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Detailed Commentary on the Current Price of Oil

Apr 09, 2011 at 08:17 | Professor Chris Rhodes

Political tensions in the Middle East once again remind us of the fragile dependency of the Western nations on imported petroleum, which have driven the price of a barrel of…

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Are Corn Prices Indicating that $140 Brent Crude is on the Way?

Apr 08, 2011 at 10:17 | Bruce Krasting

Good article on corn this morning by Smart Money Europe (Zero Hedge link). The bottom line is that corn is sitting at a two year high. Reading SME you…

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WTI April Rollover Cycle to Test Oil Speculators

Apr 07, 2011 at 06:53 | Dian L. Chu

The United States Oil Fund (USO), and exchange traded fund (ETF) tracking the performance of WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil futures contract, starts its 4-day position rolling on Tuesday,…

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USA to Sue OPEC Members over High Oil Prices

Apr 06, 2011 at 20:49 | Bruce Krasting

High grade crude for gulf delivery hit the highest price since the spring of 2008 this morning. This is the raw material for gasoline, so look for another big spike…

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High Oil Prices Leading to More Energy Options

Apr 04, 2011 at 01:35 | Al Fin

For the US, the huge and growing alternative to crude oil is Canada's oil sands. New mines and refineries are being installed in Canada, and new pipelines are being built…

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Cushing Storage Maxed Out: U.S. Crude Oil To Hit $90 in a Month

Apr 01, 2011 at 04:44 | Dian L. Chu

Crude oil prices have been seesawing between the news coming out of Libya and rising inventories in the U.S.  Crude oil stocks at Cushing, Oklahoma rose to a record 41.9…

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Oil Price Shocks and Monetary Policy

Mar 28, 2011 at 03:24 | Ed Dolan

Inflation rates are rising in the world's major economies. The consumer price index rose by half a percent in the United States in February, equivalent to an annual rate of…

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A Look at the Connection Between Oil Price Shocks and Recessions

Mar 21, 2011 at 10:15 | Gail Tverberg

I want to bring to the attention of readers a recent paper by James Hamilton, called Historical Oil Shocks (also here as a National Bureau of Economic Research…

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High Commodity Prices and, in Particular, High Oil Prices are Deflationary

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:48 | Kurt Cobb

As the European Central Bank (ECB) prepares to raise interest rates to prevent inflation, the bank cites rising commodity prices, particularly oil prices, as a sign of that inflation. What…

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Oil Price Development from the Perspective of the Austrian School of Economics

Mar 16, 2011 at 09:15 | Ronald Stoeferle

Austrian School opens up new angle on oil price development. In our Oil Report 2010 we analysed the development of the oil price for the investors for the first time…

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