IMF (International Monetary Fund) attempt to reconcile the Peak Oil debate that whether resource constraints will dictate the future of oil output and prices, or advance in technology motivated by high oil price would eventually provide a solution to more production, as well as higher oil prices.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Brent-NYMEX Crude Oil Spread Widening / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

During the month of May so far, Brent crude oil futures have declined from $128.40 to $110.93 (-$17.47), or nearly 14%, while NYMEX Oil has declined from $106.49 to $93.65 (-$12.84), or about 22%. This has resulted in a widening of the Brent-NYMEX differential from $13 to nearly $18.

Judging from both the recent up-leg pattern of the differential and the powerful position of its near-vertical momentum gauge, the Brent (British North Sea oil)-NYMEX (U.S. oil) spread should continue to widen towards a retest of its year-long resistance line, now at $19.95.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The Death of Greece, Impact on Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the Eurozone continues to show weakness, events yesterday in Athens may accelerate the situation. The downward movement in oil prices this morning in both London and on the NYMEX testifies to the rising concern.

The aftermath of the Greek elections propelled the new radical left party SYRIZA into the limelight as the second strongest party in the country. Given the adamant refusal by SYRIZA leadership to accept bailout reforms, the party's new brokering position means the crisis will continue.

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Commodities

Thursday, May 03, 2012

Betting Against Crude Oil Falling Below $40 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAt the latest Casey Research conference, respected investment analyst Porter Stansberry stood at the podium and predicted that the price of oil will fall below US$40 per barrel within the next 12 months. Part of his reasoning revolves around the impact that the shale gas revolution has had in the United States – he believes a similar thing will happen with oil.

Porter is a friend of mine and a very smart, successful individual… but I think not.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Crude Oil Supply And 'Peak Oil' Price Drivers / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeak Oil can be defined at least 4 ways but one way is simple: Peak Oil is when supplies and stocks are tight enough, relative to demand, to make price slides short and price hikes long. This will continue until and unless the economy tilts into recession through market forces, or by policy decision in response to either external or internal shocks. Examples of the second feature the post-2008 bank, finance and insurance sector crisis, and the sovereign debt crisis of many OECD countries since 2008.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

Crude Oil Supply & Demand Outlook Remains Favorable for Producers / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Elliot_H_Gue

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMy outlook for crude oil prices remains relatively unchanged since the beginning of 2012. Potential demand destruction brought on by persistently high oil prices should limit upside for oil prices.

That being said, don’t assume that US oil demand is collapsing because of elevated oil prices and sluggish economic growth.

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Commodities

Friday, April 20, 2012

How to Profit from the Bakken Crude Oil Shale Boom / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: Did you ever wish you'd been around for the California gold rush of 1849? Or the Texas oil boom of the early 1900s?

Maybe you can't go back in time, but you don't have to.

The Bakken oil shale boom going on in North Dakota right now is just as big-if not bigger.

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Politics

Friday, April 20, 2012

What President Obama Doesn't Understand About Crude Oil Price Manipulation / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: If you think gasoline prices are volatile now, stay tuned. President Obama's plan to clamp down on oil speculators is going to make things worse.

I'm sure you've seen the news by now.

The president wants to clamp down on so-called "oil price manipulation" and has proposed a $52 billion plan to increase federal supervision of oil markets.

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Commodities

Sunday, April 15, 2012

The Magical Decline Of Crude Oil Demand / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeople who like conspiracy theory are well served by the Oil Establishment's ceaseless quest to present world oil supply as sufficient if not 'abundant', denying the evidence of Peak Oil, and accessorily keeping a lid on oil prices. BP, like most of the downsized family of private, nonOPEC, non Emerging country national oil companies, and the energy agencies of the major oil consuming countries spins magical theories purporting to show that oil demand is "withering away". The clan of oil majors once called the Seven Sisters, but today better called the 5 Anxious Dwarfs in oil production terms because all of them are making the Gas Shift away from oil, claims that global oil demand "will shrink to nothing". To be sure, the 5 Dwarfs now control only 12% of world oil production capacity, even if their profits remain impressive, so they like to pretend they dont need Black Stuff anymore.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Why High Oil Prices Even at $200 Won't Cause a Recession / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMartin Hutchinson writes: Last Friday's weak unemployment numbers, with only 120,000 jobs created, brought renewed wails that high oil prices were causing a recession.

Having heard this refrain so many times, I thought I'd dig a little deeper.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Crude Oil and Natural Gas Ratio Explodes to 52:1 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ink on our last article is barely dry when its dire prediction actually came true 48 hours later--natural gas price dropping below $2, a level not seen in over a decade.  Henry Hub natural gas front month futures declined to $1.982 per 1,000 cubic feet (mcf) on Wed. April 11, its lowest level since January 28, 2002, when the price hit $1.91.  Meanwhile, WTI crude oil rose by $1.68 to finish at $102.70 per barrel; Brent rude increased by 30 cents to finish at $120.18.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

The Keystone Oil Pipeline Fallout: Canada Makes Over a Billion New Friends / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJames Baldwin writes: "If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading." Lao Tzu

You can forget about energy independence for now.

Without Canadian oil it is nothing but the latest American pipe dream.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Crude Oil Under Pressure / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Let's notice that today's swoon in nearby NYMEX crude oil has pressed to a new corrective low at 101.49 off its March 1 high at $110.55. It just so happens that this morning's new low for the move has not been confirmed by my 4-hour RSI momentum gauge, which is our first warning signal that the selling pressure might be drying up for oil and the U.S. Oil Fund ETF (USO).

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Commodities

Sunday, April 01, 2012

Peak Oil Evasion Tactics Scraping The Barrel / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleProbably well-intentioned but always ineffective oil saving plans, schemes and notions are reaching the limit of their low effectiveness, a rising number of indicators suggest. In a week where newswires tell the story of French election-oriented attempts by the outgoing Sarkozy government to persuade the IEA's main powerbrokers to release oil stocks, and shave a few cents off the price of car fuel in time for Sarkozy's re-election bid, this is schizophrenically opposed by the same French government. It is pressurizing other EU governments to further tighten their oil embargoes on Iran. 

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Commodities

Thursday, March 29, 2012

The Truth About $6 Gas, $200 Crude Oil, the Quest for Energy Independence / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: No one needs to tell the average American about the impact of oil and gas prices. If they don't feel it in their wallets every day, they hear about it on the news every night.

But surprisingly, amid all the rhetoric, there have been no real answers to some of the key questions driving the energy debate... until now.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Crude Oil Prices: Now for Something Really Scary / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIf oil prices don’t crash down to $67 within the next two months, that means for sure the evil one-eyed-drooling-spirit of Peak Oil, which everyone has been studiously trying to ignore for so long, has finally arrived.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Eye on Crude Oil and Natural Gas / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Downward momentum may be becoming exhausted in natural gas and its related ETFS -- US Natural Gas Fund (UNG) and ProShares Ultra DJ UBS Natural Gas ETF (BOIL).

Meanwhile, oil prices and the US Oil Fund ETF (USO) have sold off hard but not enough to damage the overall bullish chart pattern.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Solving The Global Energy Equation: Demand-Supply-Infrastructure / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleLittle remarked by most analysts of the OECD-wide financial and debt rout in 2008-2011, world energy demand rebounded fast from its sharp plunge in 2008-2009. For the year 2010 the BP Statistical Review of 2011 painted a dramatic rebound story. World energy demand jumped by 5.6% led by coal demand growing over 7%, gas demand growing almost as much, and oil consumption by 3.1% as China moved to become the world's biggest single energy using nation. With no surprise, oil prices rose by 29% on average in 2010 from the year previous.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Not Even Saudi Arabia Can Save Us From High Crude Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: With oil prices soaring ever higher, Saudi Arabia stepped in last week and vowed to increase its production by 25% if necessary.

But while that assurance managed to siphon a few dollars off of oil futures, the reality is there's nothing Saudi Arabia - or anyone else, for that matter - can do about rising oil prices.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Crude Oil Prices And The 'Peak Oil' Environment / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeak Oil can be defined at least 4 ways but one way is simple: Peak Oil is when supplies and stocks are tight enough, relative to demand, to make price slides short and price hikes long, until and unless the economy tilts into recession or by policy decision in response to a dysfunctional and parasitic bank, finance and insurance sector is either pushed or allowed to fall into recession.

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Politics

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Saudi Arabia Hires Super Tankers to Flood U.S. With Oil for Election Year / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Shedlock

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article... Oil Minister Says "High Oil Prices Unjustified"; Highest March Price in History; Republicans Say Obama Not Doing Enough

Wall of Supertankers Heads For US

Brent crude at $125, US Crude at $110, and soaring gasoline prices everywhere have caused quite a stir. See Highest Price Ever of Gasoline in March; State-by-State Gas Price and Gas Tax Comparison for a discussion.

