• Schork Oil Outlook: Why Recovery Isn't 'Good' Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 1:00 PM ET

    The string of poor economic headlines in the U.S. continued unabated last week. The S&P/CaseShiller Housing Indices and the May jobs report bookended another grim week; a week that issued daily telltales that the pace of the U.S.’ economic recovery is in serious doubt. Home values (the largest single investment for most consumers) are down and job creation is stagnant.

  • Commodities will weaken in the short term as the Chinese economy starts to slow, but prices could once again move higher from this fall boosted by power constraints in China, Jim Lennon, head of commodities research at Macquarie Bank told CNBC on Monday.

  • Why This OPEC Meeting Could Be Different Monday, 6 Jun 2011 | 3:18 AM ET

    If you aren't following the oil story, maybe you should be, writes CNBC's Louisa Bojesen.

  • Out of Work

    "There's a big debate about whether what we're seeing right now is the beginning of a sustained slowdown or just (the effect of) short-term factors," says one chief economist.

  • Schork: Initial Jobless Claims' Eternal High Friday, 3 Jun 2011 | 11:06 AM ET

    This marks the eleventh time in the last 12 reports that initial jobless claims have come in at or above analyst expectations. In fact, we would not be surprised to see this week’s number revised higher in the next report due to the inability to file claims on Memorial Day.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Trading Heating Oil vs. Gasoline Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 4:10 PM ET

    On the final weekly DOE report ahead of the Memorial Day holiday (the start of the U.S. summer driving season), supplies of gasoline jumped by 1.8% to 209.7 MMbbls. At this point in the season we would want to see inventories at-or-above the 201 MMbbl threshold.

  • Gas at $3.50/Gallon or Lower by July 4: Gulf CEO Thursday, 2 Jun 2011 | 12:32 PM ET

    The price at the gas pump will fall from the current $3.80 per gallon national average to $3.50 or lower by July 4, Gulf Oil Chief Executive Joe Petrowski told CNBC Thursday.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Speculators vs Consumers Wednesday, 1 Jun 2011 | 3:02 PM ET

    Last week the Bureau of Economic Analysis released its personal income and outlays report for April 2011. From a big picture perspective, personal income rose by 0.4%, as expected by analysts, while spending rose by 0.4%, just below the 0.5% expected by the crowd.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: The 'Second Derivative' Nonsense Tuesday, 31 May 2011 | 2:20 PM ET

    As such, the strength and sustainability of the U.S. recovery is in question. This brings to mind all of that… second derivative gibberish that was de rigueur two years ago. Maybe, less bad, was really bad after all? But here is the Catch-22...

  • We're Fueling Terrorism by Paying OPEC: Pickens Friday, 27 May 2011 | 10:59 AM ET

    T. Boone Pickens sees companies exporting natural gas and importing oil from OPEC, saying, "We’re gonna go down as the dumbest crowd in history that’s ever come to town."

  • Calling yesterday’s (Thursday's) GDP data discouraging would be an understatement. After the UK matched analyst expectations of GDP growth on Wednesday, it was especially troubling yesterday to see domestic GDP rise by 1.8% as compared to analyst expectations of 2.2%.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Oil Bears—Not So Durable Thursday, 26 May 2011 | 12:44 PM ET

    Yesterday (Wednesday), the heating oil contract led the Nymex liquids complex after a large draw in distillate inventories from the DOE. The heating oil crack hit an intra-day high of $24.814, the highest since April 20. But traders may have overlooked a report that was far less bullish for distillate demand.

  • Commodities Tomorrow  Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:00 PM ET

    CNBC's Sharon Epperson discusses the day's activity in the commodities markets and looks at where gold, oil and precious metals are likely headed tomorrow.

  • Violence Cost World Economy $8.1 Trillion: Research Wednesday, 25 May 2011 | 4:09 AM ET
    Libyans shout slogans against Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi while holding a cartoon depicting Kadhafi being hit with a hammer symbolising 'the people's will'.

    The lack of world peace affects the economy by trapping productivity and removing vital resources, according to an international research institute which also put the cost of global violence at $8.1 trillion last year.

  • Obama Signals Rocky Road for Middle East Peace Tuesday, 24 May 2011 | 6:53 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    It has almost been two years since US President Barack Obama took the stage at Cairo University, reaching out to a mesmerized audience and seeking "a new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world".

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Toying with Demand Elasticity Monday, 23 May 2011 | 7:06 PM ET

    As we have noted ad nauseam, we know from experience (post Hurricane Katrina and the 2008 oil bubble) that demand elasticities shift with retail gasoline above $3.30, fall off above $3.50 and plunge at/above $4. Be that as it may, the Wall Street community saw fit back in April to test this numerical fact.

  • EU Targets Fresh Iran Sanctions Monday, 23 May 2011 | 7:23 AM ET
    Member of Iran's Revolutionary Guard

    The European Union has extended a blacklist of individuals and companies with links to Iran’s nuclear and ballistic missile programs as it looks to clamp down on investment and technology transfer into the country.

  • Japan is the first G7 country to fall back into recession, but will it be the last?

  • Will Iran's Ahmadinejad Seize OPEC Platform? Friday, 20 May 2011 | 3:50 AM ET
    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, president of Iran

    Mahmoud Ahmadinejad could chair the June meeting of the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries, giving the Iranian president a platform and an opportunity for the country to force a way out of its growing isolation.

  • After reading the last few FOMC statements, we get the sense that the Fed is acting like a traffic cop at the scene of an accident, ushering gawking motorists along… nothing to see here folks, just keep moving on.