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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 Falls As OPEC Euphoria Abates

    Published 07 December 2016 | viewed 21,040 times

    As the meeting of NOPEC fast approaches this weekend, the mood in the oil market has shifted from euphoria to skepticism, as questions remain around…

  • Oil Dips – Is This The End Of The OPEC Rally?

    Published 06 December 2016 | viewed 13,302 times

    The crude complex is finally taking a breather after the recent OPEC-sponsored rally. We're now faced with the juxtapositioning of rising OPEC output versus promised…

  • Strong Buying Continues To Fuel Oil Rally

    Published 05 December 2016 | viewed 15,255 times

    It is International Ninja Day, and oil is stealthily climbing higher to another daily gain. As OPEC optimism abounds, prices push higher for a fourth…

  • After Rallying 14%, Can Oil Go Even Higher?

    Published 02 December 2016 | viewed 35,288 times

    As oil pauses for breath, so can we. After a hectic week, prices are ticking slightly higher into the weekend after a positive U.S. employment…

  • Asian Crude Markets On Edge As OPEC Meets

    Published 29 November 2016 | viewed 7,902 times

    The gloves are off in Vienna and OPEC members are trading verbal blows about what they will or won't do in relation to production cuts.…

  • Oil Stages Comeback As OPEC Heavyweights Remain Optimistic

    Published 28 November 2016 | viewed 13,715 times

    We have a week which starts with cartel controversy, and concludes with Nonfarm Friday. Somewhere inbetwixt, we get the small matter of an OPEC meeting…

  • Oil Rises On EIA Data Despite OPEC Deal Doubts

    Published 23 November 2016 | viewed 9,197 times

      Happy Thanksgiving Eve! A fairly neutral EIA report - tilted a wee bit bullish for crude, bearish for the products - has been a…

  • Oil Prices Fall From Fresh Highs As OPEC Talks Hit A Snag

    Published 22 November 2016 | viewed 13,647 times

    And it is Groundhog Day again, as the OPEC rumor-mill gets cranked up once more. Fortunately we get the welcome distraction of an inventory report…

  • Oil Prices Move Higher As OPEC Optimism Increases

    Published 21 November 2016 | viewed 22,875 times

    As OPEC optimism continues to grow, and as the dollar eases lower, crude is moving higher today in this holiday-shortened week (woot woot!). Hark, here…

  • Venezuela’s Oil Industry To Receive Another Shot In The Arm From China

    Published 18 November 2016 | viewed 18,242 times

    As the U.S. dollar climbs higher and higher (and higher), the crude complex is getting blown over by the gale-force headwinds it is providing. We…

  • Oil Prices Slightly Up On OPEC Optimism

    Published 17 November 2016 | viewed 12,955 times

    Crude is pushing higher, fanned by OPEC production cut hopes, but kept somewhat in check by rampant US dollar strength on the back of positive…

  • Oil Sinks Back After Key OPEC Members Turn Down Invitation For Doha Meeting

    Published 16 November 2016 | viewed 23,712 times

    Oil rallied this morning for a second consecutive day, despite a bearish-tilted EIA report. But fell in the late morning as more weight is placed…

  • Oil Rallies On Renewed OPEC Cut Hopes

    Published 15 November 2016 | viewed 12,808 times

    After a strong sell-off in recent days, option expiry combines with OPEC cut expectations to emphatically rally prices on this third Tuesday in November. Hark,…

  • Oil Prices Tumble As Dollar Reaches One Year High

    Published 14 November 2016 | viewed 16,662 times

    As the U.S. dollar pushes on to the highest level in a year, crude is correspondingly getting crushed today. While some may suspect the oil…

  • Oil Tanks As Iran 'Claims' To Have Ramped Up Oil Production

    Published 11 November 2016 | viewed 16,929 times

    Happy Friday! What a tumultuous week it has been (the first day seemed like a week, and the second day seemed like five days). The…

  • Oil Prices Slip On Bearish IEA Report

    Published 10 November 2016 | viewed 11,973 times

    It is national forget-me-not day, something it is impossible to do with OPEC amid an onslaught of monthly oil reports. Today's bearish-tilted monthly report from…

  • Oil Gains After Extremely Volatile 24 Hours

    Published 09 November 2016 | viewed 14,087 times

    Things come in threes, so after the unexpected Brexit result earlier in the year, and Donald Trump's surprise election victory overnight, it would appear we…

  • OPEC’s Gloomy Long-Term Outlook For Oil Markets

    Published 08 November 2016 | viewed 14,019 times

    Given the election is dominating much of the movement in markets today, and given the timely release of OPEC's World Oil Outlook, today's post digs…

  • OPEC Continues To Accelerate Output (Before Hitting The Brakes?)

    Published 07 November 2016 | viewed 11,582 times

    Prices are trying to clamber higher today amid promises from OPEC that a production cut is on the cards, while battling against the gale-force headwinds…

  • Debunking The Massive EIA Crude Build

    Published 03 November 2016 | viewed 26,928 times

    Yesterday’s weekly EIA inventory report showed a 14.4 million-barrel build to oil inventories, the largest since weekly records began in 1982. Here at ClipperData, we…

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