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U.S. Oil Companies See Production Decline

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1. Gold rally comes to “explosive end”

- The gold rally came to an “explosive end” this week, as Commerzbank described it. Gold lost 6 percent on Tuesday, the largest single-day loss since 2013.

- Silver prices plunged by 15 percent, the largest decline since 2008.

- But the rally may not entirely be over. After a historic bust in 2013, “it took nearly seven years for prices to regain their previous levels,” Commerzbank said. “No such prolonged period is likely this time, however.”

- The reason is that the fundamentals favor gold and silver – negative real interest rates, an unprecedented increase in the money supply and skyrocketing debt. The chance of an interest rate increase in the near-future is nil.

2. U.S. oil production declines from a few companies

- The U.S. accounted for 30 percent of the global quarter-on-quarter decline in oil output in Q2, with production falling by 2.36 mb/d, according to Standard Chartered.

- But the bulk of U.S. oil production declines has come from a surprisingly small number of companies. “50% of the decline in the sample came from the first 3 companies and 80% of the decline from the first 10,” Standard Chartered said.

- The top 3 include EOG Resources (NYSE: EOG), ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) and Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR).

- With companies bringing supply back online, U.S. liquids output could rise by 425,000 bpd in the third quarter, the bank said. Still, that only…





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