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Finance / the Markets

Seismic Activity in Japanese Commodity Markets

Feb 26, 2010 at 01:58 | Dave Forest

There has been some unusual action on the Japanese commodities markets that demands a comment. I mentioned earlier this week that over the last two weeks the Japanese have revved…

Analysts Remain Bullish on Schlumberger After Bid for Smith International

Feb 25, 2010 at 19:30 | Darrell Delamaide

Although shares of oilfield services giant Schlumberger (SLB) took a hit after the company announced an $11 billion takeover bid for rival Smith International (SII) on Sunday, many analysts remain…

Peak Oil and the Investment Landscape: A Look at the Potential Winners and Losers

Feb 19, 2010 at 15:45 | Business Insider

Last month, I explained in an article how and why the world is approaching a worldwide peak in oil production sometime in the next decade. Although…

US Energy Security Placed at risk as Oil & Gas Companies are Penalised by Obama Administration

Feb 19, 2010 at 15:39 | John Interval

The Obama Administration is currently pursuing a misguided and dangerous war on the oil and natural gas industry, blaming it for not doing enough to curb greenhouse gas emissions.  Not…

Libya Courting Oil & Gas Investors but Faces a Tough Sell Following Recent Government Fiascos

Feb 18, 2010 at 12:38 | Fawzia Sheikh

The Libyan government has been sounding off lately about boosting the profile of its oil and gas market, but it’s questionable whether international companies will ignore the government’s missteps in…

Crude oil prices drop as investors seek safe haven in the U.S. dollar

Feb 05, 2010 at 22:26 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 02/01/2010 to 02/05/2010. After starting the week on a firmer note, oil prices fell sharply toward the end of the week in a general market sell-off…

Oil Futures Plunge, Bond Markets Vote America (Alert)

Feb 05, 2010 at 17:53 | Dave Forest

February 5, 2010. Statsweeper registered alerts across the entire WTI oil futures complex yesterday. Prices fell dramatically, with all six of the nearest contracts down over…

Government Intent on Curbing Speculation and Contract Ownership in Energy Markets

Feb 03, 2010 at 05:37 | Editorial Dept

Increasingly, it would seem the government is intent on curbing speculation and contract ownership of core commodities.  Starting last summer, the Commodities Futures Trading Commission, or CFTC, began to debate…

Quick Take of the Markets Today

Jan 26, 2010 at 16:39 | Editorial Dept

U.S. markets calmed Monday on good earnings news but Asian markets remained roiled overnight, down about 2 percent across the region. The Yen rose, reflecting a flight to safety as…

Get Ready, A Major Change Has Hit

Jan 25, 2010 at 14:44 | Graham Summers

Let’s talk about sentiment. Last week was the worst market week since March 2009. Similarly, the three-day decline from Wednesday through Friday was the worst three days since March 2009.…

Is the Market Flashing a "Sell" Signal

Jan 19, 2010 at 17:51 | Graham Summers

Is the Market Flashing a “Sell” Signal?Friday’s decline has got a lot of commentators asserting that the official top is in for the rally that started March 2009. The…

A Limp Oil World

Jan 11, 2010 at 14:42 | Dave Forest

China was the savior of commodities the past year. And a particularly hot spot today. China's customs agency released some impressive trade numbers. December exports were up 17.7% year-on-year. Imports…

Liquidity Problems - Two Major Miners Run out of Cash

Jan 04, 2010 at 18:02 | Dave Forest

It's been awhile since we heard the phrase "liquidity problems". In October 2008, you couldn't set browser on internet without hearing about liquidity problems somewhere. During the financial crisis, cash…

How to Guarantee Success - Why Mexico Hedged it’s 2010 Oil Production at $57 per barrel

Dec 11, 2009 at 18:46 | Dave Forest

A lot has been made this week of news that Mexico hedged the bulk of its 2010 oil production at $57 per barrel. Several analysts chalked this up to a…

The Hot Money Likes Commodities These Days

Dec 10, 2009 at 21:24 | Dave Forest

Inflows of speculative investment money into gold, copper and oil continue unabated and the numbers are staggering. I wrote a few months back about investment inflows into commodities setting a…

Interdependence, Integration and Investment:The Ineluctable Need to Find New Emerging Oil Players

Nov 03, 2009 at 21:57 | Philip H. de Leon

In October 2009, Nobuo Tanaka, Executive Director of the International Energy Agency (IEA), who was presenting at the International Energy Week and at the Oil Congress held in Moscow, predicted…

How Long Can The Gold Bull Keep On Charging?

Nov 02, 2009 at 19:10 | Editorial Dept

Most financial experts going on record these days seem to agree with the assertion that, at least for now, wise investors in the winter months of 2009 and heading into…

Are we at the Start of Another Commodity Boom? According to Jim Rogers we are

Oct 29, 2009 at 20:28 | Editorial Dept

There are very few guarantees in the world of investment, especially at a time when so many national economies are in a current state of flux and seizure, which in…

How to Speculate in the Energy Markets: Crude Oil Traders have Options

Oct 28, 2009 at 16:30 | Carley Garner

Crude oil is among the most notorious commodity markets but is also among the most treacherous.  Nonetheless, speculators are drawn toward the leverage and volatility provided in this trading arena...and…

WHERE DO THE OIL & REFINING STOCKS GO FROM HERE?

Oct 20, 2009 at 15:12 | Bernie Mitchell

AN ANALYSIS USING FIBONACCI IMPULSE STRATEGIES.XLESince breaking below our long term "89" line more than a year ago, the XLE made a strong move above the…

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