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OilPrice.com 12/08/2019 19:00
This week will see the onset of full trading activity in the shares of Saudi Arabia’s flagship oil company, Aramco. Through a combination of wooing local retail investors via preferential loans, threatening wealthy Saudis with the sort of treatment they had during their imprisonment in the Ritz Carlton in 2017, and inveigling the two principal credit ratings agencies to toe the exact Saudi line on the ‘lack of significance’ of the ‘Houthi’ attacks on Abqaiq and Khurais, the Saudis have finally been able to sell off…
OilPrice.com 12/08/2019 17:00
OPEC+ agreed to cut production by 500,000 bpd, sending oil prices higher on Friday. During mid-day trading, WTI was just shy of $60 per barrel, and Brent moved closer to $65. In total, the 1.2 million-barrel-per-day (mb/d) cuts from OPEC will rise to 1.7 mb/d. Those details had been reported on Thursday. But when OPEC+ made it official on Friday, Saudi Arabia also assured the market that it would continue with its voluntary cuts beyond what is required. With the Saudi cuts, the total contributions rise to 2.1 mb/d of reductions. The deal takes…
OilPrice.com 12/08/2019 13:00
A record number of energy companies filing for bankruptcy coupled with poor performance by the industry in 2019 has made it incredibly hard to find investments in the energy space that can be considered safe or promising. The industry’s favorite benchmark, the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE), which tracks the price and yield performance of companies in the energy sector, has returned just 2.7% compared to the 24.2% produced by the S&P 500 year-to-date, easily one of the biggest laggards in the entire market. Faced with this worrying…
OilPrice.com 12/08/2019 11:00
OPEC’s "whatever it takes" strategy has so far meant that Saudi Arabia would make additional production cuts where non-complying members failed. Some members are banking on OPEC employing that strategy again, and are using it as negotiating leverage. This time around, though, the Saudis might not play big brother to their OPEC brethren. The new threat is that compliance will have to be real this time around--from all members--or the cuts won't happen at all. How successful OPEC will be in getting its noncompliant members to step…
OilPrice.com 12/07/2019 19:00
Whether you’re bullish or bearish on oil and gas or renewables, when it comes to 2019 growth, there were clear winners and losers, and oil isn’t among the former ... Over the past three years, the world has recorded relatively high growth for carbon-centric energy sources as well as a marked acceleration in renewable energy developments. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewables spending continues to exceed fossil fuel-based power, with India emerging as the world’s fastest growing energy market. The…
OilPrice.com 12/07/2019 17:00
Yesterday the non-profit group lodged an official complaint under international guidelines regarding the campaign, which is BP’s first in 10 years. The group is backing up the complaint with demands that all fossil fuel advertising should be banned unless it comes with a “tobacco-style” warning about the dangers to planet and people. The complaint centers around the fact that the campaigns focus on BP’s renewable energy investments, which represent a small proportion of BP’s business, thus taking focus away from the…
OilPrice.com 12/07/2019 15:00
We first started noticing major 'odd' exports of gold from Turkey to Iran in May 2012. Turkey’s trade balance fluctuated wildly as gold stocks flowed out of the country in bursts. “Turkey’s going to continue it,” the Turkish economy minister said. “If those casting aspersions on the gold trade are searching for immorality, they should take a look in the mirror.” Then, in 2014, we discussed Turkey's "200 tons of secret gold" trade with Iran detailing how a complex network that spanned Turkey,…
OilPrice.com 12/07/2019 13:00
About 200 countries are presently convened for the United Nations Climate Change Conference COP 25 in Madrid. The Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention on Climate Change (COP) is tasked with making sure the agreements under the Paris Climate Accord are met. Under that 2015 agreement, more than 2oo countries agreed to take steps to keep global warming to below 2 degrees Celsius from pre-industrial levels and, to less than 1.5 degrees above if possible. President Donald Trump announced in 2017 that the U.S. would cease participation in the…
OilPrice.com 12/07/2019 11:00
Australian mining billionaire and philanthropist Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest is said to have come to the rescue of a massive and troubled solar farm in Western Australia’s Wheatbelt, by agreeing to invest in the A$130 million ($88m) project. Sydney-based Sun Brilliance has been working on a 100-megawatt solar farm at Cunderdin, about two hours east of Perth, since 2016. The company, however, has struggled to secure financing and faced snags connecting to the grid since it first proposed the project in 2016, Australian Broadcasting…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 17:30
"Saudi Surprise" Shocks Oil Market As OPEC+ Pulls it Together Saudi Surprise is Surprisingly Surprising Looks Like Christmas Came Early for the Oil Bulls Saudi Arabia Was Willing To Agree On Even Deeper Output CutsSaudis Were Happy To Cut Even More Oil ProductionOPEC Meeting: Saudis Were Happy To Cut Even MoreSaudi Arabia Voluntarily Pledges Even Deeper CutsOil Rises As Saudis Pledge Even Deeper Output Cuts Description: Tags: Ticker: Saudi Arabia shocked the oil market on Friday, with its energy minister Prince Abdulaziz...
