• We're Importing Oil From the Enemy: Boone Pickens Wednesday, 17 Nov 2010 | 9:52 AM ET

    Touting his energy plan to get America off foreign oil, financier T. Boone Pickens told CNBC Wednesday  that the U.S. is importing oil from its "enemies."

  • Schork Oil Outlook: The NatGas Danger Now Tuesday, 16 Nov 2010 | 12:34 PM ET

    Despite reports, U.S. gas producers have not given up on drilling. Thus, whether we are talking about anecdotes from the Fed or earnings statements from one of the largest gas producers in U.S., the bottom line is clear...

  • Schork Oil Outlook: How China Hit Fuel Prices Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 10:17 AM ET

    The EIA released its latest Short Term Energy Outlook (STEO), a forecast of global supply, demand and prices. There is enough data for several reports, but key takeaways included WTI prices, which the EIA forecasts will average "about $83" this winter, before rising to $87 by Q4 2011. Did this take the wind out of the bulls’ sails?

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Will China Bury the US? Friday, 12 Nov 2010 | 1:45 PM ET

    Much ado was made in the market yesterday regarding Tuesday’s release of The Conference Board’s Global Economic Outlook. Of particular interest, especially to Yankeephobes from the schadenfreude swamps of the Left was the finding that China may overtake the U.S. as the world’s largest economy by 2012… with may being the key auxiliary verb.

  • Schork Outlook: 'Jekyll and Hyde' NatGas Market Thursday, 11 Nov 2010 | 9:59 AM ET

    According to the monthly numbers from the EIA, underground stores of working gas increased by a staggering 1.079 Tcf through the first phase (April to June) of this season. Based on the variation in the time series we have seen since the start of the decade, we would have expected an injection of no more than 1.064 Tcf.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Dollar-Oil Decoupling? Wrong! Wednesday, 10 Nov 2010 | 11:40 AM ET

    Yesterday’s issue of The Schork Report stated that “Pundits are now beginning to raise the specter of ‘decoupling,’ where a higher dollar moves in line with commodity prices. We’re not falling for it.” Here's why.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Worse Recovery Than 1982 Friday, 5 Nov 2010 | 10:50 AM ET

    If Tuesday’s mid-term U.S. elections and Wednesday’s FOMC meeting were not enough to cause agita for you, then there is always the chance Friday morning’s U.S. nonfarm payrolls report will do it.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: How High Can Crude Go? Watch Dollar Thursday, 4 Nov 2010 | 12:56 PM ET

    With the Fed deciding to purchase another $600 billion of U.S. government debt ($100 billion above the market consensus), the question is, how much lower can the dollar go? In other words, how much higher can crude oil go?

  • Natural gas production in the Lower 48 U.S. increased for the seventh time this year in August. According to the EIA’s 914-Survey, month-on-month output rose by 1.8% to a record 65.79 Bcf/day, writes Stephen Schork.

  • Schork: Politics, Elections & Energy Tuesday, 2 Nov 2010 | 9:42 AM ET

    This White House failed to appreciate the true mess they inherited and instead focused its energy on exploiting the financial crisis to further its redistributionist mission to transfer money from the haves to the have-nots, i.e. from the productive side of the economy to the unproductive side of the economy.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Feeling Bullish on NatGas Monday, 1 Nov 2010 | 10:25 AM ET

    However, all goods things must come to end and for gas bears we believe it has. As we noted throughout October, the historical tendency is for gas to rally (and peak) in the fourth quarter.

  • Apropos yesterday’s Trading the Technicals section… have the bears in natural gas hit rock bottom? Perhaps. Over the last three weeks ended Monday, spot natural gas futures for December delivery fell by 17%, from a 4.207 high print on October 7th to a 3.500 low print on October 25th. This selloff was fueled by a large influx of bearish money, writes Stephen Schork.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Where Is All That Oil at Cushing? Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 9:34 AM ET

    Over the last five weeks crude oil supplies in the U.S. have increased by 7.87 MMbbls. That is virtually spot-on to the seasonal norm. Supplies at the NYMEX delivery hub in Cushing, OK have dropped by 1.09 MMbbls. That too is well within the parameter of the seasonal norm, but it is not the flood of oil we were expecting, writes Stephen Schork.

  • Schork: Consumer Confidence Sluggish, but Up Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 10:32 AM ET

    Tuesday saw the Conference Board’s consumer confidence index rise to 50.2 in October, above the 49.9 expected by analysts but still sluggish compared to historical norms. September was revised slightly higher from 48.5 to 48.6., writes Stephen Schork.

  • Yesterday China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NRDC) announced that it would be increasing retail gasoline and diesel prices by 3%. This would negate the ~3.00% cuts seen in June, writes Stephen Schork.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: The $64 Question Monday, 25 Oct 2010 | 12:48 PM ET

    Our confidence in our liquid’s view increased last week, but with QE2 potentially a week away, we can assure you that we are not overconfident. As far as natural gas goes, the market never looked more bearish. Therefore, our confidence here remains high.

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    Stating that natural gas injections have come in higher than normal would be… an understatement.

  • Schork Oil Outlook: Have Producers Lost Incentive? Wednesday, 20 Oct 2010 | 11:46 AM ET

    The CPI/PPI ratio has implications for the economy on a much larger level. The CPI/PPI ratio can be considered the producers’ “incentive to produce”; an increase implies that producers were able to pass on higher costs to consumers.

  • It has been two weeks since analysts here at The Schork Report switched our technical daily bias in the Nymex liquids from bullish to bearish. In the aggregate we have been correct, but we are not yet convinced the bears have what it takes for a significant selloff...

  • Two days ago the Ceridian-UCLA Pulse of Commerce Index came out with a rather troubling outlook. For those new to the index, it is published by the UCLA Anderson School of Management and Charles River Associates and tracks fuel consumption data for over-the-road trucking, writes Stephen Schork.