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

The Bullish Case for Large-Cap Oil Stocks / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWith oil prices near record highs, who are the big winners in this energy bull market? Fadel Gheit, managing director and senior analyst of Oppenheimer & Co. has large-cap explorers and producers on his radar. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Wall Street veteran Gheit shares his top picks for diversification, income and even growth.

The Energy Report: What is your current investment theme?

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Commodities

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Global Oil Market Needs Canada's Crude / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Canada's natural resources minister told delegates at the International Energy Forum in Kuwait that his country was on the cusp of becoming an "energy superpower." Canada ranks No. 6 in terms of global oil production, but much of its crude exists in the form of oil sands. European leaders are considering a measure that would classify oil sands as an environmental issue, prompting Canada to threaten to take the issue to the World Trade Organization. With the U.S. political system in a deadlock over Canadian crude, the Ottawa government is now working to convince the international community that the global market is in jeopardy if polices "discriminate against oil sands."

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

IEA Report Shows We Are Already In A 'Peak Oil' Context / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe most recent IEA Oil Market Report, for February, could be interpreted as bringing some good news to oil importer countries of the OECD group, for which the IEA is the "energy watchdog agency". Its report said that oil demand in the OECD group, at about 46.25 million barrels per day (Mbd) was still 1.25 Mbd below the 5-year average for oil consumption by the 30-nation developed economy group.

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Commodities

Friday, March 16, 2012

Crude Oil and Natural Gas Bottoming? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

If I totally was isolated from any news today, and all I had at my disposal was the enclosed 4-hr chart of nearby NYMEX Oil, the analysis argues that a correction from the March 1 high at 110.55 is at or nearly completed into this morning's low at 103.78.

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Commodities

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Will Crude Oil Price Continue Heading Higher? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoes it feel like it costs an arm and a leg to fill your car these days? While consumers may continue to feel the bite from higher gasoline prices, investors can use these rising prices to their advantage.

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Commodities

Monday, March 05, 2012

Short Term Pullback in Brent Crude Oil Price Starts / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Donald_W_Dony

Brent prices have reached, for the short term, a peak. The Atlantic basin commodity has topped out at $128.40 and is now pulling back to the first support level of $120. The trigger for the expected retracement appears to be the US dollar.

Brent prices tend to trade in the opposite direction to the US$. And the Big dollar is beginning to rise again (Chart 1). The currency bounced off of the $0.782 support line in February and is now advancing to a target of $0.805.

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Politics

Friday, March 02, 2012

Iran Oil Trumps Iran Nuclear / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US Energy Dept's 29 February report on world oil market trends carried baleful news for the gung-ho fraternity who want to turn Iran's nuclear installations into Dirty Bombs before Iran produces the Clean Bombs that other owner countries, like the US, Pakistan, France and Israel proudly possess.

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Commodities

Friday, March 02, 2012

Nymex Crude Oil Looking Higher / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The decline in nearby NYMEX Crude Oil prices from last Friday's high at 109.95 to yesterday's low at 104.84 returned the price structure to its prior multi-month upside breakout plateau at 104.50 (from Feb 19). This contained the selling pressure and attracted buying interest that then propelled oil above 107.00, in what looks like the completion of a near-term correction within the larger bull move off of last October's low at 74.95.

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Commodities

Thursday, March 01, 2012

The Mystery Behind Rising Crude Oil Prices Solved / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Michael_Pento

Everything I’ve been warning about regarding the fallout from global central bankers’ love affair with inflation is coming to fruition. Consumers are once again dealing with the fact that the cost of filling up their gas tank is eating a significant portion of their disposable income. The price of a barrel of oil is now soaring above $100 a barrel; just as it always has done when the Fed has gone on one of their counterfeiting sprees. And it’s not just dollars that have been eroding in value because the price of oil in Euros is now at a record high. The sad truth is that with each iteration of QE, either in the U.S. or around the globe, it has sent oil prices skyrocketing, inflation rising and the economy into the tank.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Crude Oil And Inflation Economic Crisis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleConventional wisdom says high oil prices raise inflation and slow down economic growth. Recessions are therefore caused anytime oil prices spike, we are invited to believe. In the real world, European Central Bank president Mario Draghi has lowered interest rates twice since he took over as head of the ECB in November, as oil prices went on rising, but economic and finance observers claim that keeping borrowing costs down will get harder as oil prices cruise to record levels in euro terms.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Global 'Oil Shock' Could Sink Obama's Re-Election Bid / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Gary_Dorsch

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs the price of North Sea Brent crude oil touched $125 /barrel last week, the topic of sharply higher gasoline prices suddenly caught the attention of the Main Stream Media (MSM). Spin artists for the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama were quick to deny any responsibility for soaring oil prices, and instead blamed the upward spiral on geo-political tension with Iran. However, since the days of the Yom Kippur War in October 1973, - when the OPEC cartel placed an embargo on crude oil sales and hiked oil prices by 70%, the price of gasoline has been a key variable effecting the outcome of US-presidential elections.

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Politics

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

When Oil Rides High The Snakeoil Flows / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe US energy department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) launched its annual Energy Innovation Summit, 27 February, to a backdrop of oil price fear and a ritual bout of warnings on the economic dangers of spiralling oil prices, from media friendly economic gurus usually peddling the debt-deficit-and-doom storyline.

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Commodities

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Is Crude Oil About to Crash the Markets? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: WavePatternTraders

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDo I or Don't I?

I decided not to bother, what you ask? writing more of the same about the US stock markets, It don't need a genius to write that the US stock markets are in a coma and stuck in the ICU room waiting to come back into the real world. Although nothing has really changed from the current ideas I am reluctant to post more of the same stuff when nothing really has happened.

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Commodities

Friday, February 24, 2012

Peak Oil is here, Crude Oil price to reach $150 by 2012 Year End / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Sam_Chee_Kong

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe ‘Peak Oil’ or ‘Hubbert Peak’ theory refers to the peak in global oil production. Oil is finite and non renewable resource and once half of its reserve is depleted then it will go into a terminal decline as shown on the above figure.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Crude Oil vs. Iran: Who Blinks First? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Oil futures spiked more than 2% in one day to their highest level in nine months on Tuesday Feb. 21. WTI front month contract closed at $105.84, while Brent ended at $121.66 on ICE, primarily on investors fear of potential conflict over the escalating tensions between the US, Europe, Israel, and Iran. A second Greek bailout deal of €130bn (£110bn; $170bn) also helped to inject some optimism into the market (which would seem totally mis-placed as we may need to relive this Greek drama in two years). Nevertheless, the fact remains crude oil market supply and demand has not changed a bit to warrant a 2%+ price jump in one day.

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Politics

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Crude Oil and Curreny Markets Instability: Petro-Dollars and the Oil Bourse / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Bob_Chapman

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSeveral years ago free trade, globalization, offshoring and outsourcing were discussed in the major media. As time wore on the issues disappeared and now it is not easy to find discussions of these policies virtually anywhere as the drain of jobs and companies leave the third world.

Not only have the better paying jobs been leaving, but the destruction of economic independence and sovereignty has been a victim as well, something few professionals, never mind the public, thinks about. If America is to ever have an economic recovery there will have to be trade legislation with tariffs on goods and services.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Brent Crude Oil ETF on the Rise / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Looking at the U.S. Brent Oil Fund ETF (BNO), all of the action off of last Thursday's high at 82.56 represents a high-level bullish consolidation area that ended yesterday. The pattern is resolving itself to the upside in a thrust towards 84-84.50 next.

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Commodities

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Crude Oil Prices Make for Profitable ETF Trades / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleToday's retail investors have more options than ever before, but there is a shortage of practical information on how to manipulate different investment products, be they ETFs, options or equities. Enter Roger Wiegand, editor of Trader Tracks. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Wiegand discusses his methods for energy investment and how to set tailor-made time and price windows to realize solid gains.

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Commodities

Thursday, February 09, 2012

What If Iran Closed The Straits Of Hormuz? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJimmy Carter asked himself the same question 32 years ago and committed political suicide straight after - but had the time to install solar collectors on the White House roof, in winter, which incoming president Ronald Reagan moved swiftly to have ripped out. We are told that if Iran closed the Straits - possibly for a half day but not much longer before war action reversed the closure - this would give excited oil traders the leeway to make oil prices pop by $30 or $40 a barrel. Iran cutting off its crude oil exports to Europe, or having them embargoed by Europeans, would have a longer-term, slower upward impact on prices, especially in Europe, measured by a Brent premium against WTI that could go beyond $30 per barrel.

