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Geopolitical Risks Loom Large Over Oil Markets

Geopolitical Risks Loom Large Over Oil Markets

Geopolitical risks are looming large…

OPEC Demand Forecast Boosts Bullish Sentiment in Oil Markets

OPEC Demand Forecast Boosts Bullish Sentiment in Oil Markets

An optimistic demand forecast from…

A Powerful Family Army Is Forming in Eastern Libya

A Powerful Family Army Is Forming in Eastern Libya

Khalifa Haftar has named his…

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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…

VENEZUELA-US: Tell-Tale Signs of Hostile Environment for Investors

VENEZUELA-US: Tell-Tale Signs of Hostile Environment for Investors

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:06 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: As Maduro expels two US government officials from Venezuela, cutting off informal channels of communication, and the US reciprocates by expelling 2 Venezuelan diplomats, optimism surrounding a post-Chavez…

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Natural Resources Shape New Govt after Rebel Seizure

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Natural Resources Shape New Govt after Rebel Seizure

Apr 01, 2013 at 11:03 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A new leadership is emerging for this resource-rich country after Seleka rebels seized the presidential palace in Bangui and forced CAR President Francois Bozize to flee, while French…

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Energy Cooperation Prospects Boosted by Israeli Apology

TURKEY-ISRAEL: Energy Cooperation Prospects Boosted by Israeli Apology

Apr 01, 2013 at 10:56 | Editorial Dept

Bottom Line: A deal in the works for a Israel-Turkey pipeline that would transport Levant Basin gas to Turkey under the Mediterranean comes one step closer to realization with an…

Go to the Source - How to profit from Gazprom’s Crumbling Hegemony

Go to the Source - How to profit from Gazprom’s Crumbling Hegemony

Mar 22, 2013 at 16:33 | Dan Dicker

This week’s newsletter is a fascinating one, where intelligence reports meet head-on with the trader’s report.   If you haven’t read Jen Alic’s piece regarding Cyprus and Russia, go and do…

Subsea Processing: Cutting out the Expensive ‘Middle Man’

Subsea Processing: Cutting out the Expensive ‘Middle Man’

Mar 22, 2013 at 16:29 | Editorial Dept

Subsea processing, the technology of the future, is essentially about getting rid of those bottlenecks that keep production from reaching its potential, and oil services and equipment makers are the…

Turkmenistan: Opportunities in Diversification

Turkmenistan: Opportunities in Diversification

Mar 22, 2013 at 16:18 | Editorial Dept

This leading Caspian gas exporter with massive untapped oil and gas potential is now open for business after years of eccentric isolation—and the playing field is wide, wide open.

Oil Market Forecast & Review 22nd March 2013

Oil Market Forecast & Review 22nd March 2013

Mar 22, 2013 at 16:07 | Jim Hyerczyk

May crude oil futures surged early last week, but the rally stalled when the market reached the lower level of our target zone at $94.44. The actual high was $94.47.…

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