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Why Oil Prices Rallied This Week

Why Oil Prices Rallied This Week

While the market navigates through…

Will OPEC Increase Production?

Will OPEC Increase Production?

Even though the IEA cut…

Geopolitical Risk Rebounds

Geopolitical Risk Rebounds

Geopolitical risk rebounded this week…

Global Energy Alert

How To Trade The Situation In Syria

How To Trade The Situation In Syria

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:39 | Dan Dicker

The phone’s ringing off the hook in the last week of a languid summer. It’s CNBC, Fox and even Al Jazeera, all looking for insight from me into how the…

Resolving Jordan’s Energy Dilemma

Resolving Jordan’s Energy Dilemma

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:37 | Editorial Dept

Energy is Jordan’s eternal bogeyman; Syria is its immediate threat to stability. Together, they make for a great deal of royal discomfort. The list of Jordan’s energy woes…

Kerogen Oil Shale: The Next Rock of Ages?

Kerogen Oil Shale: The Next Rock of Ages?

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:20 | James Stafford

As with everything else, it’s all about economic feasibility. This is the story of kerogen (oil shale), and could be a huge one, or it could just stay in the…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 30th August 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 30th August 2013

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:17 | Jim Hyerczyk

Speculative buyers drove October Crude Oil futures higher this week following reports of an imminent attack on Syria by the United States. On August 27, headline news across the world…

Elections in Norway Decisive for Oil Drillers

Elections in Norway Decisive for Oil Drillers

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Norway’s September elections will likely end the battle over oil drilling off the Lofoten islands and pave the way most notably for Statoil ASA (STL) to drill for…

Saudi Prince Bandar Schemes in Syria

Saudi Prince Bandar Schemes in Syria

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:11 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Following what happens next in Syria means following the machinations of Saudi Prince Bandar. Analysis: Saudi Prince…

Saudi Prince Bandar in Egypt

Saudi Prince Bandar in Egypt

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: While Bandar may not have gotten everything he wanted in Syria—yet—in Egypt he has, so far.  Analysis: In July, the US ordered a review of aid…

Iranian Gas for Ukraine?

Iranian Gas for Ukraine?

Aug 30, 2013 at 20:07 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Iran has plenty of gas and is now looking to Ukraine (via Iraq and Moldova) for a new market.

Time for Investors to Hunker Down

Time for Investors to Hunker Down

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:32 | Dan Dicker

It’s time to step out from my ‘normal’ role as the ‘energy expert’ and make a comment or two on the markets in general, just as a professional trader who’s…

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Exploring for Oil in Nicaragua: Friends in High Places

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:30 | Southern Pulse

On 17 July, Nicaragua announced that US-based Noble Energy would invest $30 million in drilling two offshore wells in the Caribbean—launching Nicaragua’s first-ever oil exploration. The wells will be drilled…

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

Algae Creeps Slowly Towards Viability

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:23 | James Stafford

Right now algae is simply too expensive to produce—and the process uses more energy than we get back. But by around 2017, with more money being dumped into research, we…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 23rd August 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 23rd August 2013

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:16 | Jim Hyerczyk

October Crude Oil futures failed to follow-through to the upside after last week’s surge took out the recent top at $107.85. The subsequent sell-off suggests overbought conditions and a possible…

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Sweetening the Deal for Foreign Investors in Mexico

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:12 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Mexico proceeds towards oil and gas liberalization and the modernization of state-run Pemex, it’s taking steps to lure in private companies by lifting restrictions on registering the…

SOCAR Eyes Big League

SOCAR Eyes Big League

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: An emerging joint venture between Russia’s Rosneft and Azerbaijan’s state-run SOCAR poises the Azeri company to enter an even bigger league.

Ghana Prepares for 29 August

Ghana Prepares for 29 August

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:05 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Everyone is bracing for violence as the Supreme Court in Ghana officially announces 29 August as the date for the pronouncement of its final verdict for an opposition…

Egypt: Changing Geopolitical Hands

Egypt: Changing Geopolitical Hands

Aug 23, 2013 at 15:02 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The coup in Egypt boils down to a change in power brokers from Qatar to Saudi Arabia, which is in line with the preferences of the US and…

How to Play the Coming Downturn

How to Play the Coming Downturn

Aug 16, 2013 at 18:03 | Dan Dicker

The latest market downturn has been brewing, in my mind, for the last two months.  And we’ve been a bit too sanguine about the prospect, considering that the gains in…

Recycling: The Future of Fracking

Recycling: The Future of Fracking

Aug 16, 2013 at 18:02 | James Stafford

The “hydraulic” part of the fracking equation means buying a lot of water and then paying to get rid of it once it’s been tainted. So figuring out how to…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 16th August 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 16th August 2013

Aug 16, 2013 at 17:59 | Jim Hyerczyk

Although the chart pattern suggested October Crude Oil was set up for the start of a substantial correction, the futures contract rebounded quickly after a two-week setback and is now…

Pemex Modernization: A “Mexican Moment”?

Pemex Modernization: A “Mexican Moment”?

Aug 16, 2013 at 17:55 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: After being stalled a week over tough back room negotiations, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto has now formally publicized his proposal for the “modernization of Pemex”Analysis:…

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