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Dan Dicker

Dan Dicker

Dan Dicker is a 25 year veteran of the New York Mercantile Exchange where he traded crude oil, natural gas, unleaded gasoline and heating oil…

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The Coming Super Spike in Oil Prices

In 2005, Goldman Sachs oil analyst Arjun Murti wrote of an oil “super spike”, with prices reaching $200 a barrel.  Murti was amazingly prophetic with that call, as oil topped $147 a barrel in 2008 and would likely have made his predicted $200 had the general economy not suffered an historic meltdown.

Now I am seeing another opportunity for $200 oil, even though the current oil market looks more ready to drop to $75 first.  It might do that, but then I can see the coming of the next major oil “spike” – and I’m also looking for at least a $150 target.  

What inspired the first ‘super spike’ in 2008 was both fundamental – the new appetite for energy from the emerging markets of China and India, but moreover financial – the new drive for investment in oil, a phenomenon I outlined in my book “Oil’s Endless Bid”.  

What will inspire this next one is somewhat different.  Let’s take 2007.  EM countries did create a rapidly increasing demand for oil barrels.  But what we also even more significantly had was a rapidly expanding demand for financial oil barrels -- for investment – that I posited entirely outraced the fundamentals.

Today, we have global energy demand that similarly continues to increase, but it is accompanied by a global risk of supply disruption greater than any I have ever seen in 25 years – and an almost certain lack of production growth in the future.

Let’s forget the United States for the moment, where it’s been supposed that the supply…




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