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Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Iran Crisis Sets Stage for Crude Oil $200 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: Just when it looked like we could take a breather from the Strait of Hormuz, all attention is back on Iran.

There are three reasons for this - all happening within the last week:

1.First was Tehran's successful launch of a satellite, viewed by all in the region as being for military intelligence.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Is Deepwater Horizon the New Ecuador? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Nearly two years after the worst accidental offshore oil spill in the history of the energy industry, some of the biggest companies in the world are busy pointing their legal fingers at one another in court over who has to pay what in claims, damages and fines over the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil spill. A federal judge this week ruled that BP is still obligated to a clause in its contract with Transocean that would protect the rig owner from damages related to the spill. That means BP still has to shell out money to settle claims filed by those along the southern U.S. coast impacted by the spill. BP, meanwhile, is suing Halliburton, something Halliburton said was ridiculous. If the legal mess over Chevron's case involving Ecuador is any indication, former BP boss Tony Hayward will be pushing 80 before this gets settled.

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Commodities

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Why Energy Investors Will Get Crushed If They Fail to Look Towards Dubai / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKeith Fitz-Gerald writes: The way I see it, U.S. and European energy traders will be lucky if the door doesn't hit them in the backsides as everybody heads for the doors.

Like so many Western investors, they still have their blinders on.

They think that if demand in the U.S. and the European Union (EU) begins to slide that oil prices will fall into the toilet right along with it.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Straightening Out the Strait / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Browne

Recently some of the fears that investors had focused on in the 11th hour debt negotiations in Greece have drifted southeastward towards the Strait of Hormuz. An increasingly bellicose Iran threatens to throw the world economy into confusion with the potential closure of one of the world's most important sources of energy. Catastrophic failure in Athens or the Gulf could plunge the world into severe recession if not depression. Having discussed the Eurozone at length, we focus this week on the threats posed by Iran.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Completed Correction in Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Nearby NYMEX oil experienced a deep retracement of yesterday's upmove from 97.40 to 100.24. This morning's low at 98.25 followed by an upside pivot and rally to 99.20-plus preserved yesterday's low as well as its up-leg, which itself exhibited bullish form.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

How to Profit from the "Shale Oil Bubble" / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: It's true: French, Japanese, and Chinese energy companies cannot seem to get their hands on a big enough slice of U.S. shale oil deposits these days.

However, that doesn't mean this investment frenzy is evidence of a "shale oil bubble."

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Gasoline and Crude on the Rise / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Jim_Farrish

$5 gasoline this summer -- fact or fiction? As we start a new year it is apparent that $3 gasoline is leaving, at least for now. The rise at the pump is to $3.39 per gallon according to AAA last week. Considering the average cost was down to $3.20 just three weeks ago, this is an increase of nearly 6%. Gasoline is up 30% versus a year ago according to the AAA data. What does all this mean and what is driving the price higher? Short term, there has been concern over the bantering with Iran and the threat to close the Strait of Hormuz. Some 17 million barrels per day passed through in 2011. Geopolitical risks are always present in the current era of the Mideast. Not to be outdone, Nigeria has seen strikes and protests over the weekend, adding to the pressure on oil prices. Thus, gasoline is on the rise... again. The following are some issues facing gas and potential reasons it may rise to $5 per gallon this summer.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Crude Oil Prices 2012, Another Roller Coaster Ride? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Asha_Bangalore

Oil is trading around $112 a barrel this morning. Putting things in perspective, the price of oil today is higher than the level seen in the 2005-2006 period when the world economy was growing at a faster pace and the economic challenges of 2012 were not on the horizon.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

Upward Pressure to Remain on Brent Crude Oil in 2012 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Investment_U

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Fessler writes: Oil prices have traded off a few dollars from their recent highs. The factors that will keep Brent above $100 a barrel for 2012 are the same ones that kept it above $100 all of last year.

Take a look at the graph below, courtesy of the Energy Information Administration.

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Monday, January 16, 2012

All You Need to Know About Iran, $200 Crude Oil, and $6.00 Gas / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: If you're unsettled by the thought of gasoline at $4.00 a gallon, brace yourself.

With tensions between Iran and the West quickly escalating, we could see gas jump to $6.00 a gallon at the pump in a matter of months.

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Commodities

Friday, January 13, 2012

Bullish on Crude Oil, Bearish Energy Stocks / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Oil is considerably higher today, as geopolitical tensions continue, and despite despite yesterday's larger-than-expected inventory build in oil and gasoline, and unseasonably warm weather across much of the nation.

Increasingly, it appears that all of the action off of the Jan 4 high at 103.74 into this morning's price at 101.94 in NYMEX crude oil futures has carved out a high-level bullish coil pattern. When complete, this pattern should resolve into a new up-leg that propels nearby NYMEX oil to new highs projected into the 106-108 area.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Correction Over in Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Increasingly, my near-term work is "warning" me that the correction in NYMEX crude oil from its Jan 4 high at 103.74 likely ended at this morning's pre-market low at 100.83.

A climb above 102.05/15 will confirm the low and indicate that a new up-leg is in progress for oil and the U.S. Oil Fund ETF (USO) that should propel futures prices towards 106-108 next.

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Sunday, January 08, 2012

Crude Oil Prices Moving To Red Alert / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticlePeak oil is moving back fast as permitted dinner time talk - and office time action with futures and options. And the reasons are multiple, well known, but heavily discounted until now. Through late 2011, many times, the IEA's chief economist Fatih Birol has outlined how radically the IEA sees the oil price outlook, particularly the coming and fast intensifying trend of reserve depletion hitting onshore, mature, conventional oil production. Lost in the climate crisis talk however, the oil price message was often sidelined.

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Iran's Threat to Global Oil Market Means USO ETF Profits / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJack Barnes writes: Iran kicked off the New Year with aggressive messages for the Western world, setting the stage for heightened political tensions and a huge oil price push in 2012.

Oil futures finished at their highest level in eight months yesterday (Tuesday), with West Texas Intermediate crude jumping 4.2% to settle at $102.96 a barrel on the on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX).

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Commodities

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Case for Sustained $100 Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn 2011, oil was one of the top performing commodities among those we track, with Brent rising more than 13 percent. Geopolitical risk and unexpected non-OPEC supply losses caused oil to rise significantly in early 2011. By October, we saw the black gold sink to a low of $96 per barrel before rising to its current level of nearly $108 a barrel.

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Politics

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

U.S. Iran War Imminent in Straits of Hormuz? $200 a Barrel Oil? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe pieces and policies for potential conflict in the Persian Gulf are seemingly drawing inexorably together.

Since 24 December the Iranian Navy has been holding its ten-day Velayat 90 naval exercises, covering an area in the Arabian Sea stretching from east of the Strait of Hormuz entrance to the Persian Gulf to the Gulf of Aden. The day the maneuvers opened Iranian Navy Commander Rear Admiral Habibollah Sayyari told a press conference that the exercises were intended to show "Iran's military prowess and defense capabilities in international waters, convey a message of peace and friendship to regional countries, and test the newest military equipment." The exercise is Iran's first naval training drill since May 2010, when the country held its Velayat 89 naval maneuvers in the same area. Velayat 90 is the largest naval exercise the country has ever held.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Crude Oil Prices, The Coming Event Horizon / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn a UK 'Guardian' interview, 10 November 2011, the IEA's chief economist Fatih Birol once again outlined how radically the IEA sees the oil price outlook. He said: "If fossil fuel (energy) infrastructure is not rapidly changed, the world will lose for ever the chance to avoid dangerous climate change", but more to the point he provided the IEA's estimate of what oil price rises in 2010-2011 had done for the OECD group of countries, saying annual oil import costs had risen by 30% to about $790 billion from around $625 billion in 2010.

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Commodities

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Crude Oil Supply 2012, Should We Be Worried About Iran? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDavid Zeiler writes: If the Iranian government makes good on its recent threats to stop oil shipments through the Strait of Hormuz, oil prices would shoot up $20 to $30 a barrel within hours and the price of gasoline in the United States would rise by $1 a gallon.

Such a steep spike in crude oil prices would plunge the United States and Europe back into recession, said Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors.

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Commodities

Sunday, January 01, 2012

There Will Be Oil - Versus - Peak Oil Now / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleClaiming there is an oil limit on the economy and why peak oil is inevitable is usually talked down by saying its an unsure theory at best, and controversial, fear mongering or defeatist at worst. The totally simple numbers which prove it are however not Einstein-type mathematics and are not impossible to understand - - only by the badly intentioned or plain stupid.

We can start with the average oil consumption of OECD countries of about 14.4 barrels/capita/year, and try extending that to China and India. Presently they consume about 3 barrels per head in China and less than 2 barrels per head in India with recent growth rates as high as 6% per year.

