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Energy / Oil Prices

Economic Data, Oil Spill Push Crude Prices Higher at End of Week

Apr 30, 2010 at 16:26 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for: 04/26/2010 to 04/30/2010 Stubbornly high crude oil inventories continued to stymie bulls through the middle of the week, but the market seized on positive economic data…

Speculation Affects Oil Prices but New CFTC Limits May Not Stop It, Survey Finds

Apr 28, 2010 at 08:43 | Darrell Delamaide

Almost three-quarters of top oil industry participants surveyed by Reuters feel that financial speculation contributes to oil price volatility, but many of them think new regulations to curb speculation may…

Is Gasoline Set to Double in Price? Why do So Few People Seem to Care

Apr 25, 2010 at 19:00 | Charles Hugh Smith

Human beings resist change until there is no other choice, and then they adapt and habituate rather quickly. Human beings are remarkably adept at short-sightedness and denial. 100,000 years of…

U.S. Housing Data Spurs Late Gains in Oil Prices after Mixed Week

Apr 22, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/19/2010 to 04/23/2010. After languishing most of the week, crude oil prices galloped to the finish line on Friday, tacking on 1.7% and recouping most of…

Is Crude Oil Set for a Price Spike?

Apr 17, 2010 at 19:00 | Dian L. Chu

Crude futures ended at their lowest point this month Friday, as investors fled riskier assets after regulators charged Goldman Sachs with fraud. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for May delivery…

SEC Charge Against Goldman has Volcanic Impact on Energy Markets

Apr 15, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/12/2010 to 04/16/2010. Oil prices plunged on Friday after the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission charged Goldman Sachs with fraud in its marketing of certain subprime…

Do Rising Oil Prices Threaten the Economic Recovery?

Apr 11, 2010 at 19:00 | James Hamilton

Ten of the 11 recessions in the United States since World War II have been preceded by a sharp increase in the price of crude petroleum. Oil had been…

High Inventories Keep Crude Oil Prices from Advancing on Week

Apr 08, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 04/05/2010 to 04/09/2010. Crude oil prices ended the week virtually unchanged from a week ago as optimism about demand warred with trepidation about historically high inventories…

Crude Prices Surge in Week, but Jobless Figures May Dampen Rise

Apr 02, 2010 at 19:00 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/29/2010 to 04/02/2010 In a week shortened by a holiday, crude oil futures reached an 18-month high, but U.S. jobless data released on Friday while commodities…

Good Day for Oil and Gas Companies as US East Coast Officially Opens for Drilling

Apr 02, 2010 at 14:33 | Dave Forest

On wednesday, the Obama administration announced comprehensive new regulations on offshore oil and gas drilling. Potentially opening some significant new acreage previously off limits to the petroleum industry. Under the…

OPEC Adding to Capacity Amid Concern Supply will Dampen Oil Prices

Mar 31, 2010 at 15:15 | Darrell Delamaide

OPEC member countries have resumed work on 35 new projects that will increase production capacity by 5 million barrels a day, adding to concerns that the increasing world capacity will…

Flaws in Weekly EIA Inventory Reports

Mar 26, 2010 at 00:09 | Editorial Dept

"The numbers in this report can't be right -- and yet the market is reacting to them!" -- there's a complaint we've heard so many times about USDA reports, but…

Oxford Study Sparks New Round of "Peak Oil" Debate

Mar 24, 2010 at 16:38 | Darrell Delamaide

The debate about “peak oil” flared up again following a new report from Oxford University claiming that conventional oil reserves are inflated by a third and that added reserves from…

Politics and Peak Energy - Have we Reached the Tipping Point?

Mar 22, 2010 at 23:36 | John Howe

Economic success, growth, and an affluent (happy) consumer lifestyle directly depend on an abundance of inexpensive energy. Conversely, the quantity and type of energy consumed can have a very adverse…

The U.S. No Longer Controls the Price of Oil in a Peak Oil World

Mar 20, 2010 at 16:01 | Business Insider

Back in the days when US oil demand controlled the price of oil, a massive recession in the United States would have sent oil to 12.00 dollars a barrel. That…

Happy 50th Anniversary Year OPEC

Mar 18, 2010 at 16:04 | Ferdinand E. Banks

On September 14, 1960 OPEC began operations as an ad-hoc talk-shop of sorts, and five years later became a permanent part of Vienna’s international bureaucracy.  I have decided to send…

Crude Prices Stagnate Amid Doubts About Global Demand

Mar 12, 2010 at 23:40 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary 03/08/2010 to 03/12/2010. Crude oil prices tread water for the week as uncertainty about demand continued to weigh on the market. Prices were down slightly on the…

There Will be No Economic Recovery as the Era of Cheap Oil Comes to an End

Mar 09, 2010 at 02:09 | Business Insider

a href="http://www.businessinsider.com"> When oil crossed $120 a barrel for the first time in May 2008, oil cornucopians knew they were in trouble. Prices had quadrupled in just five years, yet…

Iraq Awards Drilling Contract as it Reaches for Ambitious Oil Production Target

Mar 02, 2010 at 13:47 | Darrell Delamaide

Iraq announced a $318 million contract with a unit of Turkish Petroleum to drill 45 wells in the supergiant Rumaila oilfield as the country strives to regain and even surpass…

One Night Stand Pricing

Feb 25, 2010 at 02:32 | Dave Forest

What's more important: upside or stability? That debate constantly rages amongst commodities producers. Especially when it comes to deciding whether to sell gold, copper or oil at spot versus long-term…

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