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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

  • Chinese Demand Is Weakening For These Key Commodities

    Published 30 October 2015 | viewed 8,697 times

    On the 70th birthday of the Fonz (aka Henry Winkler), commodities are trying to stay cool amid a bearish barrage of news.We have had Q3…

  • Oil Majors’ Earnings Highlight Wider Industry Woes

    Published 29 October 2015 | viewed 7,923 times

    Three hundred and ninety-seven years after Sir Walter Raleigh was beheaded, and crude prices are getting the chop once more. After yesterday’s Federal Reserve FOMC…

  • Oil Markets Await Fed’s Decision This Afternoon

    Published 28 October 2015 | viewed 6,165 times

    In honor of Cleo Laine’s 88th birthday, the crude market is swingin’ away today, trying to shimmy away from a two-month low. After a turbulent…

  • Ten Key Market Indicators This Week

    Published 27 October 2015 | viewed 5,461 times

    There are so many things to bring to your attention this morning that I had to number ‘em all. So henceforth, here are 10 things…

  • Oil Prices Cut Off At The Knees By Inventory Build

    Published 26 October 2015 | viewed 7,516 times

    The crude complex is already in the mood for Halloween later this week, spooked once again on what would have been Jackie Coogan’s 101st birthday.…

  • Soaring U.S. Dollar Sees Crude Tumbling Again

    Published 23 October 2015 | viewed 7,269 times

    In honor of what would have been Johnny Carson’s 90th birthday, the oil market is full of chatter to finish the week. We’ve had a…

  • Bargain Hunters Stop The Freefall In Oil Prices, For Now

    Published 22 October 2015 | viewed 9,179 times

    Two hundred and eighteen years after the first recorded parachute jump, and the crude complex has pulled the ripcord on its recent free-fall. After three…

  • Oil Glut Appears To Be Getting Worse, Not Better

    Published 21 October 2015 | viewed 18,934 times

    Back in the spring, oil prices plunged to 7-year lows amid fears that U.S. inventories were going to fill to the brim. As we all…

  • Oil Markets Trying To Muster A Bounce Ahead Of OPEC Meeting

    Published 20 October 2015 | viewed 8,503 times

    On the day that Tom Petty turns sixty-five, the crude complex is trying to rebound after yesterday’s bout of free fallin’. Things are pretty thin…

  • Saudi Oil Inventories Reach Record High As Demand Wanes

    Published 19 October 2015 | viewed 7,675 times

    Forty-eight years to the day after Smokey Robinson and the Miracles released ‘I Second that Emotion‘, and oil services company, Halliburton, is echoing this sentiment.…

  • Oman Invited To The Table At Next Week’s OPEC Meeting

    Published 16 October 2015 | viewed 7,371 times

    Two hundred and twenty-two years after the death of Marie Antoinette, and the crude complex is trying not to lose its head. After a week…

  • U.S. Crude Inventory Build Stuns Oil Markets

    Published 15 October 2015 | viewed 8,430 times

    One hundred and seventy-one years after the birth of Nietzsche, and oil prices are gazing into the abyss. For yesterday’s weekly API report yielded a…

  • Weak Economic Data Hamstrings Oil Rally

    Published 14 October 2015 | viewed 4,952 times

    One-hundred-and-twenty-one years after the birth of E.E. Cummings, and the crude complex is just like one of his poems – undecided about where it is…

  • IEA Predicts A Dip In Crude Demand Growth Next Year

    Published 13 October 2015 | viewed 3,961 times

    Thirty-five years to the day after AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black‘ went platinum, and storm clouds are returning to darken financial markets once more. Jumping right…

  • OPEC Thinks Oil Prices Have Bottomed

    Published 12 October 2015 | viewed 7,203 times

    Happy Columbus Day! While most markets are open in the U.S., our friends in the North are closed today to celebrate Thanksgiving, while both Japanese…

  • Strong Rally In Global Equities To End The Week

    Published 09 October 2015 | viewed 5,176 times

    With a hat-tip to birthday boy Scott Bakula, risk-on markets have made a quantum leap higher this week, and are continuing this trend today. Broader…

  • Highly Bearish Outlook For U.S. Natural Gas

    Published 08 October 2015 | viewed 8,324 times

    Goodness, gracious! ‘Great Balls of Fire‘ was recorded some 58 years ago today, and is an apt way to describe the 8-14 day outlook from…

  • The Numbers Behind The Current Oil Rally

    Published 07 October 2015 | viewed 7,406 times

    Given it is such a colorful day in markets today, let’s do some painting by numbers to get a more complete picture of what is…

  • Did OPEC Just Call Time On The Price War?

    Published 06 October 2015 | viewed 11,163 times

    Thirty-seven years to the day after Benny and Frida from ABBA were married, and the recurring theme of ‘the winner takes it all‘ emerges once…

  • Latest Saudi Move Indicates Waning Crude Oil Demand

    Published 05 October 2015 | viewed 8,023 times

    To celebrate Kate Winslet’s 40th birthday, there is a titanic shift underway as markets rally strongly to start the week. Although Chinese markets are closed…

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