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Finance / the Markets

The Trouble With Bonds

Mar 19, 2010 at 14:28 | Charles Hugh Smith

The U.S. deficit and the Treasury bonds which must be sold to fund it are beyond comprehension. The trouble with bonds (the U.S. Treasury variety, among others) is simple: there's…

Fate of Foreign Oil Investors In Limbo Amid Ghana-Cote d'Ivoire Border Dispute

Mar 18, 2010 at 16:07 | Fawzia Sheikh

A maritime boundary dispute between Ghana and Côte d’Ivoire that erupted this month casts doubt on future international oil claims near the contested area and raises questions about the reaction…

The Stock Market As Propaganda

Mar 16, 2010 at 18:47 | Charles Hugh Smith

Since 91% of stocks are owned by the Plutocracy, the much-ballyhooed rise in the stock market as proof the recession is over is perception management/ propaganda. The 75%…

Shipping Indices Highlight a Potential Commodities Sell Off

Mar 12, 2010 at 15:34 | Dave Forest

The China Containerized Freight Index has bee-lined upward in 2010. The index tracks shipping prices for goods sailing from China to 11 different regions around the world. Between January…

What is the Biggest Question in the Markets Right Now?

Mar 11, 2010 at 15:24 | Christopher Laird

Now that the S&P rallied over 60 pct since last March 2009, and pretty much all other markets except housing and real estate have also rallied (anything connected to financial…

A Bull Market Requires a Healthy Consumer Underneath

Mar 09, 2010 at 15:26 | Michael Pento

A year ago this week the stock market hit its nefarious 666 level on the S&P 500. Since that historic day, we have enjoyed a 68% appreciation in equities from…

U.S. Jobs Data Propels Crude Oil Above $80 a Barrel

Mar 05, 2010 at 22:52 | Darrell Delamaide

Oil Market Summary for 03/01/2010 to 03/05/2010. Jobs data indicating that U.S. economic recovery might be picking up steam finally pushed crude oil futures decisively over the stubborn $80 a…

Chinese Shipping Indices go Ballistic as Wave of Exports Leave China

Mar 01, 2010 at 16:48 | Dave Forest

There are a lot of ships sailing around China these days. As I've discussed several times over the past weeks, Chinese shipping indices have gone ballistic. The China Containerized Freight…

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…

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