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 16:30
Weeks before new worldwide rules on cleaner fuels for ships enter into force, refiners in Asia finally began to see refining margins for those cleaner marine fuels rising, albeit later than what was expected at the start of this year. According to refiners and traders in Asia who spoke to Reuters, shipping companies—who had been slow to purchase very-low sulfur fuel oil (VLSFO) and marine gasoil earlier this year—have started this month to buy more of those cleaner fuels, creating the demand refiners had expected and driving refining…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 15:30
The oil industry influences how climate change and environmental issues are taught at schools in Canada’s province of Saskatchewan, as it has a significant social power over the classrooms, a new report has found. The authors of the report are Simon Enoch, Director of the Saskatchewan Office of the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and Emily Eaton, an Associate Professor in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies at the University of Regina and a co-investigator with the Corporate Mapping Project. Enoch and Eaton…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 15:00
Oil prices rose on Friday morning, fueled by optimism about the new OPEC+ deal and the Saudi promise to, once again, overcomply with their production quota Friday December 6th, 2019 Oil jumped because of news from Vienna. OPEC+ agreed to cut 500,000 bpd more than the current arrangement, a figure that initially raised questions on Thursday. However, on Friday, Saudi officials said they would maintain their unilateral cuts beyond what is required in order to defend oil prices. The markets responded with a bounce. OPEC+ agrees to cut by another…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 14:00
Politics, Geopolitics & Conflict - Trump has said the US will move more troops into the Middle East as Iraq faces the most critical challenge to its regime since the fall of Saddam Hussein, and as protesters for the first time threaten oil production - the revenues from which are at the heart of mass protests.
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 14:00
OPEC and its allies including Russia, agreed Friday to deepen output cuts in an effort to trim the global supply and stabilize prices. The move is designed to combat stagnant global economic growth blamed on the U.S.-China trade war. OPEC+ stopped short of pledging action beyond the first quarter of 2020, causing analysts and traders to question the impact of the latest curbs. According to reports, the cuts will expand the existing agreement by an extra 500,000 barrels per day (bpd) reduction in the first quarter next year, through tighter compliance…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 14:00
The early reaction in oil futures following this morning’s announcement by OPEC and its partners in the production cuts that they will cut by another 500 thousand barrels per day is probably mystifying to some people. To those who understand the way markets work, however, it should come as no surprise. What is remarkable is not the initial surge, but the pullback that quickly followed. That move has nothing to do with the size of the cuts, it is a function of what came before. Crude futures had already risen this week as the view that cuts…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 14:00
1. U.S. shale grows even with lower prices- OPEC+’s task in Vienna was complicated by the fact that the projections for U.S. shale growth are all over the map. - The latest projection from Rystad Energy finds that U.S. shale will grow “even in an environment with lower prices.” - The Norwegian consultancy said that the oil market would see a substantial build in inventories in 2020 without deeper OPEC+ cuts. - Rystad notes that despite the significant decline in the U.S. rig count, the pace of spudded wells has not fallen dramatically.…
OilPrice.com 12/06/2019 14:00
Hedge funds are back in buying mood as of last week, with hopes of further OPEC+ production cuts adding optimism to markets. Analyst predictions that U.S. shale growth will start to slow down next year has also added to this bullish sentiment. But not everyone agrees with those shale claims, Rystad Energy came out with a forecast this week that U.S. shale would keep growing no matter what oil prices do. In the meantime, a real showdown of external forces in Iraq could threaten global oil supplies next year. Oil prices dipped Friday morning in the…

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