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Ross McCracken

Contributor since: 09 Nov 2018

Ross McCracken

Ross is an energy analyst, writer and consultant who was previously the Managing Editor of Platts Energy Economist

Latest articles from Ross

  • Why Isn’t Winter Pushing LNG Prices Higher?

    Published 13 November 2019 | viewed 11,317 times

    Spot LNG prices in Asia-Pacific are hovering around the $6/MMBtu level at a time when seasonal winter demand usually pushes them higher. The reason is…

  • Can Saudi Arabia Hold OPEC+ Together?

    Published 06 November 2019 | viewed 6,247 times

    The descent of choking smog on New Delhi in the last week cannot help but refocus India’s political attention on the contribution of coal-fired plants…

  • Are Oil Markets About To Turn?

    Published 30 October 2019 | viewed 20,607 times

    Brent crude climbed back above $62/barrel in intraday trade toward the end of October, before heading back down again, owing to concerns about weak Chinese…

  • What Will It Take For Oil Prices To Rise?

    Published 23 October 2019 | viewed 10,436 times

    Economic doom and gloom remain the order of the day, so little wonder that hedge funds and other money managers spent the last week of…

  • Why Don’t We Fight Wars Over Carrots?

    Published 16 October 2019 | viewed 4,506 times

    What are the geopolitics of carrots? It’s an odd question to ask, but one posed by veteran oil analyst Professor Paul Stevens at the LNGgc…

  • A Long-Term Crisis Looms For Oil

    Published 09 October 2019 | viewed 9,152 times

    The US oil rig count continues to drop, falling by 3 to 710 for the week ending October 4, according to Baker Hughes data. It…

  • A Crisis Looms Over U.S. LNG

    Published 02 October 2019 | viewed 8,413 times

    Trade talks between the US and China are expected to resume in October, but US LNG producers can already count the cost of earlier failed…

  • The Oil Market’s Achilles Heel

    Published 25 September 2019 | viewed 3,937 times

    Oil prices have fallen back from their immediate highs following the attacks on Saudi Arabian oil processing and production facilities earlier in September. Nerves have…

  • Provocation And Response: A Gulf War In The Making?

    Published 18 September 2019 | viewed 5,143 times

    Drone strikes September 14 on Saudi Arabian oil facilities have disrupted 5.7 million b/d of the country’s crude oil and gas production, representing more than…

  • Oil Demand Destruction: A Trade War Reality

    Published 11 September 2019 | viewed 4,586 times

    Chinese-US trade figures in August came in well below expectations illustrating the negative impact of the ongoing trade war. Chinese exports to the US in…

  • What Is Saudi Arabia’s Best Oil Strategy?

    Published 04 September 2019 | viewed 5,756 times

    There appears to be little appetite amongst OPEC members and Russia for further production cuts, despite the gradual slide in oil prices. Russia is reported…

  • Why Shell’s Natural Gas Bet Will Pay Off

    Published 28 August 2019 | viewed 10,933 times

    Anglo-Dutch Shell announced an A$617 million ($418 million) offer for Australia’s ERM Power in August marking another move by the oil and gas major into…

  • Electric Vehicles Will Win Big In A Recession

    Published 21 August 2019 | viewed 8,135 times

    The news on vehicle sales is indicative of the growing economic headwinds. Data published by the China Association of Automotive Manufacturers showed auto production down…

  • Why Saudi Arabia Needs An Aramco IPO

    Published 14 August 2019 | viewed 8,205 times

    At the start of the year, hopes and expectations were that the US and China would come to a relatively speedy resolution on trade and…

  • Oil Price Risk Has Shifted To The Downside

    Published 07 August 2019 | viewed 5,348 times

    The US Federal Reserve cut interest rates July 31 for the first time since the 2008 financial crisis in an effort to keep the US’s…

  • The 2020 Elections Are Already Impacting Oil Markets

    Published 31 July 2019 | viewed 7,573 times

    As a major net oil importer, US foreign policy has traditionally reflected the need to protect extended international oil supply chains. Over the last decade,…

  • Tricky Times For U.S. LNG Producers

    Published 10 July 2019 | viewed 11,629 times

    A glut of new LNG supply coming on-stream after a relatively warm northern hemisphere winter has seen spot LNG prices plunge, putting a dent in…

  • Oil Markets Unbalanced By Brinkmanship

    Published 03 July 2019 | viewed 4,253 times

    OPEC agreed in Vienna that it would roll over its 1.2 million b/d crude oil production cuts for another nine months, which would keep the…

  • Why OPEC Wants Oil Below $60

    Published 26 June 2019 | viewed 18,355 times

    In its June oil market report, the International Energy Agency (IEA) revised downward its global oil demand forecast for 2019 for the second consecutive month,…

  • The War Risk Premium For Oil Prices

    Published 19 June 2019 | viewed 9,526 times

    Last week’s attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman have ratcheted up tension in the Middle East. Lloyd’s List has reported a tenfold…

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