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Mali Peace over Before It Begins

Mali Peace over Before It Begins

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Oil exploration deals signed by interim and the new government of Mali for operations in the restive north won’t make it far with a relaunch of radical Islamist…

French Areva in (More) Trouble in Niger

French Areva in (More) Trouble in Niger

Oct 18, 2013 at 14:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following on the recent announcement by the authorities in Niger that Areva will have to undergo a state audit, thousands of local residents take to the streets to…

A Billion-Ton Coal Miner You’ve Never Heard Of

A Billion-Ton Coal Miner You’ve Never Heard Of

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:22 | Editorial Dept

One thing I’ve noticed in the resource business: big never goes out of style.If there’s a large in-ground resource, someone will always be eying a way to exploit…

A Private Commodity Trader that Should be a Long-Term Core Holding

A Private Commodity Trader that Should be a Long-Term Core Holding

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:17 | Editorial Dept

JP Morgan circulated offering documents yesterday to try and sell their physical commodity operations in copper, oil and natural gas.  Why are they leaving, who's staying and is there something…

Kashagan: A Giant in the (Painfully Slow) Making

Kashagan: A Giant in the (Painfully Slow) Making

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:16 | Editorial Dept

Thirteen years in the making and $50 billion later, the supergiant Kashagan oil field in Kazakhstan is finally online after many delays, but its short-term impact on the global oil…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 11th October 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 11th October 2013

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:13 | Jim Hyerczyk

December Crude Oil finished flat for the week after posting a potentially bullish closing price reversal bottom last week. Traders failed to confirm the chart pattern because of the indecision…

Venezuela’s PDVSA Drowns in Transport Costs

Venezuela’s PDVSA Drowns in Transport Costs

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:10 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: Transport costs are a sieve winnowing away Pdvsa’s profits and a recent investigation appears to show that at least three ships commissioned and inaugurated in public ceremonies by…

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

China to Stake Claim off Brazil’s Coast

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom line: China likely to stake a claim off Brazil’s coast through Libra pre-salt auction, but at a potentially high environmental cost for Brazil.Analysis: Given the small field…

What Russia’s Arctic Attack on Greenpeace is Really About

What Russia’s Arctic Attack on Greenpeace is Really About

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The recent detention of Greenpeace activists in the Arctic display Russian fears of losing absolute control over Arctic waters and specifically over the Northern Sea Route that makes…

Syria, the Next Phase

Syria, the Next Phase

Oct 11, 2013 at 16:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Watch now as the original Syrian rebels float back to Assad, who becomes the “savior” of Syria and the only force capable of dealing with the radical, al-Qaeda-linked…

The One Number Every Oil and Gas Investor Needs

The One Number Every Oil and Gas Investor Needs

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:28 | Editorial Dept

I talked a little last week about the “recycle ratio”. This is a tool every oil and gas investor needs to understand. Without exaggeration, if you used only…

An Interesting Stock that has gone Under the Radar

An Interesting Stock that has gone Under the Radar

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:24 | Dan Dicker

The energy sector has begun to outperform the rest of the market and that trend seems to me to be just beginning.  Therefore, it's important to start honing down your…

Kurdistan: Raising the Oil & Gas Stakes

Kurdistan: Raising the Oil & Gas Stakes

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:23 | Editorial Dept

Until Sunday, 29 September, Kurdistan (Northern Iraq) has not seen an attack of the kind that plagues the rest of Iraq on a daily basis since 2007.

Oil Market Forecast & Review 4th October 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 4th October 2013

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:13 | Jim Hyerczyk

The partial shutdown of the U.S. government this week helped drive crude oil prices lower as investors assessed the possible negative impact of this ordeal on the U.S. economy. Expectations…

Niger’s Hedges Bets on French Uranium Assets

Niger’s Hedges Bets on French Uranium Assets

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Under constant threat of terrorist attacks in the security nightmare of Niger, French nuclear group Areva will now face an audit of its uranium mines as the Nigerien…

Iran’s Economic Liberalization Hangs on a Looming Internal Confrontation

Iran’s Economic Liberalization Hangs on a Looming Internal Confrontation

Oct 04, 2013 at 17:00 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As we have mentioned previously, the 14 June election in Iran has markedly changed the political landscape and increased the chances for economic liberalization and growth, and there…

Tunisia’s Islamist to Step Down as Crisis Narrowly Averted

Tunisia’s Islamist to Step Down as Crisis Narrowly Averted

Oct 04, 2013 at 16:53 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Tunisia’s ruling Ennahda party has agreed to hand over power to an independent transitional technocratic leadership after three weeks of talks with the secular opposition, in a crisis-breaking…

Another Discovery for Financially Moribund Petrobras

Another Discovery for Financially Moribund Petrobras

Oct 04, 2013 at 16:44 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new discovery for Petrobras offshore in the northeast of Brazil is good news in theory, but bad news in terms of investment for development that the state-run…

The Best Way to Beat Today’s High Costs in Oil and Gas

The Best Way to Beat Today’s High Costs in Oil and Gas

Sep 27, 2013 at 20:36 | Editorial Dept

I’m a big fan of royalty companies. And I want to tell you about a new firm I’ve found, that’s using this time-tested model for stable profits—run by some very…

A Great Opportunity in the Oil Services Sector

A Great Opportunity in the Oil Services Sector

Sep 27, 2013 at 20:32 | Editorial Dept

I've recently found very little to like in the oil services sector, but a move this week has me looking very seriously at starting a position in National Oilwell Varco…

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