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Will Oil Prices Fall Below $70?

Will Oil Prices Fall Below $70?

Considering the current factors affecting…

Washington Prepares to Tighten Sanctions on Iran

Washington Prepares to Tighten Sanctions on Iran

The United States is preparing…

Global Energy Alert

How to Play the Coming Rise in Natural Gas Prices

How to Play the Coming Rise in Natural Gas Prices

Apr 12, 2013 at 17:15 | Dan Dicker

When I wrote convincingly last July about the coming turnaround in Nat gas prices I did a great job in recognizing the trajectory of storage and the slow but steady…

Genel Energy: A Junior Packing a Big Punch

Genel Energy: A Junior Packing a Big Punch

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:53 | James Stafford

I’ve been following Genel Energy of Turkey for a while now, not least because of my obsession with the potentially catastrophic but otherwise fantastic venue that is Iraqi Kurdistan. Every…

Politics & Economics Sideline Eastern European Shale Potential

Politics & Economics Sideline Eastern European Shale Potential

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:50 | Editorial Dept

While most aren’t eyeing the Eastern European shale potential with too much excitement, Chevron stands out for its decisive buy-up of acreage in this region. Chevron has acquired millions of…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 12th April 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 12th April 2013

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:34 | Jim Hyerczyk

June crude oil futures traded mixed last week as traders had to deal with conflicting signals. Technically, the market is oversold on a short-term basis which gives it a slight…

LEBANON: Good News for Stability, Good News for Levant Fossil Fuels Prospects

LEBANON: Good News for Stability, Good News for Levant Fossil Fuels Prospects

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:29 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The sweeping parliamentary endorsement of Sunni politician Tammam Salam to become the country’s next prime minister is a major boost for stability and removes a great deal of…

PERU: Environmental Authorities Get Serious

PERU: Environmental Authorities Get Serious

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:24 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Peru is taking tough action against oil and gas companies over poor environmental practices following an oil spill earlier this month, halting operations and imposing fines. There’s more…

UKRAINE: Russia Threatens to Reroute Gas from Ukrainian Transit Pipelines

UKRAINE: Russia Threatens to Reroute Gas from Ukrainian Transit Pipelines

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:19 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Though small in volume, Ukraine’s launch of gas imports from Europe is spurring a response from Moscow which is essentially to cut Ukraine’s gas transit potential. 

RUSSIA: Juggling Oil Tax Increases and Unconventional Incentives

RUSSIA: Juggling Oil Tax Increases and Unconventional Incentives

Apr 12, 2013 at 16:14 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Russian Finance Ministry’s proposed increase in extraction taxes of 5% for 2014-2016 is intended to raise money for building roads, but the tradeoff is a sweet incentive…

Another Energy Boom is on the Way

Another Energy Boom is on the Way

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:37 | Dan Dicker

Trading energy and energy stocks this week have been a dangerous experience, as oil markets sloughed off more than $3 a barrel on little more than a whim.  DOE reports…

Massive New Opportunities in Advanced Fracking

Massive New Opportunities in Advanced Fracking

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:35 | James Stafford

Hydraulic fracking is an expensive, complicated and dirty endeavor. That is the present reality. But new technology already being employed and even more promising ideas coming online soon could clean…

Where to Find Shale Gas in MENA: Our Top 4 Venues

Where to Find Shale Gas in MENA: Our Top 4 Venues

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:27 | Editorial Dept

While these Middle East/North Africa venues are global oil giants and net oil exporters, demand for natural gas here is growing faster than supply. Combined with the natural gas boom…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 5th April 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 5th April 2013

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:17 | Editorial Dept

After posting a high last week at $97.80, May crude oil sold off sharply on the daily and weekly charts. The fundamental catalyst behind the move was an unexpected rise…

ANGOLA: 9th Offshore Oil Discovery Increases Resource Base

ANGOLA: 9th Offshore Oil Discovery Increases Resource Base

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Italy’s Eni SpA has made its 9th offshore discovery in Angola, setting up the West African country to become a regional energy hub. Analysis: Last week,…

COLOMBIA: Two New Oil Discoveries and Investor Incentives in the Works

COLOMBIA: Two New Oil Discoveries and Investor Incentives in the Works

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:10 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The Colombian president unveils plans to eliminate the 8.9% tax on natural gas and other potential initiatives such as free-market gas pricing that will increase investor optimism at…

ROMANIA: Moratorium on Shale Gas Exploration Ended

ROMANIA: Moratorium on Shale Gas Exploration Ended

Apr 05, 2013 at 13:02 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: Romania has officially ended its moratorium on shale gas exploration, and now it will take 3-5 years to accurately assess the potential here. The game is not over,…

A Perfectly Positioned E+P Company

A Perfectly Positioned E+P Company

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:30 | Dan Dicker

Slowly, we’ve seen a price rise in West Texas Intermediate crude, now approaching $100 a barrel. This rally has come while the global benchmark for crude prices, Brent crude, hasn’t…

Gambling on Methane Hydrates: Risk Outpaces Reward - For Now

Gambling on Methane Hydrates: Risk Outpaces Reward - For Now

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:28 | James Stafford

Everyone’s so excited about Japan’s successful extraction of natural gas from methane hydrates trapped in crystalized formation under the sea floor. The headlines are certainly promising, and we’ve had numerous…

Sudan-South Sudan: Watch Now as the Oil Flows

Sudan-South Sudan: Watch Now as the Oil Flows

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:20 | Editorial Dept

I’ve been skeptical about investing in either of the two Sudans without an oil and border security deal in place. That said, recent developments remove a lot of the political…

Oil Market Forecast & Review 29th March 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 29th March 2013

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:13 | Jim Hyerczyk

Last week our work suggested that crude oil may have been closer to a bottom than a top because the Commitment of Traders report showed that small speculators were liquidating…

TURKEY-IRAQI KURDISTAN: Another Step Towards Kurdish Independence

TURKEY-IRAQI KURDISTAN: Another Step Towards Kurdish Independence

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:09 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: The call for peace by Abdullah Ocalan, jailed leader of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), has a new tone that recognizes the potential for an independent Kurdistan in…

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