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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

  • Russian Economy In Dire Straits As Chinese Demand For Oil & Gas Slows

    Published 03 September 2015 | viewed 14,685 times

    As opposed to the usual free-form structure, let’s do some painting by numbers to color in the backdrop for today’s market currents. Henceforth, five observations…

  • Oil Prices Might Dip Over This Bearish News

    Published 02 September 2015 | viewed 7,089 times

    Once again, the API has put the cat among the pigeons ahead of the weekly EIA inventory report. Prices had already spent yesterday getting stomped…

  • Oil Prices Tank Over Mediocre Chinese Economic Data

    Published 01 September 2015 | viewed 11,166 times

    Suckerpinch, suckerpunch, for the first day of the month. We kick off September carrying the baggage that we picked up last month – that of…

  • Could Oil Sink Below $40 Per Barrel Again?

    Published 31 August 2015 | viewed 12,080 times

    Arightee folks, this week is set to be a scream (R.I.P. Wes Craven) as we shimmy from August into September (hark, 114 shopping days until…

  • Can Oil Continue To Rally Like This?

    Published 28 August 2015 | viewed 15,238 times

    On this final Friday in August, the crude complex is looking lower into the weekend after yesterday’s nutty 10% rally. The rollercoaster ride across financial…

  • Is This The Beginning Of A Longer Oil Price Rally?

    Published 27 August 2015 | viewed 11,350 times

    To celebrate Pee Wee Herman’s 63rd birthday, markets are having their own big adventure today. Overnight equity markets have been racing higher, catching up with…

  • Just How Important Is China In The Commodities Markets?

    Published 26 August 2015 | viewed 7,383 times

    After last week’s EIA inventory report yielded a lower refining/higher imports-sponsored build to crude stocks, last night’s 7.3 million barrel drop from the API report…

  • Oil Prices See A Modest Rebound As Some Bullish Signals Appear

    Published 25 August 2015 | viewed 8,521 times

    Forty years to the day after Bruce Springsteen’s third album was released, and markets do indeed seem born to run today. Although the Chinese stock…

  • Merciless Market Rout Drags Oil Further Down

    Published 24 August 2015 | viewed 6,034 times

    Not a lot going on this morning, except for the small matter of a bloodbath of epic proportions across global markets. After US equity markets…

  • Commodity Markets In Distress As Oil Rout Continues

    Published 21 August 2015 | viewed 8,701 times

    One hundred and eleven years after the birth of Count Basie, and the ongoing rout in the crude complex is in full swing today. Downhill…

  • Supply, Demand Equilibrium Further Away Than Ever Before

    Published 20 August 2015 | viewed 9,857 times

    Yesterday’s 2.6 million barrel build to crude stocks from the US weekly inventory report has has sucker-punched oil prices lower once more. A drop in…

  • More Rotten News For The Commodities Markets

    Published 18 August 2015 | viewed 11,135 times

    There is a familiar feeling about today, as economic woes have clobbered the Chinese stock market overnight (hark, down 6.2%). Heavy selling ensued into the…

  • August Is Unlikely To See A Recovery In Oil Prices

    Published 17 August 2015 | viewed 6,956 times

    As we charge into the second half of August, the crude complex is continuing to charge lower. Things are pretty quiet on the economic data…

  • What A Nuclear Restart Means For Japanese Oil Demand

    Published 15 August 2015 | viewed 6,520 times

    With so much focus on the level of Chinese oil imports, impending U.S. LNG exports, and India’s rising coal consumption, it goes somewhat by the…

  • A September To Remember?

    Published 14 August 2015 | viewed 7,066 times

    And the crude complex is like a bruised prize fighter this morning, trying to get up off the canvas after being knocked down once again.…

  • Canadian Oil Benchmark Falls Off A Cliff

    Published 13 August 2015 | viewed 8,505 times

    Third time is a charm as China has reset its currency peg for a third day on the trot. The law of diminishing returns means…

  • Will A Possible Interest Rate Increase Hit Energy Markets?

    Published 11 August 2015 | viewed 7,092 times

    Part of life is accepting your shortcomings, and trying to move beyond them. For example, I have had to come to terms with the fact…

  • Jumping The Shark In A Sluggish Energy Market

    Published 24 July 2015 | viewed 6,739 times

    To be honest, I had not heard of the phrase ‘Jumping The Shark‘ until recently (I’m not talking about surfer Mick Fanning either). It’s not…

  • China’s Appetite For Light Crude On The Rise

    Published 16 July 2015 | viewed 7,324 times

    It appears to be a conundrum worthy of the attention of Fred, Daphne, and Velma (complete with Shaggy and Scooby to solve it), as contrasting…

  • Dodging The Export Ban: U.S Condensates Export Flourishes

    Published 09 July 2015 | viewed 10,079 times

    After already writing about Indiana Jones this week, and kicking off this post with an homage to The A-Team’s Hannibal (George Peppard, of course), you…

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