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Matt Smith


Contributor since: 17 Oct 2012

Matt Smith

Taking a voyage across the world of energy with ClipperData’s Director of Commodity Research. Follow on Twitter @ClipperData, @mattvsmith01

Latest articles from Matt

  • Oil Bounces On Iranian Rhetoric

    Published 23 August 2016 | viewed 13,938 times

    Oh good. It's only the second day of selling after the recent rampant rally, and yet we are already hearing renewed rhetoric from key producers.…

  • 'Epic' Oil Rally Reverses On Diminishing Supply Outages

    Published 22 August 2016 | viewed 9,168 times

    The recent oil rally is finally hitting the brakes, with prices retracing today on supply developments relating to Iraq and Nigeria, while vehement short-covering has…

  • Crude Stabilizes After 6 Day Rally

    Published 19 August 2016 | viewed 7,036 times

    As we truck on into the weekend, oil has turned lower after six consecutive days of rallying. (Only another 5.5 weeks until potential freeze talks…

  • Oil Enters Bull Market Amid Output Freeze Talk

    Published 18 August 2016 | viewed 11,105 times

    Another day, another dollar (rally in oil prices). The tag-team of dollar weakness and production freeze hopes combine again to rally crude prices higher for…

  • Oil Rallies On, Ignoring Saudi Production Claims

    Published 17 August 2016 | viewed 16,531 times

    Today's weekly EIA inventory report has provided a very (very) welcome distraction from the production freeze jawboning. A solid draw to crude stocks, helped in…

  • Oil Maintains Gains As Traders Remain Hopeful Of OPEC Action

    Published 16 August 2016 | viewed 9,811 times

    After what feels like 23 days of rallying amid conflicting commentary from various key global producers about a potential production freeze, prices have hit the…

  • Soaring OPEC Exports Can’t Keep Oil From Rallying

    Published 15 August 2016 | viewed 11,036 times

    Oil is carrying on where it left off last week, rallying higher on the low likelihood event of a production freeze by key global producers.…

  • Oil Extends Gains On Weaker Dollar

    Published 12 August 2016 | viewed 6,148 times

    With a weaker dollar in cahoots with ongoing hope spurred on by OPEC murmurs and rumors, crude is ripping higher into the weekend. Hark, here…

  • Oil Up 4% On Saudi Rhetoric

    Published 11 August 2016 | viewed 28,008 times

    Actions speak louder than words. Nope, strike that and reverse it. Rhetoric from Saudi’s oil minister today is emphatically rallying crude prices, as Khalid al-Falih…

  • Oil Prices Take A Hit As Saudis Report Record Production

    Published 10 August 2016 | viewed 19,636 times

    The wind has been taken out of the sails of today’s crude rally by a super-sized Saudi production number from the monthly OPEC report, in…

  • OPEC Rumors Continue To Support Oil Prices

    Published 09 August 2016 | viewed 26,416 times

    As the latest inventory report comes back into focus, and as OPEC murmurs and rumors persist, oil prices are rallying once more – further aided…

  • Bout Of Short Covering Propels Oil Prices

    Published 08 August 2016 | viewed 12,674 times

    As renewed rumors and murmurs rise up of another OPEC production freeze meeting, it is having the desired effect that certain OPEC members would want:…

  • Oil Reverses As Dollar Spikes On Strong Job Report

    Published 05 August 2016 | viewed 8,879 times

    Welcome to another Nonfarm Friday! As job creation last month was much better than consensus (255,000 jobs created versus 180,000 expected, with an upward revision…

  • $40 Is A Trampoline For Oil Prices Once More

    Published 04 August 2016 | viewed 12,639 times

    As crude hopscotches back above the $40 level, it is once again being used as a trampoline, propelling prices higher. Despite the Bank of Blighty…

  • Crude Holding Around $40 On Bullish EIA Data

    Published 03 August 2016 | viewed 9,805 times

    Crude is rebounding today after the EIA reported a moderate build to crude inventories, but a quite unexpected and significant draw to gasoline inventories, pushing…

  • Crude Holds At $40 On Weaker Dollar

    Published 02 August 2016 | viewed 6,958 times

    After dipping briefly into thirty-dollardom yesterday, WTI is now using the $40 level as a trampoline. It is managing to muster a bounce today amid…

  • Oil Flirts With Bear Market As Short Positions Surge Most In 10 Years Time

    Published 01 August 2016 | viewed 21,918 times

    A new week, a new month, a new sell-off. Crude prices are charging lower to start the week as a plethora of bearish indicators emerge…

  • Oil Reverses As Buyers Enter The Market

    Published 29 July 2016 | viewed 8,981 times

    A weaker U.S. dollar is once again wafting smelling salts under the nose of the crude market, and this time it appears to be working.…

  • Oil Heads Lower For Sixth Day In A Row

    Published 28 July 2016 | viewed 8,469 times

    Despite a weakening U.S. dollar wafting smelling salts under the nose of the crude market, prices are still unable to pick themselves up off the…

  • Oil Extends Losses As EIA Reports Filling Inventories

    Published 27 July 2016 | viewed 10,225 times

    As the latest weekly inventory report from the EIA shows builds to both crude and gasoline, prices have reversed course and are charging lower. Hark,…

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