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Energy / Crude Oil

Articles and research looking into crude oil, whether it be exploration and refining - crude oil price movements or new crude oil extraction techniques. we have it covered here. Look at our energy section for more fossil fuel coverage.

  • Iraqi Oil Sector Shrugs Off ISIS Threat

    With major setbacks in the fight against ISIS in Iraq, the Obama administration has been faced with questions about its strategy. Rather than making progress as pacifying extremist militants, the conflict appears to only be deepening. But what is remarkable is how little the crisis is affecting Iraq’s oil sector. Iraq has succeeded in steadily boosting oil output. However, the best is yet to come. Related: Could The New Silk Road End Old Geopolitical Tensions? June could be a milestone month for the war-torn country. While unconfirmed at this point, Bloomberg reported that shipping data suggests Iraq could dramatically increase oil exports…

  • We May Not See Arctic Oil For Decades

    Shell’s Arctic campaign this year will be pivotal. If the company cannot find large reserves of oil, it will likely set back Arctic oil development for a generation. The Financial Times reported that Royal Dutch Shell will not see Arctic oil come online anytime soon, even in the best of scenarios. Even Shell officials think that the oil major will not be able to see Arctic oil hit the market until sometime in the 2030s. Related: Shell Approval May Trigger Resource Race In The Arctic There are a few reasons for this. Finding and developing offshore oil can typically take around…

  • The Oil Glut is Not Real

    As it appears GDP will be seasonally adjusted again, I find myself wondering just one thing: why? Earlier GDP figures showed the US economy on the brink of recession for the first two quarters of this year. Now, with more fudging going on, who knows what it will show. The government appears to be following the Hollywood mantra: if you can bend perception enough, it will become reality. Look no further than the Federal Reserve, which continues to raise expectations of higher interest rates in the second half of this year, in hopes of inducing faster growth. Related: Is This The…

  • Oil Still At Risk Of Geopolitical Turmoil

    There is no shortage of surprises in the world of oil. Nobody anticipated the rush of oil supplies that would come online in such a short time from US shale over the last few years. The unexpected surge in supplies led to the crash in prices. But surprises can go in the other direction. They normally take the form of an unanticipated geopolitical conflict. And despite the ongoing surplus in oil output, supply disruptions are taking their toll on production around the world. Related: Top 4 Oil Companies For Dividend Investors Let’s take a look a few recent incidents. In the…

  • Texas Floods Affect Some Oil Wells, Refineries Mostly Unaffected

    More than a dozen people were killed as massive rain storms hit Texas, flooding large swathes of land across much of the state. The storms first hit central Texas and Oklahoma, but moved on to Houston by mid-week. At least 15 people died. The NBA’s Houston Rockets played a playoff basketball game on May 25 and fans were asked to stay in the arena after the conclusion of the game because the storms were so severe. Some fans even spent the night in the arena. Related: Oil Industry Can No Longer Ignore Climate Action The floods also impacted the state’s oil…

  • Top 4 Oil Companies For Dividend Investors

    Investing in the energy industry right now can be scary. On the one hand, oil prices have been extremely volatile and look likely to stay that way. On the other hand, while clean energy, especially wind power, is growing rapidly, valuations are astronomical and, for income-focused investors there are few good options.With that in mind, investors looking for income in energy have little choice but to turn to the safest conventional energy play available; oil majors. Companies like ExxonMobil and Royal Dutch Shell have been around for decades, so regardless of what happens to oil prices, these firms have the…

  • Exxon Setting Its Sights On Iranian Oil Fields

    The deadline for a comprehensive deal between Iran and the P5+1 nations is quickly approaching, with the outcome no more certain than it was a few months ago.Negotiators are keeping their progress close to the vest, letting out very few details on where they are going with the talks. Hungry for intelligence, Bloomberg reported that ExxonMobil hired an outside lobbying firm to track any activity related to sanctions on Iran.Related: China To Create An Oil Supermajor Twice The Size Of Exxon?The oil giant emphasized that it is not lobbying the US government on removing sanctions on Iran, but there is no…

  • China To Create An Oil Supermajor Twice The Size Of Exxon?

    China, the fourth largest oil producer in the world (behind the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia) is undoubtedly one of the biggest stakeholders in the global oil and gas markets. Low oil prices and slowing domestic economic growth have compelled the second biggest global consumer of oil to accelerate its economic reforms.In an interesting move that can be seen as a part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s ongoing efforts to reform China’s bloated energy sector, the Chinese government is reportedly planning to separate the $300 billion pipeline assets from its biggest state owned energy companies - PetroChina and Sinopec. Why spin…

  • What Does Exxon Know That We Don’t?

    Forecasts from the IEA and Goldman Sachs this week are trying to say that crude barrels are still overpriced – but the market isn’t listening. I’ve been convinced that crude prices above $60 are counterproductive as Goldman said in their recent note – but other factors are continuing to help push prices higher. Let’s take a closer look and see what’s going on – and what might go on in the near future. Some short-term fundamentals continue to push traders into long positions in oil. I’ve been among the first to point out the large outflows of capital from just…

  • Drilling Efficiency To Keep Oil Prices Low

    Economics 101 tells us that prices in a free market are set by the interaction of supply and demand. The world oil markets have gotten a graphic lesson in that truth over the last year, as the dramatic surge in US oil production has met stagnant demand. This, in turn, has pushed down spot prices by nearly half. The recent uptick in oil prices, however, has buoyed hopes among market watchers that a strong oil price rally is in order. Unfortunately economics is working against these investors. Related: $50 Billion Mega Project Could Change South America Forever Gasoline demand is starting…