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Oil price, Total, Ophir, Madagascar, Lamprell, Northern, Sundry-BP-Egdon-Xcite-Faroe, And finally...
Oil price All eyes were on the Chinese data overnight and there was relief that they weren't bad, in the end slightly beating the whisper at 7.3%. Forecasts had centred around 7.2% after last figs of 7.5% but overall not too bad. The oil stats were actually better than economists had predicted ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
A fly on the wall at OPEC's November 27th meeting
The next meeting of OPEC ministers is scheduled to take place November 27, 2014 in Vienna. It is not going to be business as usual. The stated purpose of the meeting is to set production policies for 2015. But we all know what the members will be discussing over tea or something stronger. “...
» Written by Gary L Hunt on Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Oil price, President, Genel/SL/Serica, Egdon/Europa, Sundry-Range-Afren-Halliburton, And finally...
Oil price There is a slightly better feel about the oil price this morning, US consumer sentiment appears better and it appears that China, as suggested here a number of times, has been buying for its strategic reserves. Elsewhere the Khafji oilfield in the Saudi/Kuwait territory has seen a product...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, October 20, 2014
Oil decline: Price makes the story
So oft in theologic wars, The disputants, I ween, Rail on in utter ignorance Of what each other mean, And prate about an Elephant Not one of them has seen! --The Blind Men and The Elephant by John Godfrey Saxe When the world's business editors sent their reporters canvassing to find out what i...
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Monday, October 20, 2014
Oil price, Schlumberger, Petrofac, Lamprell, Pantheon, Aminex and finally...
Oil price I think at the moment we shall call this day, short closing Friday as the market has got used to ‘taking out a Rupert’ during the week and covering the position on Friday to ensure they aren’t left exposed over the weekend. There is nothing much to add this morning on t...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, October 17, 2014
Tech Talk - Pessimistic Talk in a time of surplus
The oil markets are concerned that there is too much oil currently available on the market, and that, as a consequence, oil prices may continue to tumble. Saudi Arabia is reportedly telling Reuters that it is happy with prices that may fall as low as $80 a barrel. As I mentioned the other day, some ...
» Written by David Summers on Thursday, October 16, 2014
Flash blog, Oil price, BG
Oil price- Brent expires... It must have felt like expiry as Brent and WTI took the biggest hit yesterday after the IEA report came out. Cutting 2014 demand forecast growth by 250/- b/d to 650/- was more than expected but they also concurred with other forecasters that Opec September production was...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, October 15, 2014
World War III: It's here and energy is largely behind it
I've been advancing a thesis for several months with friends that World War III is now underway. It's just that it's not the war we thought it would be, that is, a confrontation between major powers with the possibility of a nuclear exchange. Instead, we are getting a set of low-intensit...
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Oil price, Afren, Aminex, Enteq, Ineos and finally...
Oil price A short and sharp blog today as I am off to do a CEO interview with Rory Scott Russell of Range Resources, I will add to company news later if I glean more. The oil price remains persistently weak and will do if this perfect storm continues, everyday there is more oil on world markets an...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Oil price, Sound Oil, Petrofac, Bahamas Petroleum, Sundry- Statoil-GDF Suez-Range Resources, And finally...
Oil price The very slight rise as indicated by the prices above were, in reality, only some modest covering of short positions established during the week and this morning prices are around a dollar off. Almost all the news is unremittingly bearish and international markets are falling, the Dow is ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Monday, October 13, 2014
De-marginalising small oil fields
In the run up to the Scottish referendum there was heated political debate over whether 15 billion, 24 billion or even more barrels of oil equivalent (boe) could still be extracted from the North Sea. It served only to highlight the wide-ranging uncertainty surrounding the total figure. Yet one ass...
» Written by Edward Marriott on Monday, October 13, 2014
Oil price, Shell, Tullow, Faroe, San Leon and finally...
Oil price I said in the blog, and on interview with IG Group* on the 2nd of October that there might be another $5 of downside in the oil price, 9 days later and that has already happened. On that day the Brent price was $94.16 and today Brent is trading at $88.91, not far above its long term supp...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Friday, October 10, 2014
Oil price, Wood Group, IGas, Ithaca, Caza, Sundry and finally...
Oil price The oil price had another bad day, this time it was the Iranian Oil Minister, Bijan Zanganeh who put the cat among the pigeons by changing his view and saying that he felt that there was no need for an emergency Opec meeting. Of course Iran is in an acutely difficult position, twas ever t...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Thursday, October 9, 2014
Oil price, Caza, and finally...
Oil price More pressure on oil yesterday and it was mainly the demand side of the equation that took the hit. The IMF cut its global economic growth forecasts again, this time singling out Japan and Brazil but also warning that whilst China's 7.4% might be accurate for this year, a hard landing...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Tech Talk - The Price of Power, and its consequences
The changing colors of the leaves carry the message that winter will soon be here, and so it is time to stock the yard with wood to carry us through until spring. In Missouri I just found wood, cut to the length I need, and stacked, for $110 a cord and (since it has to be cut) it will arrive next we...
» Written by David Summers on Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Oil price, Cairn, Amerisur, Sundry-BG-Circle-Jupiter-Petroceltic-Apache-BP-Faroe-EOG and finally...
Oil price Arrived back from La Belle France yesterday afternoon (more on France later…) and managed to get a swift flash blog out on the Dragon/Petroceltic story, again more later. The oil price is still languishing and didn't even rally on the employment stats on Friday which beat the ...
» Written by Malcolm Graham-Wood on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
WSJ gets it wrong on 'Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven't Come True'
On Monday, September 29, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) published a story called “Why Peak Oil Predictions Haven’t Come True.” The story is written as if there are only two possible outcomes: The Peak Oil version of what to expect from oil limits is correct, or Diminishing Return...
» Written by Gail Tverberg on Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Causes contributing to oil trading at 17 month lows...
Record production and demand concerns It should be no surprise that the US is producing record levels of oil thanks to horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing. Last year the international energy agency stated that the United States would stride past Saudi Arabia and Russia to become the world&...
» Written by Chris Parr on Monday, October 6, 2014
Irony alert: Yergin gets award named after peak oil realist Schlesinger
Where is George Orwell when you need him? It is a supreme irony that cornucopian oil industry mouthpiece and consultant Daniel Yergin should receive America's first medal for energy security named after James Schlesinger, the first U.S. energy secretary. For those not familiar with the late Dr....
» Written by Kurt Cobb on Monday, October 6, 2014

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