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The World’s Newest Oil Benchmark

The World’s Newest Oil Benchmark

Nov 13, 2019 at 11:19 | Editorial Dept

This week has witnessed a great flurry of news regarding the creation of a new Middle Eastern benchmark from the UAE flagship crude Murban. Intercontinental Exchange stated it will list…

Another Trade War Threat Emerges

Another Trade War Threat Emerges

Nov 13, 2019 at 11:17 | Editorial Dept

What Does Hong Kong Have To Do With Oil Prices? Nothing moves oil up or down right now like the U.S.-China trade war, and what is happening in Hong Kong…

Why Isn’t Winter Pushing LNG Prices Higher?

Why Isn’t Winter Pushing LNG Prices Higher?

Nov 13, 2019 at 11:16 | Ross McCracken

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 not hard to see –…

Trade Deal Might Not Spark Major Oil Rally

Trade Deal Might Not Spark Major Oil Rally

Nov 13, 2019 at 11:14 | Editorial Dept

Crude oil markets came under pressure this week as Saudi Arabia reported a full production rebound in October and traders grew impatient over progress on a US/China trade deal. Like…

Iraq In Crisis

Iraq In Crisis

Nov 06, 2019 at 13:53 | Editorial Dept

October was a truly bloody month for Iraq. Since nationwide protests broke out on October 01 after the ouster of a widely popular counter-terrorism general, more than 260 protesters have…

Preparing For The Aramco IPO

Preparing For The Aramco IPO

Nov 06, 2019 at 13:50 | Editorial Dept

Saudi Aramco is scheduled to release its prospectus this Saturday, and shares will officially start trading on the local Tadawul stock exchange in December.  Shares are only listed on the…

Can Saudi Arabia Hold OPEC+ Together?

Can Saudi Arabia Hold OPEC+ Together?

Nov 06, 2019 at 13:48 | Ross McCracken

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 and roadside emissions to urban…

U.S. Shale Is Far From Dead

U.S. Shale Is Far From Dead

Nov 06, 2019 at 13:47 | Editorial Dept

In the last few weeks, we’ve seen a steady stream of stories announcing the death of the US shale industry. The narrative goes something like this; persistently low oil prices…

The Algerian Hydrocarbon Law That Sparked Protests

The Algerian Hydrocarbon Law That Sparked Protests

Oct 30, 2019 at 13:25 | Editorial Dept

A series of protests have taken over the streets of the Algerian capital, provoked by the Parliament’s decision to approve the country’s long-mooted hydrocarbon law. The hydrocarbon law, despite reportedly…

Are Oil Markets About To Turn?

Are Oil Markets About To Turn?

Oct 30, 2019 at 13:22 | Ross McCracken

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 industrial growth, following data showing…

A Second Arab Spring?

A Second Arab Spring?

Oct 30, 2019 at 13:20 | Editorial Dept

Investors Shouldn’t Panic, Yet, After Argentina Elections Mauricio Macri has lost the presidential elections in Argentina to Alberto Fernandez and VP running mate Cristina Kirchner, but there’s no need to…

Is There Something Oil Traders Know That Stock Markets Don’t?

Is There Something Oil Traders Know That Stock Markets Don’t?

Oct 30, 2019 at 13:13 | Editorial Dept

US stocks reached all-time highs this week as optimism grew that Trump and Xi have a trade deal on the way and the US Federal Reserve would lower interest rates…

The New Oil Reality In Syria

The New Oil Reality In Syria

Oct 23, 2019 at 13:25 | Editorial Dept

The Turkish Gambit It’s official: Syrian Kurdistan has ceased to exist. Turkey and Russia have cut a deal that will allow Turkey to occupy a buffer zone in northern Syria,…

Why OPEC Production Cut Rumors Have Already Begun

Why OPEC Production Cut Rumors Have Already Begun

Oct 23, 2019 at 13:15 | Editorial Dept

OPEC mulling the possibility of cutting even deeper than the 1.2mbpd committed under the aegis of the Vienna Alliance has been the main news of the past seven days. The…

Why Mexico Changed Its Flagship Crude Formula

Why Mexico Changed Its Flagship Crude Formula

Oct 23, 2019 at 13:12 | Editorial Dept

Mexico and IMO 2020, what a tremendous pairing. The Mexican national oil company PEMEX has been one of the few lucky free-riders of the US sanctions frenzy that saw most…

What Will It Take For Oil Prices To Rise?

What Will It Take For Oil Prices To Rise?

Oct 23, 2019 at 13:10 | Ross McCracken

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 September and the first part…

Why The Syria Conflict Could Be Bearish For Oil Prices

Why The Syria Conflict Could Be Bearish For Oil Prices

Oct 23, 2019 at 13:07 | Editorial Dept

The withdrawal of US troops from northern Syria has been the most thoroughly covered story in global news over the last week. In the oil patch, investors are watching the…

What Does Brexit Mean For UK Oil & Gas?

What Does Brexit Mean For UK Oil & Gas?

Oct 16, 2019 at 12:51 | Editorial Dept

The London stock market, the British pound and the European populace, in general, were buoyed by rumors emerging about London and Brussels closing in on a comprehensive Brexit deal that…

U.S. Sanctions Have Oil Markets On Edge

U.S. Sanctions Have Oil Markets On Edge

Oct 16, 2019 at 12:45 | Editorial Dept

This week’s market sentiment was in many ways influenced by the IMF’s cutting global growth rates to their lowest since 2009 (at 3 percent), dropping them for the fifth consecutive…

Why Don’t We Fight Wars Over Carrots?

Why Don’t We Fight Wars Over Carrots?

Oct 16, 2019 at 12:42 | Ross McCracken

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 conference held October 9-10 in…

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