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  • Now Is Not The Time For Bottom Picking

    Greece is the watchword for investors this week and commodities have taken a back seat – but is that the smart way to watch what unfolds in the Euro zone? Indeed, commodities can give us even greater insight into the future of the European Union and perhaps the investment palette that awaits us whether or not the Greek credit crisis is resolved or not. I’m talking about a generalized deflationary trend that has overcome commodities precisely at the same time that the Federal Reserve is looking to begin to normalize rates and the EU monetary and credit issues that have…

  • Sell Tesla (TSLA) to Buy it Later

    As I search through financial markets looking for opportunities to write about, I am frequently reminded that trading and investing are two very different things that demand two very different approaches. Trading is short term and involves spotting when something has momentum, or has gone too far in one direction. What that thing is and whether it has any value over time is basically irrelevant. Investing, on the other hand, involves a judgment about the long term viability and prospects of what you are buying. They are, as I said, different disciplines, but once you understand that difference it is…

  • 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…

  • Oil Prices And Producers Trapped In Limbo

    Crude oil has hovered near $60 a barrel since May, a useless price for investors. This uneasy equilibrium needs to be broken before any good can be done trading in the energy space. My thoughts have been that oil must drop back down towards the lows established earlier this year, but indeed, oil has shown amazing resilience to the fundamentals driving it down. But until it moves decisively one way or the other, there’s nothing worth trading. Oil has seemed to have plenty of reasons to drop back towards $50 a barrel, since rallying from lows in the $40’s in…

  • A Rare Opportunity For Yield And Growth

    When the whole energy sector was being hit hard at the end of last year, as oil prices collapsed, it became clear that at some point consolidation was inevitable. Heavily indebted companies needed cash as the potential cash flow from investments sunk which created an opportunity for those with the room and the guts to take big risks. Given that environment, the number of actual buyout deals announced in the oil and gas industry so far has been quite low. What there has been, though, is a significant amount of transfers of individual assets, as companies look to raise cash…

  • The Last Great Unexplored Oil Frontier

    Introduction Australia is emerging as a massive producer of liquefied natural gas (LNG). Several large and high-profile LNG export terminals are scheduled to be completed over the next few years, boosting Australia’s production and export of the liquefied fuel. Australia has long been an exporter of other natural resources, most notably coal, iron ore, and gold. But Australia has been a small player when it comes to oil production, with output less than half a million barrels per day. That could change with the exploration of the Great Australian Bight, a scenic stretch of sea cliffs along Australia’s southern coast.…

  • Global Energy Advisory – 26th June 2015

    Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict Greece on the Brink The back and forth between Europe and Greece over the past few weeks is reaching its denouement. Earlier this week it appeared as if Greece and its European overlords – EU member states led by Germany, the European Central Bank, and the International Monetary Fund – were close to a deal. But in the last few hours things have taken a gloomy turn. After several days in which many insiders and analysts insisted that a deal was “very close,” they have failed to find common ground. And in the last 24 hours,…

  • Downside Bias Emerging In Crude Futures

    August crude oil futures are set to finish the week lower after an earlier rally failed to draw enough long interest to drive the market away from the retracement zone that has been providing resistance for several weeks. A close below this area on Friday will set a bearish tone for next week. This could create enough downside momentum to trigger a break into the last main bottom at $56.88. A trade through this bottom will turn the main trend to down. (Click to enlarge)The main range is $48.71 to $64.12. If the selling pressure is strong enough to take…

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