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Oil price, Opec the only game in town, And finally...
Oil price The oil price is in the wrong place that's for sure as if the rumours from pre-Opec yesterday are to be believed then there will be no agreement and the Saudis will defend market share. Stories that the Gulf states of Saudi, Kuwait, Qatar and the UAE proposing no cut in output whistle...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, November 27, 2014
Oil price and Opec meeting, IGas, Sundry-BG-Trinity-Sona- And finally...
Oil price ‘Twas the night before Opec and of course the market is none the wiser... As predicted each day comes with another series of ‘meetings’ real or imaginary and off-the-record briefings designed to put us all off the scent. Yesterday, the market having become more positive ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Is US oil production set to plummet?
American oil production is set for a fast pullback, says Chris Theal, founder and CEO of Canadian energy fund Kootenay Capital. And that has two important implications America is now the swing producer in the global oil market. If the bottom in oil prices wasn’t set Nov. 5, it’s very...
» Written by Keith Schaefer on Wednesday, November 26, 2014
An insight into Mexico's policy reforms
Why the change? Mexico is one of the top ten oil producers in the world and is a net exporting country that is not a part of OPEC. There has been concern regarding the country’s rapid decline in oil production. The 2014 BP statistical report gives a fair insight into the country’s histo...
» Written by Amit Singh Rao on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Oil price, Thalassa, Sundry-Antrim/Sound-Faroe. And finally...
Oil price Crude had a slightly weaker day yesterday as rumours inevitably swirled around the market place very much as expected. Also as expected, the talks between Iran and the P5+1 couldnt come to an agreement and will resume at the end of June 2015. At least that means that Iran dont have the wh...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Richmond investor helped keep Halliburton's deal on track
When it looked as if the year's biggest energy merger, between Halliburton and Baker Hughes, was about to collapse, Halliburton resorted to a hardball tactic to keep the deal from falling apart. It threatened to propose its own slate of directors to replace Baker Hughes' board. In Richmond,...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Monday, November 24, 2014
Oil price, Petrofac, Plexus, Sundry-Ophir-Sound-Genel And finally...
Oil price Opec week dawns and the feature writers had a field day in the weekend papers, some writing better than others. Today sees the last day of the Iranian nuclear weapons talks, also being held in Vienna but as I write it looks like going into extra time. Even with the Saudi Foreign Minister ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, November 24, 2014
Have oil prices passed their all-time peak?
This is the third in a series of energy business insights commissioned by GCA from independent author and energy finance expert Barry Aling. In it he looks at the post 1970s history of oil price and the drivers behind it and examines in detail the relative pressures and trends in supply and demand t...
» Written by Barry Aling on Monday, November 24, 2014
US Refining Sector Sees a Boost in Quarterly Results
Companies with an interest in the US downstream sector have seen a general, significant improvement in performance in Q3 2014 according to a new analysis from Evaluate Energy. The main players, which include super majors BP, Chevron (CVX), ExxonMobil (XOM), Royal Dutch Shell (RDS) and Total (TOT), a...
» Written by Ilda Sejdia on Monday, November 24, 2014
Oil price, Ophir/Salamander, Parkmead, President, Sundry-Technip-Lansdowne, And finally…
Oil price So, lets establish the rules for next week ahead of the Opec meeting shall we? Firstly as someone amusingly once said, in this fight there are no rules, this applies to Opec meetings as much, if not more, than a Saturday night brawl outside a pub. Next week the one thing that can be guara...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, November 21, 2014
International influence growing in Canadian Oil Sands
According to CanOils new report “The Canadian Oil Sands Outlook 2015” the Canadian Oil Sands industry looks set to have capacity to produce over 3 million barrels per day (bbl/d) by the end of 2015, with production likely to approach around 2.5 million bbl/d. Of these figures, a higher p...
» Written by Mark Young on Thursday, November 20, 2014
Oil price, Ineos, Wood Group, Sundry-Tangiers- And finally...
Oil price Another quiet day at the office for oil traders, this time next week will be the Opec meeting and of course Thanksgiving Day. The Libyan Oil Minister has said that he thinks Opec will 'scale back to their original 30m b/d target' which, even if adhered to would not represent enoug...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, November 20, 2014
Did Russia and China just sign a death warrant for U.S. LNG exports?
Russia and China have signed two large natural gas deals in the last six months as Russia turns its attention eastward in reaction to sanctions and souring relations with Europe, currently Russia's largest energy export market. But the move has implications beyond Europe. In the department of e...
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Wednesday, November 19, 2014
Oil price, Oil Council, Halliburton/Baker Hughes, Sundry-Salamander-Aminex-Tower-San Leon-Enteq and finally...
Oil price Traders tell me that physical markets will remain quiet ahead of the Opec meeting next week, with that meeting happening on Thanksgiving Day and the thinly traded Friday afterwards anything might happen. There are all sorts of stories doing the rounds about Oil Ministers trying to cut dea...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, November 18, 2014
What happened to $100 oil?
The Paradigm Shift Business news provider Bloomberg, November 14, cited a Tass interview in which Vladimir Putin says that Russia is prepared for "catastrophic falls" of world oil prices and export revenues - on a day when Nymex oil market players and manipultors engineered a classic &quo...
» Written by Andrew McKillop on Monday, November 17, 2014
Oil price, Oil Council, Sundry-Halliburton-President-Salamander-IGas- and finally...
Oil price With todays news that Japan has slipped back into recession coming at a bad time for the oil price news elsewhere in the sector is a bit thin on the ground. The lower oil price is supposed to benefit Japan more that pretty much any other country and the fall in crude and to a lesser exten...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, November 17, 2014
Baghdad/Irbil Oil Deal - unlocking value at last?
According to Reuters, late yesterday Baghdad and the Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) “reached a deal to ease tensions over Kurdish oil exports and payments for civil servants from Baghdad.” The Iraqi Minister of Finance (a Kurd) - and former federal Foreign Minister - Hoshyar Zebari...
» Written by Anthony Franks OBE on Friday, November 14, 2014
Oil price, Halliburton/Baker Hughes, Caza, Sundry-BP-Sound Oil-DECC-Range-Genel-Oil Council, And finally...
Oil price With less than two weeks to go before the Opec meeting there is nothing that can hold the price, nor any reason why it would, my traders are telling me that genuine buyers are holding off safe in the knowledge that they can buy cheaper later which is fine but does store up a certain amoun...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, November 14, 2014
Continental's Hamm stares down OPEC in oil price standoff
Wildcatters may not be the gamblers they once were, but the Oil Patch hasn’t lost all of its swagger. Harold Hamm, who founded Continental Resources in 1967 and turned it into the biggest producer in North Dakota’s Bakken Shale, is making a big bet that oil prices won’t continue th...
» Written by Loren Steffy on Thursday, November 13, 2014

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