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Energy / Oil Prices

As Oil Drops below $100 Motorists Wonder When Gas Prices Will Fall

As Oil Drops below $100 Motorists Wonder When Gas Prices Will Fall

May 06, 2011 at 10:50 | Economywatch

Who says miracles can’t happen? After four straight days of steady decline, crude oil prices finally plummeted by nearly 9 percent on Thursday to US$99.80 a barrel – the first…

Will Politicians Listen to the Message Being Delivered by High Oil Prices

Will Politicians Listen to the Message Being Delivered by High Oil Prices

May 05, 2011 at 09:34 | Dave Summers

If you read many of the pieces I write here you will soon notice that I am convinced that this country, and most of the civilized world, has a problem…

The Indirect Effects of High Oil Prices

The Indirect Effects of High Oil Prices

Apr 28, 2011 at 07:44 | 4xp

Rising oil prices usually promote a negative reaction from most people. While there are definite disadvantages to high oil prices, there are some indirect effects that aren’t necessarily good or…

Gloves Are Off as Big Banks Disagree on Oil Price Outlook

Gloves Are Off as Big Banks Disagree on Oil Price Outlook

Apr 20, 2011 at 08:35 | Dian L. Chu

Goldman Sachs surprised the market when the investment bank advised its clients on Monday, April 11 to liquidate the "CCCP basket" for a 25% profit.  The bear call was partly…

A Possible Solution to Sudden Oil Price Spikes

A Possible Solution to Sudden Oil Price Spikes

Apr 19, 2011 at 08:24 | Robert Rapier

One of my recent essays discussed the relationship between high oil prices and recession. Consumers who suddenly find themselves paying more for fuel are hit with the equivalent of…

Differences in the Price of Oil: Brent-WTI Spread

Differences in the Price of Oil: Brent-WTI Spread

Apr 19, 2011 at 07:51 | James Hamilton

The puzzling differential between the price of oil in different markets seems to be persisting. For most of the last decade, there was very little difference between the price of…

Expect Wide Swings in Oil Prices and Increasing Volatility

Expect Wide Swings in Oil Prices and Increasing Volatility

Apr 14, 2011 at 08:16 | Charles Hugh Smith

The reasons for oil to keep rising are well known--perhaps too well known. Let's look at some charts to illustrate the swirling currents in the global oil market. Why do…

Are High Oil Prices Due to Fundamentals or Speculation - Part 2

Are High Oil Prices Due to Fundamentals or Speculation - Part 2

Apr 13, 2011 at 09:08 | Stuart Burns

Not all commentators are convinced the speed of oil price rises or the heights to which they have risen are purely down to fundamentals. Since 2003 the value of the…

Oil Price and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Oil Price and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve

Apr 12, 2011 at 08:35 | Dian L. Chu

At a press conference on March 11, President Obama indicated that a plan was 'teed up', and that he would move quickly to tap the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR), if…

The Vicious Circle of Oil Price Induced Recessions

The Vicious Circle of Oil Price Induced Recessions

Apr 12, 2011 at 08:18 | Robert Rapier

Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich recently warned that the U.S. is likely headed back into recession: The Economic Truth That Nobody Will Admit: We’re Heading Back Toward a…

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