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Commodities

Monday, December 26, 2011

Oil Crisis In 2012 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWill we have a massive oil crisis in 2012 ? If it happened, what would it do to the struggling global economy ?

One other question is easier to answer: can we compare this almost certain coming crisis with the Hunt for the Quark, snark or Higgs boson ? Defenders of the claim the Higgs boson exists only have their research budgets and scientific kudos to worry about, but defenders of the present de facto claim that global oil supply is secure "because of high oil prices" face a much more complex challenge.

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Commodities

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Russian Oil Rig Disaster Reveals Growing Problem in Supply Access / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: Earlier this week, an oil platform sank off the Russian Pacific coast in frigid, stormy waters.

The Kolskaya had been stationed off far northeastern Russia, and capsized when engineers were moving the jack-up rig from ongoing drilling projects in the Sea of Okhotsk to the western coast of Sakhalin Island. Accounts from the 14 survivors mention waves in excess of 20 feet.

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Commodities

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Crude Oil Price Forecast 2012, How to Profit from $150 Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: 2011 was an up-and-down year for oil prices, but don't expect that pattern to repeat in 2012.

No, next year, the trajectory for oil prices will be far more linear - and it's pointed up.

In fact, we could even see $150 oil by mid-summer.

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Commodities

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Expecting Upside Pivot in Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

My work in nearby NYMEX oil argues that current weakness should violate Friday's low at 97.65 on the way to a press into the 96.00 area, where the price structure should make an attempt to hold and pivot to the upside, preserving the late-Nov double-bottom lows around $95.00.

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Politics

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Is Oil Fueling the Rise in Political Partisanship? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Submissions

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTom Therramus submits: In 2009 I published a chart in an article at Oil-Price.net that showed volatility in the price of oil had risen and fallen in a series of seven spikes during the prior decade. The turbulent year of 2008, when oil jumped to over $140 a barrel, was part of this series. But what was unexpected was just how early in the 2000s the signature of spiking volatility in oil price had gotten under way.

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Commodities

Monday, November 28, 2011

Crude Oil Price Analysis / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

January Crude Oil closed lower for the second consecutive week but losses could have been worse if not for a strong comeback on Friday. The primary reason for the weakness throughout the week was concern that the European debt crisis would trigger the start of a global recession. As bearish conditions spread throughout the Euro Region, traders pressured the Euro, driving up the U.S. Dollar and lowering demand for the dollar-based crude oil market.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Crude Oil Under Pressure / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

NYMEX crude oil has reversed from new recovery highs at 103.37 to test its November support line at 99.20, which so far has contained the pressure.

However, judging by the sharply declining 40-hour RSI momentum gauge, we should expect additional pressure that extends weakness towards a test of much more important support at 98.25/00 next.

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Politics

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

U.S. Energy Independence – The Big Lie / Politics / Crude Oil

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis Article“We are the generation that will win the war on the energy problem and in that process, rebuild the unity and confidence of America.” - President Jimmy Carter, 1979

“We have it in our power to act right here, right now. I propose $6 billion in tax cuts and research and developments to encourage innovation, renewable energy, fuel-efficient cars, and energy-efficient homes.” - President Bill Clinton, 1998

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Commodities

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Many Factors Fueling a Return to $100 Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil prices rose about 5 percent last week to finish only a dollar short of regaining triple-digit status. Since dipping below $80 per barrel on October 3, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) prices have increased almost 28 percent. This increase is nearly twice that of the S&P 500 Index, up 15 percent since October 3, but reinforces a recent trend for oil prices--as equities go, so goes oil.

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Commodities

Monday, November 14, 2011

How to Trade Oil ETFs when $100p/b is Reached / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleCrude oil was THE commodity to trade back in 2007-2008 when prices rocketed above $145 per barrel then dropped like a rock all the way back down to $35 per barrel leaving many investors and traders either greatly rewarded or dead broke.

Since then the focus of the world has moved to gold and silver as currencies spiral out of control with more and more reasons why individuals and entire countries should focus on owning physical metals rather than eroding currencies.

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Commodities

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Crude Oil in Initial Correction Phase / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

In the aftermath of today's inventory report, nearly NYMEX oil has jumped off its morning low at 95.54 to 96.42 so far, within the larger downmove off of yesterday's high at 97.82.

My near-term work argues that the decline from yesterday's high into this morning's low represents the initial phase of a correction that should press beneath the Oct-Nov up-trendline, now at 94.00, on the way to 90.00-88.00 thereafter.

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Commodities

Saturday, November 05, 2011

Will the U.S. Become World’s Largest Oil Producer? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Keith_Schaefer

The Surprising News about U.S. Oil Production

Dear OGIB Reader,

The U.S. likes to fancy itself a place that does everything a bit bigger and better than the rest of the world.

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Commodities

Friday, November 04, 2011

Crude Oil Explorers and Producers Hedge for Profit / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEnergy prices could be lower next year, but SunTrust Robinson Humphrey Analyst Neal Dingmann is finding both value and growth in small, hedged explorers and producers and in larger companies with cash on hand. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, Dingmann shares his favorite names.

The Energy Report: Why have so many oil exploration and production (E&P) companies failed to lock in prices for next year?

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Commodities

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Peak Oil Could Limit Economic Growth / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleExponential debt increases coupled with limited natural resources mean that we are in a predicament. This is the message The Crash Course Author Chris Martenson delivered at the Casey Research/Sprott Inc. summit, "When Money Dies." As an economic researcher, Chris considers the "Three E's" that shape our future: Economy, Energy and the Environment. In the below presentation, "Unfixable," Chris explains to Energy Report readers why these indicators suggest a global economic slowdown. Read on.

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Commodities

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

The Narrowing Spread Means Higher Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Dr. Kent Moors writes: I just left Baltimore, where I met with the Oil & Energy Investor and Money Morning editorial teams to discuss some interesting new developments.

This was followed rather quickly by a flight to Frankfurt, Germany, for meetings on a potentially major push in the European approach to a rapidly changing energy landscape.

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Politics

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Carbon Fear And Loathing In Riyadh / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA little trip to Riyadh is interesting. There, young western educated planners and cadres are all rigorously indoctrinated, or self-indoctrinated with Postcarbon Sustainability themes and memes. All government agencies are full of them. The holy city of Mecca now boasts an urban rail system able to carry 60 000 passengers per hour, and Saudi railway boomers intend to rival American and Russia railway builders of the 19th century, with 2400 miles of rail track currently under construction. To be sure, the main goal is replacing and substituting oil in the Saudi economy. In their colorful powerpoints, the Postcarbon Prophets of the Kingdom show these rail networks lined by Super Grids fed with clean green energy from huge windfarms and glistening solar power plants, miraculously protected from airborne sandstorm grit and stones. Whatever it is, Future Energy is not oil.

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Politics

Friday, October 28, 2011

Will Offshore Crude Oil Lubricate US–Cuba Relations? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Energy Opportunities writes: One of Spain's largest oil companies, Repsol, is gearing up to spud a deep, offshore well in Cuban waters, just 60 miles from the Florida Keys. A huge rig is still en route to the site from Singapore, and as it draws closer to its destination the zealous opposition from Floridian politicians who rely on the Cuban expatriate vote gets louder.

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Commodities

Friday, October 28, 2011

Unconventional Oil Supply / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Zeal_LLC

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEach year a small portion of the world’s finite oil supply is drained.  And over time this annual draw has grown larger in a world that seems to be getting smaller.  As global commerce gains fluidity, the demand for this hydrocarbon appears to be insatiable.

Transportation is of course by far the largest consumer of oil, responsible for about 60% of global demand.  Everything we own and everything available to us to buy had to get from where it was made to the point of sale.  And it is oil that fuels this transportation.

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Commodities

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Weakness in Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Based on my intraday pattern work, nearby NYMEX Crude Oil should roll over again and press towards 90.10-89.80 next. Should such a scenario unfold, then I will be interested to see if oil closes beneath 90.55, which its 200-day EMA. That level was hurdled on Monday, but violated again on the downside today (perhaps).

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Commodities

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Crude Oil Analysis and How To Trade Oil Report / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Chris_Vermeulen

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHow to trade oil is not an easy thing to do in today’s headline driven market. Even the best oil analysis which may have been correct will still be wrong at times. This is due to the fact that oil has many factors which play into its price. Things likes like extreme weather conditions, geopolitical events, currency fluctuations, economic conditions and supply and demand.

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Commodities

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Oil: The New Financial Product / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Keith_Schaefer

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleRetail consumers of oil – and retail investors of oil – are the big losers now that oil has become a financial product, says Dan Dicker, author of Oil’s Endless Bid.

