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  • Frontier Oil And Gas Play With Growth Potential

    Introduction Unlike some of its neighbors, Morocco is not a major producer of oil and gas. Next door, Algeria is a huge natural gas producer, the largest in Africa. It is also the continent’s second largest producer of oil. And its position on the Mediterranean provides it with great access to large markets. Through a series of pipelines, Algeria is a key supplier of natural gas to Europe, second only to Russia. But Morocco isn’t quite as well-endowed. Instead, Morocco is actually a net energy importer. The little bit of oil and gas that the country does produce is needed…

  • Global Energy Advisory – 3rd July 2015

    Politics, Geopolitics & ConflictEgyptWe are concerned about the potential fallout and wider implications of the assassination of a high-ranking Egyptian official, Prosecutor General Hisham Barakat, who was killed when a car bomb was detonated next to his motorcade in Cairo's Heliopolis district on Monday. Barakat is the highest-ranking government official to be assassinated in the past two years. This is a major show of force by unknown militants, and the security response will be heavy-handed. Two days later, militants launched a major strike in the Sinai Peninsula to mark the anniversary of Egypt’s military coup. Investors should be aware that…

  • Short-Sellers Beware This Coming Week

    August Crude Oil futures finished lower last week for a number of reasons. The market started the week under pressure and never looked back. The catalyst at the start of the week was the uncertainty about the financial crisis in Greece. The initial reaction by investors was not caused by the usual supply and demand factors per se, but by investors moving money out of risky assets.On Monday, the Greek government confirmed it wouldn’t be able to make its monthly loan repayment to the International Monetary Fund by the deadline on Tuesday, June 30. This action moved Greece closer to…

  • Russia Taking Full Advantage Of Greek Crisis

    With Greece’s debt situation spiraling downwards, the European project is showing some cracks. The July 5 referendum could amount to a vote on whether or not Greece stays in the euro.In the meantime, the turmoil offers an opportunity for Russia to advance its interests. Of course, the EU is an absolutely critical trading partner for Russia, so if the bloc starts to fray at the seams, that presents financial risks to an already struggling Russian economy. Russia’s central bank governor Elvira Nabiulllina warned in June of the brewing threat that a Greek default would have on Russia. “We do consider…

  • This Week In Energy: Top 4 Reasons Oil Prices Are Heading Back Down

    The big news from the U.S. this week was new data that showed that the weekly rig count…actually increased. That’s right, after 29 consecutive weeks of rig count declines, the industry may have finally hit bottom and could be on its way back. For the first time in seven months the U.S. saw additional rigs added into operations. Baker Hughes reported that an additional 12 oil rigs came into service for the week ending on July 2, although natural gas rigs declined by 9, for a net gain of 3 rigs.The data is evidence of ongoing efficiency gains and resilience…

  • U.S. And Cuba Open Relations, But Offshore Resources Still Disputed

    Today, an empty flagpole stands outside the Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., but that will change on July 20, when Cuba and the United States open reciprocal embassies in Washington and Havana. Because the Cuban government will continue to occupy its historic embassy building in the Adams Morgan neighborhood, the only obvious change on July 20 will be the new Cuban flag flying outside. And, in what promises to be an historic visit, Secretary of State John Kerry will fly down to Havana himself and raise the American flag over the U.S. embassy, making him the highest ranking U.S.…

  • This Could Be A Good Moment To Buy Natural Gas Stocks

    In the last month or so a kind of stealth move has been taking place in an unlikely energy commodity.  Natural gas, the poster child for overproduction last year as energy prices collapsed seems to have found a bottom. Indeed, if price action is to be believed it is even possible that we are witnessing the beginning of a significant rally in the commodity. Of most interest to investors though is that as gas begins to edge upwards, stocks in the industry are still under pressure.There is a perfectly logical explanation for that, and it is a product of a…

  • Bearish News For Oil Growing By The Day

    Oil hit its lowest point in two months on July 1, falling on a combination of market turmoil and bearish oil figures. WTI dipped below $57 and Brent dropped to around $62 per barrel, breaking out of a narrow range within which the two benchmarks have been trading for several months. The ongoing crisis in Greece is weighing on global markets. The Greek government has called a referendum set for July 5th that will largely test the Greek public’s desire to endure more austerity or else risk a more uncertain path. Greece’s creditors have declined to negotiate an extension of…

  • Saudi And Qatari Energy Companies Look Abroad For Growth

    The Middle Eastern oil and gas empire is undergoing dramatic change as the two biggest petroleum companies, Saudi Aramco and Qatar Petroleum are aiming to expand overseas in a bid to increase their global presence and increase competition with the world’s other oil majors. Qatar Petroleum – Focus on production Qatar is one of the smallest contributing members of OPEC and its oil revenues have seen a sharp drop in last two years. Qatar is also the largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) exporter in the world and Qatar Petroleum, the state owned petroleum company, is the largest global producer of…

  • New Silk Road A Disaster Waiting To Happen?

    For much of the last fifteen years, Chinese growth has been a source of hope across Asia. Now that growth is slowing and China appears to be hitting some significant turbulence in its effort to shift its economy from an investment-focus to a consumption-focus. To help combat this emerging economic stagnation, China is turning to external investments and trade. China’s goal is to avoid a fate similar to Japan, which saw stagnation in the 1980s from which it never fully recovered. At the center of China’s strategic plan is the “Silk Road,” a collection of more than 300 investment projects…

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