Oilman Harold Hamm says the Saudi hard line on production has turned the Russian "ruble into rubble" while also squeezing U.S. producers.» Read More
Kevin Book: SPR Decision Is a Message to OPEC and Speculators
Gasoline prices should drop more quickly now that governments are stepping in to pump up world oil supplies, but drivers are still unlikely to see last summer's levels below $3 a gallon.
Gasoline supplies in the U.S. ticked down last week. According to yesterday's weekly update from the DOE, total supplies of gasoline fell by 0.46 MMbbls or -0.2%. Current supplies of 214.6 MMbbls stand comfortably atop the seasonal range.
The news that 60 million barrels of oil will be released into the global energy markets is really about the White House finally recognizing what millions of American families already know: the economy is still too weak, the recovery too slow, and they need to try something new.
FAQs on IEA, Oil, and the Strategic Petroleum Reserve
Despite political uncertainty induced by recent social turmoil, the Arabic Gulf region can remain attractive to Western investors, experts told CNBC on Wednesday.
Here is what we think the FTC is going to find… nothing, zilch, nada, no evidence whatsoever of market manipulation. After all, the days of Standard Oil are long gone. We are pretty sure Senator Rockefeller is aware of that.
Whereas temperatures in the western third of the country posted one of the coldest Mays on record, Texas notched its 21st warmest month. Markets along the eastern seaboard, from Virginia to Maine, posted one of the warmest Mays on record.
The mid $90s had been an area that attracted buying interest ever since Middle East experts began incorporating the contagion noun in their repertoire back in February.
As oil drops to its lowest price in four months, a former president of Shell USA Operations cautions that this decrease is the "pause that refreshes" and that oil will increase again due to a pick up in demand and an insufficient supply to meet it.
Saudi women are planning to take to the streets on Friday, not to push for democratic reforms, as has been a common theme in the Arab Spring, but for the right to drive.
Given that we have been short WTI a heck of lot more times than we have been long on it this year, that question almost seems absurd to us.
As Mr. Bernanke observed, interest rates would likely rise on a disruption to the U.S.’ debt obligations. However, political brinkmanship notwithstanding, interest rates are about to rise anyway. For instance, China has lost its appetite for U.S. debt (especially short-term debt) since the Fed went ahead last fall with a second round of quantitative easing.
A plan that would have tapped into the strategic petroleum reserves was one of many idea President Obama has considered to bring down the price of oil, Energy Secretary Steven Chu told CNBC Wednesday.
Natural gas production in the Lower-48 U.S. rose for the first time this year to finish the first quarter. The net storage position finished March at a 4.68 Bcf/d surplus. That was the highest high in three seasons.
Before the bulls get carried away, they should keep in mind that given aforementioned fissures, what’s necessary for OPEC is no longer necessary for its members.
After six straight down weeks, stocks could get rocked in the week ahead amid a slew of economic reports. "Sentiment is still falling," one strategist said, though added that it "hasn't dropped into panic territory."
The killing of Osama bin Laden was a fine CIA and Navy SEAL operation but unless it breaks OPEC's monopoly on oil the U.S. and its allies are still far from secure, warned former Central Intelligence Director James Woolsey.
As OPEC ministers met in Vienna this week it became clear that the cartel is now divided between those wanting to raise output, like Saudi Arabia, and those wanting to hold it and keep prices high.
The bulls trotted gingerly back into the stock market and, if they stick around on Friday, the market could avoid a sixth week of losses. Still, one market strategist cautioned: "It is not the beginning of a new bull market rally."