But the irony is they’re doing it to themselves—by buying oil ETFs (Exchange Traded Funds) and ETNs (Exchange Traded Notes) and other financial derivative products based on oil.

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Politics

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Arab Spring: Counting Costs and Oil Profits In MENA / Politics / Crude Oil

By: EconMatters

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleTo follow up on our last article about the Arab Spring shockwaves, we thought it'd be of interest to see what the cost impact is for countries affected by the uprising.  A timely new study by the risk advisory firm Geopolicity provides some insight into that subject.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Energy Investors Pocket Profit on Oil Price Rally – And It’s Just the Beginning / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Kerri Shannon writes: Investors in energy stocks are enjoying an oil price rally that continued for a fifth trading session yesterday (Tuesday), pulling many oil-related investments up with it.

U.S. oil futures rose 40 cents to $85.81 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX). Black gold has climbed 12% since hitting a 52-week low of $76 a barrel last week - a 37% fall from its April high near $120 a barrel.

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Commodities

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Canadian Oil Sands - A Good Investment? Not in Europe, Apparently / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Any American watching cable TV over the past few months can hardly fail to have noticed the seemingly ubiquitous advertisements extolling the virtues of extracting oil from Canadian oil sands, which the commentators assure their audience has a carbon footprint largely comparable with traditional fossil fuels, and which, if developed will provide not only millions of new jobs but billions of dollars for governments as well as energy security by weaning the Western Hemisphere off its addiction to terrorism-tainted Middle East oil.

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Commodities

Friday, October 07, 2011

Offshore Oil Key to Future Crude Oil Supplies / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDespite the risks and unfavorable public opinion associated with offshore drilling, the truth remains that the keys to unlock the planet's vast remaining oil resources lie beneath ocean floors, in places like the Gulf of Mexico, Brazil and even the Arctic. In this exclusive interview with The Energy Report, noted commodities expert Amine Bouchentouf tells us why he likes the prospects for oil explorers and producers and how the potash business is fueling food production for a growing world.

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Commodities

Monday, October 03, 2011

Russia Effectively Doubles Nations Oil Reserves / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Russia, currently vying for the title of world's top oil producer with Saudi Arabia, claimed that new findings in its offshore Arctic territories have effectively doubled the nation's energy reserves.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Crude Oil Readying for More Downside? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

As of this moment, my optimal scenario for the nearby NYMEX oil price calls for a period of stability and/or a recovery rally that grinds into the 80.50-82.00 resistance area prior to another downside pivot that presses the price structure to new lows beneath 75.71 on the way to 70.00-65.00 thereafter.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Why Oil Prices Not Debt Will Be Europe's Next Big Worry / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: As I met with the Polish officials last Friday in Krakow to begin government sessions on shale gas policy, and European Union (EU) ministers met in the southwestern city of Wrocław, Poland, thoughts turned once again to oil pricing.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Downleg in Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Nearby NYMEX crude oil finally proved the chart work correct as it plunged from the upper portion of its September congestion pattern (89.00-90.00) to the lower portion (86.00-84.00). The decline from last Thursday's lower recovery high at 90.15 into this morning's low at 84.93 has the look and structure of a completed downleg.

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Politics

Friday, September 16, 2011

The Last Oil Wars / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn almost undisguised fashion, French and British media, with a weaker version in US mainstream media is talking up the Libyan war as an outright cheap oil victory - after all Libya has about 40 billion barrels of proven reserve, the oil is cheap to produce, and high quality. What matters now is who gets what, and the suppliers of airpower and munitions will be high up the list of winners.

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Commodities

Friday, September 16, 2011

Falling Crude Oil Prices: Worrying Trend or Saving Grace? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Marin Katusa, Casey Energy Team writes: When oil prices start to decline, investors and economists get worried. Oil prices in large part reflect global sentiment towards our economic future – prosperous, growing economies need more oil while slumping, shrinking economies need less, and so the price of crude indicates whether the majority believes we are headed for good times or bad. That explains the worry – those worried investors and economists are using oil prices as an indicator, and falling prices indicate bad times ahead.

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Commodities

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Crude Oil's Climb Set to Stall? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

This morning's crude oil inventory report showed a bigger than expected drawdown of 3.96 million barrels compared to expectations of 2 million barrels. Let's notice that although NYMEX oil remains up for the third consecutive session, today's high at 90.23 has not exceeded yesterday's high of 90.48 -- despite the bullish inventory news.

That's the first warning signal that the 8.8% climb in oil prices since Tuesday morning is stalling.

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Commodities

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Crude Oil Explosive Upside on Supply Decrease Plus Demand Increase / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Global Resource Investments Founder and Chairman Rick Rule is a self-described energy bull. In this special Energy Report from his latest web broadcast, he highlights the global macro-trends that will drive energy prices—oil, natural gas, uranium and alternative energy way up in the coming years.

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Commodities

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Unseemly Scrabble for Libya's Post-Gaddafi Oil Assets Underway / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

While NATO members, led by France, piously proclaimed at the onset of their military offensive in Libya that their concerns were solely humanitarian, a covert tussle to gain a commanding lead in developing the country's energy riches in light of Colonel Gaddafi's departure is well underway.

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Politics

Monday, September 05, 2011

Where’s Our Oil Price Collapse? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: James_Quinn

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMake no mistake about it, without plentiful, cheap, and easy to access oil, the United States of America would descend into chaos and collapse. The fantasies painted by "green" energy dreamers only serve to divert the attention of the non critical thinking masses from the fact our sprawling suburban hyper technological society would come to a grinding halt in a matter of days without the 18 to 19 million barrels per day needed to run this ridiculous reality show. Delusional Americans think  the steaks, hot dogs and pomegranates in their grocery stores magically appear on the shelves, the thirty electronic gadgets that rule their lives are created out of thin air by elves and the gasoline they pump into their mammoth SUVs is their God given right. The situation was already critical in 2005 when the Hirsch Report concluded:

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Politics

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Libya's Slippery Oil Prize / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMuammar Qaddafi’s exactly 42 year-old regime is now firmly on its way into the dustbin of history, sealing the fate of his quixotic and brutal administration that many outsiders found more comic rather than dangerous - but above all supplied high quality light sweet crude.

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Economics

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Catastrophic Economic Crunch Will Be Oil Mastitis: Set to Hit USA Just Like 2008 / Economics / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleEveryone was waiting with baited breath for the news about QE-3. But perhaps the number to watch was Q-3 nominal GDP, coming soon!!

The important message Ben Bernanke had in Jackson Hole was that the Federal Reserve cannot, on its own, create economic growth in America (or jobs), simply by making it more or less attractive for banks to lend; and thus for Americans and foreigners to borrow. Or by printing money to buy over-priced toxic assets so the ATM’s still work, or to help the Treasury improve the structure of their debt, by buying long bonds real cheap from Bill Gross…Hey Bill, that was a patriotic thing to do!

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Politics

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Russia and China's Energy Dispute and the Struggle for Eurasian Dominance / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleChina's voracious appetite for energy from anywhere has led most oil-producing nations to attempt to feed the dragon, including Russia.

But a curious situation has developed as regards Russian oil exports to the Celestial Kingdom, underlining that the two nations, which fought for global supremacy over the Communist movement for four decades, remain at best, "frenemies."

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The Old Faithful Peak Oil Debate / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIt is a well known refrain: Peak Oil is always now ! The problem is that nobody noticed, because oil prices are so high and demand growth is almost zero. The ongoing and real economic recession in almost all OECD countries more than "trims" oil demand in these countries, still taking about 45 million barrels a day (Mbd) on a world total demand of about 89 Mbd, depending on estimates, which easily range through + or - 2 Mbd, and vary even more than that for seasonal variations.

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Commodities

Friday, August 19, 2011

Crude Oil Looks Weak / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Oil market, for so long considered a one way bet for the bulls and potentially ruinous for western economies, no longer looks so sure-footed.

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Politics

Friday, August 19, 2011

Joint Chinese-Indian Oil Tanker Patrols Possible? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Aside from cost, the major problem for oil importing countries is getting the purchases safely home. Essentially, there are only two options - pipelines and maritime transport.

Both are vulnerable to attack and this is increasingly preoccupying Chinese leaders, especially as, according to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, China's dependence on imported oil rose to 55.2 percent for the first five months of 2011, surging to 9.61 million barrels per day. Read full article... Read full article...

 


Commodities

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Truth About Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDr. Kent Moors writes: Traditionally, demand levels would determine the overall condition of the oil market. Supply (and the investment required for that supply) would be based upon what demand told us.

