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Energy / Oil Prices

Stock Prices, Economic Data Buffet Crude Oil Futures in Lackluster Trading

Jul 18, 2010 at 14:18 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 07/12/2010 to 07/16/2010 An unexpectedly sharp drop in a key consumer confidence index sent stocks plummeting on Friday and drove down prices for crude oil futures…

Crude Oil Tracks Stocks Upwards to Close Week Above $76 a Barrel

Jul 10, 2010 at 04:46 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 07/05/2010 to 07/09/2010. Crude oil futures finished the week on a positive note, tracking stocks upward after hitting the low for a month earlier in the…

Tropical Storm Threat Propels Oil Prices to Gain for the Week

Jun 27, 2010 at 21:23 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 06/21/2010 to 06/25/2010 Crude oil prices surged ahead more than 3% on Friday as the first Atlantic tropical storm of the season began brewing in the…

Crude Oil Holds on to Week’s Gains After High Inventories Threaten Rally

Jun 18, 2010 at 17:31 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 06/14/2010 to 06/18/2010. Crude oil futures held on to strong gains for the week in lackluster Friday trading, after higher-than-expected inventories earlier in the week threatened…

Will Iranian Sanctions Hit Oil Prices?

Jun 15, 2010 at 12:07 | Geoffrey Styles

Wednesday's UN Security Council vote on a further round of sanctions on Iran merits attention. While the U.S. and its key allies were able to get a somewhat diluted slate…

Oil Price Rally Stumbles Friday on Negative Economic News

Jun 11, 2010 at 16:40 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 06/07/2010 to 06/11/2010. After clawing its way back above $75 a barrel on Thursday for the first time in four weeks, the benchmark oil futures contract…

China’s Excess Refining Capacity Affecting Domestic Oil Prices

Jun 06, 2010 at 11:41 | Michael Economides

China, which has struggled in recent years to keep up with booming domestic demand for oil products, may soon have a major excess in refining capacity. In 2009, the country…

Crude Oil Prices Remain Under Pressure After Dipping Below $70 a Barrel in Week

May 21, 2010 at 17:35 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 05/17/2010 to 05/21/2010 Crude oil prices ended just above $70 a barrel on Friday after dipping below that threshold earlier in the week. The benchmark June…

Psychological Plunge in Oil Prices Makes OPEC Nervous, Official Says

May 18, 2010 at 22:27 | Darrell Delamaide

The plunge in oil prices in the wake of the euro crisis has OPEC worried. Qatar oil minister Abdullah bin Hamad Al Attiyah emerged as an unofficial spokesman for the…

Oil Prices Drop Further in Week as Euro’s Travails Continue

May 14, 2010 at 16:47 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary from: 05/10/2010 to 05/14/2010 Crude oil prices plunged nearly 4% on Friday and were off almost 20% from their 18-month high less than two weeks ago, as…

An Update to the Oil "Head-Fake" Scenario

May 14, 2010 at 10:59 | Charles Hugh Smith

With the world teetering on the edge of another global financial meltdown, it's a good time to revisit my May 2008 Oil "Head-Fake" Scenario. In May 2008 I proposed the…

Cheap Oil: The Engine of America

May 13, 2010 at 11:42 | Charles Hugh Smith

The foundation of the American lifestyle and economy is cheap oil. Remove that prop and every aspect of that lifestyle becomes questionable. Not to sound too cinematic, but everywhere I…

How to avoid Oil Price Volatility

May 13, 2010 at 08:41 | Energy Tribune

From 1949 until 1973, the average annual price of oil fluctuated within a 7% band, but from 1981 through 2009 the variation leapt to almost 10 times that amount. A…

Crude Oil Plunges as Turbulence Rocks Financial Markets

May 07, 2010 at 16:35 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for: 03/05/2010 to 07/05/2010 In a week of market turmoil resulting from Greece’s fiscal crisis, oil went from an intraday high above $87 on Monday – its…

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…

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