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Energy / Oil Prices

Will Oil Price Increases Trigger the Next Recession?

Mar 10, 2011 at 11:23 | Ronald Stoeferle

The following chart illustrates the global economic slump in 2008. The Baltic Dry index is the benchmark index for global freight rates of bulk goods (among others iron ore, copper,…

Why Oil Will Peak on Friday

Mar 08, 2011 at 14:52 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Texas tea has undergone the perfect storm over the past month, with the Middle Eastern dominoes falling one by one. It was the worst case scenario times five, and all…

Oil Prices are Heading Higher as Middle East Troubles are Far From Over

Mar 08, 2011 at 07:32 | Cumberland Advisors

“there’s so much unrest that one can actually sense or imagine unknown nano-particles of rage colliding in mid-air...”  (Source: a private person who screens Middle East media for me and…

The Largest Risk to the US Economy Today is an Oil Shock – Awareness of this Risk is Minimal

Mar 07, 2011 at 09:47 | Gail Tverberg

Steve Kopits, Managing Director of Douglas-Westood consulting firm, made a presentation called “Oil, the Economy, and Policy” to the US House of Representatives Energy Subcommittee recently that I thought was…

Obama Attempting to Talk Down High Oil Prices

Mar 07, 2011 at 08:49 | Top Stock Portfolios

Civil war in Libya. A regime change in Egypt. Growing unrest in Bahrain and Yemen. Protests in Iran. And growing anxiety over the contagion of civil uprising in places like…

Could a Variable Oil Tax Make this the Last Oil Price Shock?

Mar 03, 2011 at 09:24 | Ed Dolan

It must be Groundhog Day. Events in Libya have pushed world oil prices over $100 a barrel yet again. Retail gasoline prices, usually low this time of year, are at…

Crude Oil Price Hits $120

Mar 02, 2011 at 14:12 | Bruce Krasting

Crude oil from the “light end of the barrel” hit $120 this morning. Forget what Bernanke and the MSM are telling you. They keep showing the WTI price. Even supposedly…

At Least One Eurozone Country Will Default if Brent Crude Rises to $150 a Barrel

Mar 02, 2011 at 10:06 | Business Insider

If the price of Brent crude oil surges to $150 a barrel, one eurozone country will default and the whole region will fall into recession, according to Marie Diron of…

$100 Oil and the Economy – Is the Worst Behind Us?

Mar 02, 2011 at 08:17 | Cumberland Advisors

Some folks look at the $100 oil price and conclude that it has stabilized and that everything will be OK.  They argue one can now sell the oil stocks and…

High Oil Prices and Recessions

Feb 28, 2011 at 07:53 | Gail Tverberg

The idea that high oil prices cause recessions shouldn’t be any surprise those who have been following my writings, or those of Dave Murphy, or those of Jeff Rubin. Yesterday,…

How Would the Economy be Affected by $100 Oil?

Feb 28, 2011 at 07:41 | Business Insider

Oil has crossed the $100 threshold a couple times in the last day or so, but there’s still a lot of confusion over what that means. To be sure, predicting…

Don’t Compare the Current Oil Situation to $140 Oil in 2008

Feb 26, 2011 at 12:52 | Hidden Levers

There’s been too much cacophony about the Libya unrest.  Rather than be beholden to the sensationalist financial media and just fear monger over Oil prices, it’s a better idea to…

Nomura: $220 Oil Possible if Libya and Algeria Halt Oil Production

Feb 24, 2011 at 07:51 | Joe Weisenthal

Forget the biggies. If just Algeria and Libya were forced to stop production, oil could rocket to $220.That's according to Nomura (via ZeroHedge): We have identified three distinct…

The True Cost of High Oil

Feb 23, 2011 at 22:27 | Mad Hedge Fund Trader

Economists are furiously downsizing their economic growth forecasts for 2011 in the wake of the oil price spike, both for the US and for the world at large. Since last…

Why are WTI and Brent Prices so Different?

Feb 22, 2011 at 09:53 | Gail Tverberg

We have all heard at least a partial explanation as to why West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent prices are so far apart. We have been told that the Midwest…

What Would Higher Oil and Gasoline Prices do to the Recovery?

Feb 08, 2011 at 07:33 | Joe Weisenthal

Honestly, oil prices have been moored to around $90 for so long, we're kind of giving up on the whole $100 barrel idea, but obviously a lot of folks think…

Oil Price Could Doom Obama

Jan 31, 2011 at 07:55 | Llewellyn King

Like death and taxes, the price of oil is always with us. And like taxes, it may be President Barack Obama’s worst nightmare at election time next year. Among forecasters,…

A Recent History of Oil Prices ... History About to Repeat Itself?

Jan 22, 2011 at 09:27 | Professor Chris Rhodes

The price of oil has oscillated from an all-time hike of almost $150 a barrel to a low of $30, hand in hand with the credit-crunch and the inextricable economic…

Rising Oil Prices and Municipal Bond Defaults

Jan 17, 2011 at 08:43 | Gail Tverberg

I have written quite often saying that rising oil prices can be expected to lead to debt defaults. For a while, some of this was hidden through lower oil prices…

The Dangerous Bubble in Commodity and Oil Prices

Jan 07, 2011 at 08:56 | Al Fin

Right now, the printing of trillions of dollars by the Federal Reserve is creating another financial bubble. It is supported only by deficit spending, borrowing, and money-printing. Nothing else is…

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