Actually, oil never reflected the demand-supply relationship as well as other sectors of the market. Oil has an irritating habit of not reflecting what it should in the dynamics of market play. Until recently, petroleum economists would comment (or lament) about the demand inelasticity of oil. That means, due to the lack of available alternatives (especially in transportation), demand for oil products would not decline as the price rose.

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Commodities

Friday, August 12, 2011

Crude Oil Seeping To Lower Levels / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

The strong rally in Brent Crude in July put bears on a cautious footing. However, a decisive reversal at Fibonacci resistance has kept the medium term bear outlook intact.

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Commodities

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

Crude Oil Price Falling Off A Cliff, Like September 2008? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleI suspect that even the most sophisticated student of Econ-101 would concede that the trajectory of the price of oil in 2008 was a bubble and that 2009 was a bust?

Not that anyone has come up with a convincing theory for what it was that pumped up the bubble or what finally popped it, outside of the old favorites such as…the insanity of crowds, terrorist plots, and Goldman Sachs.

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Commodities

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

Decline Ended in Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Nearby NYMEX crude oil futures have the right look and the requisite underlying internals to suggest that yesterday's low at 93.42 and this morning's low at 93.81 ended the decline from the July 26 high at 100.62.

If that proves to be the case, then as long as 93.75/42 remains intact as key support, oil -- and the U.S. Oil Fund ETF (USO) --- likely is starting a recovery rally. That rally should revisit key resistance at 98.00-98.60 in oil futures, which, if hurdled, will trigger upside continuation to 100.00 for a test of the July highs.

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Commodities

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Peak Oil Has Passed / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: The_Energy_Report

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleSelf-professed contrarian and 321Energy Founder Bob Moriarty expects energy and food prices to follow oil on an upward trajectory, fueling more and more turmoil, unrest and violence around the planet, including the Western world. Read on for more insights in this exclusive interview with The Energy Report.

The Energy Report: The markets don't appear to have slowed for the typical summer doldrums this year. Instead, they seem to be returning to their pre-May highs, testing the 200-day moving averages. What do you think of this rally?

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

The Need for a Real Domestic Alternative Energy Policy in the USA / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Alternative energy (or renewable energy) is a new manufacturing industry paradigm that is in its infancy. However, the discussion is not new, and it looks as if the United States has positioned itself to be behind history on what can be a very promising industry for a stumbling economy. After the oil shortages in the 70's, government officials began discussing energy policy as a matter of national security, but this misses the point of a globally competitive economic world. It was too early then to begin thinking that China could out-invest the United States in order to produce an alternative energy manufacturing industry.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Will Crude Oil Reach $120 by December? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Eric_McWhinnie

Although there have been numerous economic reports to derail oil (NYSE:USO), the black gold continues to hold firm. Last week, investors were reminded that the employment picture remains weak, as initial claims came in at 418k. Barclays Capital (NYSE:BCS) released a report that inflows into commodity markets fell sharply as the first half of 2011 ended.

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Commodities

Friday, July 22, 2011

Crude Oil Outlook Remains Strong, 2011 Halftime Report / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis year has been eventful for the oil patch. Natural disasters, revolutions, terrorist attacks and political maneuvering kept oil bouncing around $100 per barrel and 3.8 percent higher on the year at the end of June. Despite the volatility and large number of external forces affecting oil prices, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its most recent Oil Market Report that “the bull run evident since autumn 2010 therefore looks in large part to be justified by supply and demand fundamentals.”

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Politics

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Iran Opens Oil Bourse - Harbinger of Trouble for New York and London? / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe last three years of global recession have dealt a major blow to American capitalist ideas trumpeted throughout the world on the value of "free markets." Wall St has been revealed as a form of casino economy, with the bankster insiders gambling with other people's, and eventually, the government's money in the form of bailouts. As the Republicans in Congress, scenting victory in the 2012 presidential elections, hold a gun to the Obama administration's head and rating agencies consider downgrading U.S. government bonds in light of Washington's possible defaulting, many ideas around the world that previously seemed implausible because of the dominance of the U.S. economy are garnering renewed interest.

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Commodities

Monday, July 18, 2011

An Epic Energy Crunch, Global Crude Oil Demand Exceeds Production / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Puru_Saxena

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe majority of the world’s developed economies are growing at a sluggish pace, yet the price of NYMEX crude is trading around US$100 per barrel.  Interestingly, the price of Brent Crude (the price most nations pay) is even higher!

You may recall that during the last oil spike in 2008, world governments blamed those wily speculators.  Therefore, in order to diminish speculation, the authorities banned leveraged ‘long’ oil exchange traded funds. 

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Commodities

Friday, July 15, 2011

Crude Oil Price Uncertainties / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe Euro zone sovereign debt crisis had barely been quietened by Greece agreeing to the austerity terms of her second financial rescue, when traders turned their attention to the public finances of Italy.

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Commodities

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

New Upleg for Crude Oil? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

My hourly pattern work in nearby NYMEX crude oil futures indicates that the structure of the decline from the July 7 high at 99.42 into this morning's low at 93.55 exhibits a completed corrective leg. If accurate this also means that oil has initiated a new upleg within a larger recovery rally period off of the June 27 low at 89.61 that projects above 99.42 into the 101-103 target zone.

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Commodities

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Crude Oil Prices : The Seamless Web / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs brokers and traders firstly tiptoe, then stampede out of both commodities and equities in programmed ritual lockstep when the warning signals of slower growth, higher debt, weaker money and more jobless persons flash deeper red we find more, clear, real-time proof what has happened to the financial space today. Commodities and equities are simply two facets of the same asset space. That single space is under heavy attack from reality but oil breakout on the upside, and equities on the downside is a new leading sign of that attack.

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Commodities

Friday, July 08, 2011

If Crude Oil Is A Bubble Where Is The Smoking Gun? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOn 22nd June, Brent closed at $113. Then IEA made their move; the price dropped, and by 26th June it closed at $104 which was 8% down on the 22nd. Today it’s up to $114, back to square one; that’s hardly “Mission Accomplished”.

Not quite sure what they were thinking, forget about the “allies”, America’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve is 270 million barrels, that’s 20-days pumping at full capacity for Saudi Arabia.

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Commodities

Monday, July 04, 2011

Mysterious Hidden Hand That Manipulates the Crude Oil Price / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleFirst impressions it looks suspiciously like the bold experiment to strut the power of USA as a player in the oil-price conundrum; looks set to be about as successful as the $4.7 trillion campaign to achieve, I still didn’t figure out quite what, in Iraq and Afghanistan….err…and perhaps Libya?

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Commodities

Monday, July 04, 2011

Crude Oil Price Could Double / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Tony_Caldaro

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWe have not written anything about the bull market in Crude since November. And that piece was more directed toward Natual Gas, which continues to drift along with a slight upward bias. We are not going to get into the fundamentals that are driving Crude prices higher; i.e. peak oil, quantitative easing, tax issues and simply growing energy demand from the emerging economies. This is more of a technical report using the principles of OEW with price and cycle analysis.

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Commodities

Friday, July 01, 2011

Lower Targets Open For Brent Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAn earlier fall in Brent Crude Prices in May found initial support from a 38.2% level. This has now come under pressure again, inviting calculation of lower targets.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 30, 2011

America’s Oil Supply: The Keystone for Survival / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Energy Report writes: A rancorous debate over TransCanada Corp.’s (T.TRP) proposed Keystone XL Pipeline has given rise to two uncomfortable prospects: If the US$7 billion project is not built, Alberta’s oil sands will become landlocked, at least for a while, and the United States will lose access to one of its few reliable, friendly sources of oil.

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Commodities

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Strategic Crude Oil Release Will Not Hurt Clean Energy Progress / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Jeb_Handwerger

The recent release of 60 million barrels of oil (OIL) will artificially lower the price. High oil prices has been the best catalyst for clean energy production and fuel efficient vehicles. Increasing the supply of oil may be pushing down the demand for rare earths(REMX), uranium(URA) and lithium(LIT) only short term. This decline in oil prices should not drastically hurt the development of rare earth assets outside China.

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Commodities

Monday, June 27, 2011

Towards And End To Crude Oil Price Speculation ? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs of the present we have a menacing but periodic slump in the upsurge of commodity prices, signalled by a slump in oil prices. This of course leads the bigger hedge fund strategists to predict a "V", betting on previous performance and drawing on the now conventional wisdom that oil is a scarce resource.

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Commodities

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Playing Cat and Mouse with Global Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil markets took another dose of global geopolitics this week when the International Energy Agency (IEA) unexpectedly announced that it would be releasing 60 million barrels of oil from strategic petroleum reserves (SPR) around the globe. Thursday’s surprise announcement gave oil prices a 4.5 percent hair cut and oil prices closed Friday at $91.25, down 20 percent from their April 29 peak.

