LONDON, Sept 23- More downbeat data from Europe left shares on course for a third day of losses on Tuesday, though commodities got a break from recent selling after a reading on China's massive factory sector outpaced the market's bleak expectations.» Read More
Fundamentally, it seems, markets are well supplied, though it may be emotional factors driving certain aspects of the energy market.
According to the U.S. government’s Energy Information Agency, “In 2009, India was the fourth largest energy consumer in the world, after the United States, China, and Russia. Despite a slowing global economy, India's energy demand continues to rise. As vehicle ownership expands, petroleum demand in the transport sector is expected to grow in the coming years. While India's domestic energy resource base is substantial, the country relies on imports for a considerable amount of its energy use. According to the International Energy Agency, hydrocarbons account for the majority of India's energy use.”
The White House has confirmed the Obama administration is considering tapping oil from the 727 million barrel Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Traders at the NYMEX were quick to accuse the administration of playing politics.
Gulf states are planning to use ray guns to protect their oil and gas infrastructure and also dissuade pirate attacks.
China’s sluggish growth and contractions in oil supply and demand should be enough to convince oil market bulls that the oil rally can’t continue for long, Neil Atkinson, Director of Energy Research and Analysis at Data Monitor, told CNBC.
The International Monetary Fund said Syria was one of the few countries in the Middle East whose economy is expected to contract in 2012. The IMF expected the regional economy to grow by more than 5 percent in 2012, an increase from last year. Economic problems for Damascus were compounded last week when the U.S. government extended sanctions on Iran to include the Syrian energy sector. Washington said the government in Damascus was generating millions in revenue through gasoline sales to Iran. With few political or military options available, economic warfare may be the best option for an international community frustrated with the bloodshed.
Iran has struggled to find a reliable consumer base given international sanctions pressure, and its recent production levels suggest the Islamic republic is retreating somewhat from the international energy sector.
A major oil find by Canada’s Tethys Petroleum in Tajikistan comes at a bad time for the Central Asian country, as the security situation is about to skyrocket out of control in a restive province on the border with Afghanistan.
The promise of discovering a clean, green, safe, and (due to the fact that it is fueled by the most abundant metal and gas on the planet, nickel and hydrogen) cheap renewable energy source is causing many investors and scientists to overcome their previous reluctance and enter the field.
A combination of persistently high prices and a weak economic backdrop will keep a lid on oil consumption this year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday, while a slightly improved demand growth for 2013 will likely be offset by, among other things, the resumption of nuclear capacity in Japan reducing the need for oil.
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of an 11-day trip across sub-Saharan Africa. Speaking on 1 August on the topic “Remarks on Building Sustainable Partnerships in Africa,” Clinton at the University of Cheikh Anta Diop in Dakar, Senegal, Clinton told her audience, “The Obama Administration’s comprehensive strategy on Sub-Saharan Africa is based on four pillars: first, to promote opportunity and development; second, to spur economic growth, trade, and investment; third, to advance peace and security; and fourth, to strengthen democratic institutions.”
Retail gasoline prices in the U.S. Midwest were as much as 50 cents higher than in the rest of the country this week, and a number of contributing factors are to blame.
Ever since its founding as an autonomous state in 1948, Israel has relied on imported energy to meet its domestic power demands. However, offshore exploration operations have now found giant natural gas fields able to supply the country with more gas than it can use.
The Kurdish government in Iraq announced Wednesday it would resume oil exports from the region later this week. Erbil had shut down exports in April, blaming the central government in Baghdad for withholding payments owed to international oil companies working in the semi-autonomous north. The region's Ministry of Natural Resources said the resumption was a goodwill gesture meant to encourage the central government to settle the outstanding payments. With foreign companies seemingly focusing their financial energy in northern Iraq, however, the gesture may be more of a power play than a confidence-building effort.
For a variety of reasons there still exist many untapped oil fields in the world. Those reasons may be political, technological, geological, or economical; but as time goes on they are being resolved to the extent that some huge fields are now becoming available for exploration and production.
China’s $15.1 billion bid to acquire Canada’s Nexen oil company threatens to turn China into an owner rather just a major buyer of Canadian oil, and prompts a surge in nationalist rhetoric that is attempting, misguidedly, to bring up the question of sovereignty.
The cost of generating electricity by wind and solar is falling rapidly, ,and however hard Big Oil and Big Gas try to suppress government funding and tax breaks for renewables, they are doomed to lose, and in only about 4 years.
Argentina is making few friends in the fossil fuels industry these days. Sam Logan, owner of Southern Pulse, speaks to Oilprice.com about the politics of populism behind Argentina’s energy aggression.
CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.
Royal Dutch Shell is one of six energy companies hoping to begin drilling for oil and gas in the Arctic next month, and the U.S. Coast Guard is billions of dollars short of what it needs to monitor and protect those operations, according to a report.