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    Australia's ANZ Bank raised its second quarter forecasts for benchmark Brent crude and U.S. oil futures, citing continued risk of supply disruption from the Middle East and North Africa as political unrest in the region shows little sign of abating.

  • This is the fourth interest rate hike since October that is meant to collar inflation. So far it has not worked. However, when it finally does..?

  • Saudi Arabia Keeps Wary Eye on Domestic Inflation Wednesday, 6 Apr 2011 | 2:40 AM ET
    Saudi youth wave their national flag as they celebrate the return of King Abdullah bin Abdul Aziz in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

    Saudi Arabian policymakers will keep a careful eye on inflation in the coming months, following two massive infusions of stimulus money that they hope will support the Arab world's largest economy without driving domestic prices much higher.

  • Call us cynical, but we are of the mindset that 1 temporarily displaced worker at a Toyota factory is worth more than 2 gainfully employed hamburger flippers.

  • Today's Market Outlook   Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 6:20 AM ET
    Today's Market Outlook

    Kevin Ferry, Cronus Futures Management, discusses what happened in overnight trading as well as what he wishes would happen with the Fed. And the House tries to ban the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases, with Rep. Ed Whitfield (R-Ky.) Energy & Commerce Committee.

  • 4 Reasons to Short Oil: Economist Tuesday, 5 Apr 2011 | 2:26 AM ET
    Oil Refinery

    Oil prices have recovered from a short sharp sell-off late last month to hit fresh highs but could be about to sell off again, according to Julian Jessop, the chief international economist at Capital Economics.

  • The Nymex energy complex ended last week on a very strong note. The gasoline contract (RBOB) for June delivery closed at 313.02. That translates into a national average price for retail gasoline of ≈$3.70 a gallon by the 04th of July holiday. To this effect, we are prepared for a material decline in demand elasticities.

  • What's Trading Now   Monday, 4 Apr 2011 | 12:32 PM ET
    What's Trading Now

    Silver and the gold, and the commodities trade doesn't appear to coming to a close, with CNBC's Scott Wapner and the Fast Money Halftime Report traders. Also, a look at the microchip trade, and what it will take for stocks to break out now, with Carter Worth, Oppenheimer.

  • Yesterday (Thursday), the EIA reported a 12 Bcf injection in to storage, blowing away the 2 Bcf median draw expected by analysts. However, it seems that the injection was not entirely unexpected — the largest analyst estimate came to 13 Bcf and Bloomberg’s whisper number came to a 5 Bcf injection. Put simply, expectations were all over the map.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Blame Canada for US Oil Dependence Thursday, 31 Mar 2011 | 1:36 PM ET

    We question the logic of cutting down on imports. According to the latest preliminary weekly data from the DOE, we imported 8.41 MMbbls/d of crude oil last week. Our largest trading partner was Canada, with 2.05 MMbbls/d of supply with Venezuela coming in a distant second at 1.08 MMbbls/d.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Gasoline vs Consumer Confidence Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 1:52 PM ET

    Yesterday, the Conference Board released the latest consumer confidence index. We have stated several times that confidence would likely to lower than the 70.4 seen in February and the 65.0 expected by analysts. Indeed yesterday’s number came to 63.4, its first drop in six months.

  • The 10 Hottest Commodities of 2011 Wednesday, 30 Mar 2011 | 12:25 PM ET
    Commodities are something many investors can relate to. What's not to like about corn, crude oil, or copper? Some commodities have been on a tear in recent months. In fact, the Reuters/Jefferies CRB Index, a global commodity benchmark tracking 19 commodities that are mostly U.S. traded, is near a two-and-a-half year high. In 2010 the CRB index rose by 17% compared to a 13% gain for the S&P 500. Several individual commodities continue to greatly outperform the broader market year-to-date, affecti

    CNBC’s analytics team compiled a list of the 10 best-performing commodities in the CRB index so far this year, based on the closing prices on March 29, 2011.

  • OPEC Set for $1,000 Billion in Export Revenues Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 11:58 PM ET
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    OPEC, the oil producers’ cartel, will reap $1,000 billion in export revenues this year for the first time if crude prices remain above $100 a barrel, according to the International Energy Agency. The FT reports.

  • Schork: US Economy Still Precarious Tuesday, 29 Mar 2011 | 12:03 PM ET

    In another encouraging sign, the savings rate (as a percentage of disposable income) dropped from a six month high of 6.1% in January to 5.8%. The amount of government unemployment insurance benefits also fell by 7.81% to $113.3 bn, the lowest point since April 2009. This seems to paint a pretty bullish picture for the health of the domestic consumer, right?

  • Word on the Street   Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 5:00 PM ET
    Word on the Street

    Oil pulls back on Libyan rebel successes, while explorers and refineries rise. At the same time, coal stocks slide after Goldman downgrades Peabody. And smaller telecom stocks make a big comeback after the AT&T/T-Mobile marriage, with Will Power, RW Paird analyst, CNBC's Melissa Lee and the Fast Money traders.

  • Fresh Protests in Bahrain Strain Businesses, Markets Monday, 28 Mar 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    Young Indian Muslims pose with placards during a protest rally against the ongoing political turmoil in Bahrain, Libya, and Yemen.

    Fresh reports of violent clashes and midnight raids taking place over the weekend did nothing to stifle a steady stream of traffic through Bahrain's financial district Monday, nor did the continued presence of foreign troops and tanks keep business from re-opening their doors.

  • The general consensus is that prices above $3.500 begin to cause not insignificant demand destruction. Yet the latest vehicle miles travelled data suggests that demand elasticity begins to wane much earlier.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Panic for WTI Bulls? Friday, 25 Mar 2011 | 2:00 PM ET

    As to the recent price path in Nymex crude oil, Philip Roth had it right, initial fear spawned by — what seems to be an endless stream of — “black swans” has now segued into the greed phase.

  • Executive Decision: Enbridge Energy CEO   Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 6:15 PM ET
    Executive Decision: Enbridge Energy CEO

    Enbridge Energy CEO Patrick Daniel discusses pipelines and energy infrastructure, as well as the best ways to move oil around the U.S. and Canada, with Mad Money host Jim Cramer.

  • Gartman: Central Banks Boosting Commodities?   Thursday, 24 Mar 2011 | 5:16 PM ET
    Gartman: Central Banks Boosting Commodities?

    Reserves injected by the Bank of Japan and the European Central Bank are going to gold and equities, rather than being used for timber, steel and copper down the road. Dennis Gartman, The Gartman Letter, explains why it's happening.