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Commodities

Friday, June 24, 2011

Strategic Petroleum Reserves the New Global QE? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Ashraf_Laidi

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn order to understand the SPR release of 60 million barrels, we must go back to the November G20 meeting when Asia/Latam Emerging Markets protested against the Fed's November launch of QE2, dubbing it as beggar-they-neighbour USD depreciation.

It was no surprise that Bernanke did not dare utter the words QE3 on Wednesday's press conference. Yet, there was no need to refer to further easing when the FOMC already downgraded its growth outlook for the 3rd successive meeting.

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Commodities

Friday, June 17, 2011

Crude Oil Price Downward Pressure / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Frankly, there are so many cross-currents influencing the markets at any given time, uncertainty clearly has the upper hand -- even when we think that new information or decisions are alleviating some of the uncertainty.

Case in point:  crude oil prices.   Is downward pressure positive for equities (for obvious reasons: i.e., the consumer gets a "tax cut"), or negative because it might reflect a serious slow down in U.S. and global economic growth (read: China demand)?

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Crude Oil Futures Remain Under Pressure / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: LiveCharts

Crude oil futures remained under pressure on Monday and declined 2 percent as investors were uncertain about the upcoming US economic indicators. Crude oil futures contract for July delivery slipped 2 percent or $1.99 to $97.30 per barrel on New York Mercantile Exchange.

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Commodities

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Peak Oil – The Long & The Short / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: James_Quinn

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDoes it seem like we’ve been here before?

A barrel of Brent Crude (the truest indicator of worldwide oil scarcity) sits at $118, up from $75 per barrel in July 2010 – a 57% increase in eleven months. In the U.S., the average price of gasoline is $3.69 per gallon this week, up 37% in the last year and up 100% in the last 30 months.

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Commodities

Saturday, June 11, 2011

NYMEX Crooks (alleged) Crude Oil Futures Fake Out Scam / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: PhilStockWorld

Diamond Rated - Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe CROOKS (allegedly, just indictments so far) at the NYMEX are running a scam and they have NO INTENTION WHATSOEVER of accepting delivery of even 1/10th of the 367M barrels they had as open contracts last week. In fact, Wednesday (June 8) they traded their contracts 454,043 times - isn't that amazing?  It's a 123% daily churn rate!  Of course, it's easy to churn 454M barrels of crude because the only sucker that ends up paying for all those fees is YOU, the end consumer of crude.  All those fees are passed on to you as part of the price of oil.  

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Commodities

Friday, June 10, 2011

Why Crude Oil Prices Rise / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOne thing is sure: oil prices rise when they are not falling. There is an intermediate case: they stay flat, but that is not a trader-friendly situation, because making money from oil price speculation is only possible when prices change. The more they change, the more dosh can be made from organizing price dips and surges. Consequently, even the quickest glance of Nymex or ICE or Tocom (or any other oil market) prices shows one clear thing: they change.

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Commodities

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Crude Oil vs. Natural Gas, Which One is Wrong? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Willem_Weytjens

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWhen we have a look at Oil prices and Natural Gas Prices, we can see that both prices were highly correlated since at least 1994 until early 2009 (with 1 exception in 2001):

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Commodities

Sunday, June 05, 2011

Crude Oil and Gold Trading Insights / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Oil is again a leading asset for possible rapid price growth.
The reasons are however rather strange and sinister:  Wall Street is demanding higher prices, very especially by Goldman Sachs Group Inc which says the price should (it says "could") reach $ 130 a barrel quite soon. When Goldman Sachs talks this way only two things can happen: first the asset it fingered as certain or likely to rise will collapse in price, wrong-footing bets on what would happen.   Or the asset really does behave like Goldman Sachs said it should (or "could").

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Commodities

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Bearish Digestion Period for Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

My technicals keep warning me that crude oil hit a significant peak at $114.83 on May 2 and since then has embarked on a major correction that is only partially complete. In fact, all of the sideways, recovery action off of its May 6 corrective low at $94.63 represents a bearish rest-digestion period that should resolve itself to the downside in a plunge that projects to 90.00-86.00, and then to 80.00-78.00 thereafter.

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Commodities

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Investors Window of Opportunity For Big Crude Oil Profits / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Kent Moors, Ph.D. writes: The volatility in the oil market has notched up this week, courtesy of another bout with debt jitters in Europe. Oil and gasoline futures are moving down - and most of the energy sector along with them.

In a situation like the current European debt mess - where maximum uncertainty is channeled into a very focused concern - oil futures will generally overcompensate, exaggerating the downside.

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oil and Copper Prices Reflect Euro-zone Woes and Slowing Conditions in China / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Asha_Bangalore

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleOil prices have largely maintained a downward trend since the recent peak on April 29 ($113.93) and they are trading roughly 3.0% below the Friday close of $99.49 (Chart 1 data points end on May 20) as of this writing.  Copper prices also lost ground today from the $8,982 mark seen last Friday.

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Commodities

Monday, May 23, 2011

Bearish Outlook for Crude Oil / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Last Wednesday we told subscribers that the day's upmove in WTI crude oil futures from $95 to $101 was not the start of a new upleg. We noted that the pattern exhibited on the daily chart since the May 7 at $94.63 to Wednesday's high at $100.99 resembled a bear flag formation much more than a significant bottom. It had the look of a digestion-consolidation pattern in the lower quadrant of the larger downleg from May 2's $113.97.

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Commodities

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Three Reasons to Believe in Crude Oil $100 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAfter selling off nearly 14 percent the previous week, oil prices finished last week slightly higher at $99.65 per barrel. While the end result was a net positive, the volatility continued. Oil prices per barrel reached $104, then fell to around $96, before nesting just below $100.

As an investor, this volatility can be difficult to handle. Throw in the uncertainty of today’s geopolitical environment, and investors feel the need to downsize their positions in commodity investments, such as oil.

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Commodities

Friday, May 13, 2011

Crude Oil Is Going Down And Will Bottom in November 2011 / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is a continuation, after reflection, of an article posted last week which in turn was a reflection on an article posted two weeks ago, which said oil prices were likely to “reverse” sooner rather than later, (which turned out to have been pretty-much correct).

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Commodities

Friday, May 13, 2011

Crude Oil Slip Finds Temporary Support / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn recent issues of the Commodity Specialist Guide we had been noting possible bull fatigue in Brent Crude Oil. A sharp sell-off found temporary support from a 38.2% pullback level, but failure here would herald a more prolonged correction phase.

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Commodities

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Speculation Does Not Explain High Crude Oil and Gasoline Prices? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleWTI (West Texas Intermediate) Crude Oil futures traded at its lowest in almost two months in New York on Thursday, May 5 in its biggest selloff in two years, plunging 8.6% on the day to below the $100 mark (Fig. 1).  Brent crude on ICE also dropped as much as $12.17, or 10%, which was the largest in percentage terms not seen since the Lehman Brothers financial crisis, and the largest ever in absolute terms, according to FT.

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Commodities

Friday, May 06, 2011

Crude Oil Prices Reverse: Where Next? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Identifying bubbles is not (very) hard, what’s hard is predicting at what price and when they will pop. Two weeks ago I wrote an article titled “FAO Food Index Predicting a Reversal in Crude Oil Prices”.

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Commodities

Saturday, April 30, 2011

FAO Food Index Predicting A Reversal In Crude Oil Prices? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThis is a chart of oil prices (Nominal-Brent-30 Day Moving Average) superimposed on the FAO Food Price Index (Nominal).

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Commodities

Friday, April 22, 2011

What's Behind the Crude Oil Spike to $112 and Why There's More to Come / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKent Moors, Ph.D. writes: Crude oil prices rose for the third straight day yesterday (Thursday) - with more of the same to come.

West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for June delivery rose to $111.50 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange, and traded as high as $112.48, the highest intraday price since April 11. Crude prices are up by a full third so far this year.

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Crude Oil Price Battle of The Big Banks: Goldman v. BofA and Barclays / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleContinuing its downward shift from the week before, crude oil fell sharply on Monday, April 18 after S&P lowered its U.S. credit outlook to negative, and OPEC said high crude prices could pressure global economy.

ICE Brent crude for June fell $1.84 to settle at $121.61 a barrels, while WTI (West Texas Intermediate) for May delivery also fell $2.54 to settle at $107.12 on NYMEX. 

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Commodities

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

TALF Funded The Latest Oil Hijack: Time The Fed Ran The SPR? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_Butter

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleGoldman Sachs’ recent pronouncements on the price of oil (allegedly) caused a 6% drop. Apparently there is more to come?

