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Why Saudi and US Attempts to Influence Oil Prices are Ineffective

Why Saudi and US Attempts to Influence Oil Prices are Ineffective

Mar 26, 2012 at 17:25 | Kurt Cobb

If you have the power and the desire to bring down oil prices, the best way to proceed is to start bringing them down. The easiest and fastest method would…

Crude Oil Analysis for the Week of March 26, 2012

Crude Oil Analysis for the Week of March 26, 2012

Mar 25, 2012 at 10:15 | FX Empire

After failing to pierce the previous week’s low at $104.29, May Crude Oil made a low at $104.50 and proceeded to rally sharply higher. The market still closed lower for…

Crude Oil Analysis for the Week of March 19, 2012

Crude Oil Analysis for the Week of March 19, 2012

Mar 19, 2012 at 16:41 | FX Empire

May Crude Oil finished the week with a slight gain. It was a quiet week with the market showing a bias to the downside until Friday when prices surged, taking…

The Global Economy is Now More Vulnerable to Oil Prices than Ever

The Global Economy is Now More Vulnerable to Oil Prices than Ever

Mar 14, 2012 at 17:36 | The Oil Drum

This paper examines the impact of oil price changes on global economic growth. Unlike some recent studies, this paper finds that oil price rises have had significant negative impacts on…

Crisis in Libya Shows the Effects of Production Downtimes

Crisis in Libya Shows the Effects of Production Downtimes

Mar 13, 2012 at 17:55 | Ronald Stoeferle

The spill-over of the political revolutions from the neighbouring countries to Libya and the resulting civil war have highlighted the threat caused by production downtimes in politically unstable countries. Although…

An Austrian School Of Economics Perspective

An Austrian School Of Economics Perspective

Mar 13, 2012 at 14:04 | Ronald Stoeferle

The Austrian School provides a new angle on the development of the oil price. We already discussed the oil price development from the perspective of the Austrian School of Economics…

Economic Consequences of the High Oil Price

Economic Consequences of the High Oil Price

Mar 12, 2012 at 17:38 | Ronald Stoeferle

The average January petrol price in the US set a new all-time-high. The high petrol price acts like an additional tax for US consumers. An increase of 10 cents per…

Does the Skyscraper Index Signal a Weaker Oil Price?

Does the Skyscraper Index Signal a Weaker Oil Price?

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:33 | Ronald Stoeferle

“The construction of skyscrapers that qualify as the “World’s Tallest Building” tends to coincide with major downturns in the economy” Mark Thornton The “skyscraper index” is a reliable warning signal…

Crude Oil Market Analysis for the Week of March 12, 2012

Crude Oil Market Analysis for the Week of March 12, 2012

Mar 11, 2012 at 11:18 | FX Empire

May Crude Oil futures posted a modest gain last week with better-than-expected U.S. economic news the catalyst behind the move. The market started out weak as follow-through selling fueled by…

Don't Factor Syrian Oil into Market Jitters

Don't Factor Syrian Oil into Market Jitters

Mar 08, 2012 at 17:01 | Daniel J. Graeber

Conflicts in the Middle East and North Africa are likely dragging on broader economic recovery as oil prices move to relative highs. In Syria, any recovery in oil production will…

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