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/04/12/us-goldman-brent-recommendation-idUSTRE73B3EN20110412

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Commodities

Friday, April 15, 2011

Correction Ended for Crude Oil and USO ETF / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

Despite commodity bashing by Goldman Sachs again this morning, oil prices remain relatively buoyant.

Right now my pattern and momentum work in the U.S. Oil Fund ETF (USO) indicate that a significant correction ended at Wednesday's low at 42.10. They also indicate that current strength represents the initiation of a new upleg in an incomplete larger bull move that projects to another new high in the days directly ahead.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crude Oil Near 3 Year High As Unrest Persists in the Middle East / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBy Marin Katusa, Casey Research : With the civil war in Libya now entering its third week, Egypt moving haltingly towards free elections, and hundreds dead in Syria, Yemen and Bahrain after a month of anti-government protests in each country, the Middle East is rife with instability. On Wednesday, April 6, that instability pushed the spot price of Brent oil above US$123 per barrel, a high not seen since August 2008 when prices were crashing from an all-time peak of US$147.50 on the eve of the financial crisis.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Crude Oil Set to Break $150 by Mid Summer / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJason Simpkins writes: Money Morning predicted in its 2011 Outlook series that oil prices would see $100 a barrel by summer. And that's proven to be true - but not entirely for the reasons we discussed.

In addition to the increased demand we talked about in January, violence in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) has driven oil prices into the stratosphere. The price of light, sweet crude climbed above $112 a barrel last week, up more than 22% from where it started the year.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

How to Profit if the Nigeria Elections Drive Up Oil Prices / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Jon D. Markman writes: Oil prices are on the rise for a bevy of reasons - soaring demand in emerging markets, the weak dollar, and a strengthening U.S. recovery, to name a few.

However, supply disruptions and civil unrest in the Middle East-North Africa (MENA) region in recent months have had the biggest impact on oil prices. Egypt, Libya and Yemen have all played a part in driving up oil prices, and now they're about to be joined by another volatile oil producer.

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Commodities

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Why High Crude Oil Prices Are Likely Here to Stay / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleA number of forces continued to push oil prices higher last week, reaching their highest levels in the U.S. since September 2008.

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Commodities

Monday, April 11, 2011

U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve: What’s the Trigger for Release? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleIn early March, White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley told NBC that the Administration was considering releasing oil from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR) if it deems the high oil prices would threaten the U.S. economic recovery.

President Obama, in a press conference on March 11, also reiterated that a plan to tap the SPR was "teed up" and said he would move quickly should ‘conditions’ worsen. However, the President refused to say what price could trigger a release.

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Commodities

Monday, April 11, 2011

Crude Oil Price Drivers  / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: John_Hampson

Best Financial Markets Analysis Article1. Developments in the Middle East and North Africa - A real supply loss in Libya and fear of supply loss elsewhere. The fear factor and uncertainty premium is likely to last all the way through to new elections, but intermittent 'good news' from the region should ease the oil price.

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Commodities

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Rally in UltraShort Crude Oil and Gas DUG ETF / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Mike_Paulenoff

The most recent downleg in the ProShares UltraShort Oil & Gas ETF (DUG) from 31.93 to 25.73 looks like a completed bearish structure. The fact that prices reversed sharply to the upside today after first hitting a new low suggests strongly that the DUG hit downside exhaustion at under 25.80 earlier today.

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Politics

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Obama's Empty Gas Tank / Politics / Crude Oil

By: OilPrice_Com

There is a piece of doggerel which goes:

They said it couldn't be done.
So I went right to it -- that thing they said
Couldn't be done.
And I couldn't do it.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Rising Crude Oil Prices, Is Yemen the Next Trigger? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleJon D. Markman writes: Crude oil futures spiked to a 30-month high on Monday - and crude prices have zoomed 19% so far this year - so it's no surprise that energy stocks have enjoyed one whale of a run.

Even so, energy stocks continue to top my list of favorite plays - and for one very good reason.

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Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Crude Oil Market Speculation Argument to be Tested by WTI Rollover Cycle / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe monthly roll cycle starts Tuesday April 5th for Crude Oil with the 4-day rolling of USO positions, the USO is an exchange traded security meant to track movements in the WTI futures contract. This happens over a four day period now from the 5th-8th of April, so that traders cannot easily front-run the rollover process.

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Politics

Monday, April 04, 2011

Speculators, Cartels and Myths of Scarcity: How War Pushes up the Price of Oil / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Global_Research

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleDean Henderson writes: Last week, as if to justify his Libyan crusade, President Obama echoed the prevailing “peak oil” myth, stating that “we must accept the new reality that from here on out, demand for oil will always exceed supply”.  It was music to the ears of the Rockefeller/Rothschild energy cartel and tax-dodger oil traders in Zug, Switzerland alike.  Both know full well that oil companies pay around $18/barrel to get crude out of the ground. 

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Sunday, April 03, 2011

Libya Oil Export Offline Indefinitely? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThere were some interesting developments coming out of Libya that It seems behind the scenes a transitional government is already being put in place, and contracts are being signed for the resumption and export of Oil to Libya`s trading partners.

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Revolution Or Evolution In The World Crude Oil Market? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleBob van der Valk writres: Time has not made much of a difference since 2008...at least in the price of crude.  The price for the U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil was $107 a barrel on September 28, 2008, vs. around $105 per barrel today. 

On the other hand, the average price at the pump was $2.57 a gallon then, compared with the average is $3.58 per gallon today.  The chart below shows the average price for the period from March 24, 2009 through March 24, 2011):

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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Crude Oil WTI Will be at $90 in a Month / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Dian_L_Chu

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe latest inventory report came out on Wednesday, March 30 from the U.S. EIA (Energy Information Administration) showing Cushing stocks at a record 41.9 million barrels (Fig. 1). And guess what? The news is only going to get worse for WTI longs, as the next couple of weeks will bring the total storage at Cushing close to the max capacity of 44 million barrels due to the fact that more traders took delivery on WTI (West Texas Intermediate) on the last CL rollover.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

The Fight Against Higher Oil Prices is Lost / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Money_Morning

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleKent Moors, Ph.D. writes: Information has surfaced that forces opposing Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi secured the major oil towns of Brega and Ras Lanuf (both port cities on the Mediterranean).

The Libyan rebels now control oil fields producing between 100,000 and 130,000 barrels a day, and they say that will quickly increase to 300,000, with exports renewing in a week. That higher figure would account for about 19% of daily exports from Libya before the unrest started.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

LIBYA: ‘V’ PROFILE COMING FOR OIL PRICES? / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Andrew_McKillop

Coalition bombing in Libya has transformed the prospects for embattled insurgents, now sweeping further and further west from their Benghazi stronghold. Likely ground support, or at least weapons supply and military specialist manpower from the coalition can speed the coming encirclement and defeat of the Gaddafi regime, in its Tripoli heartland.

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Politics

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Big Oil Versus The Dangers of Nuclear Power / Politics / Crude Oil

By: Eric_Walberg

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleAs oil prices soar and countries think twice about expanding nuclear power, we should be careful about where to point the finger, says Japan’s trauma following the partial meltdown of nuclear reactors in Fukushima has once again brought to the world’s attention the dangers of nuclear power. From the start, it was clear that a broad advocacy of nuclear energy is bad ecology. Splitting the atom (or worse, fusing atoms) unleashes intense heat and radiation and produces poisonous waste that lasts for up to 10,000 years or more

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Oil Sands Fueling the Future / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Marin_Katusa

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleMarin Katusa, Casey Energy Opportunities writes: For many years, trying to tap an oil sands deposit accomplished about as much as sipping molasses through a straw, but that is changing. So do oil sands companies make a good investment now?

Humans and bacteria share a surprising number of features, not least in what they consider good food. In general, the smaller and simpler the molecule, the easier it is to digest. So, about 50 million years ago, when and where bacteria had a chance to chow down on some of the rich hydrocarbons we call oil, one might expect them to start on the smaller, tidier mouthfuls, and indeed they did.

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Monday, March 21, 2011

Crude Oil’s Piracy Premium / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Frank_Holmes

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleHollywood pirates such as Jack Sparrow and Blackbeard are glorified characters among uncivilized peers, stealing from the rich and acquiring bounties of gold. While the adventures of these 19th century caricatures are entertaining, their 21st century descendants are a growing threat to a shipping industry responsible for nearly 80 percent of the world’s trade.

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Commodities

Friday, March 18, 2011

Crude Oil Underpinned Despite Weakness as the Only Alternative to Nuclear Power / Commodities / Crude Oil

By: Seven_Days_Ahead

Best Financial Markets Analysis ArticleThe recent rally in oil markets, driven by unrest in the Arab world, has paused in the aftermath of the Japanese natural disaster and possible and impending nuclear disaster. Traders are t