Archive for the ‘Random’ Category

0 Mar 12 2014 @ 4:27pm by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Random, risk management

And Now For Something Completely Different…

Mooching through Commodityland™ I have once again been led down the garden path by energy-linked commodities, but just not in the typical sense. So read on to learn about sugar highs and caffeine buzzes, and other markets going oatso crazy. » read more

0 Sep 20 2013 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random

Burrito bites

Happy Friday! Crude prices have headed lower this week as Syrian tensions ease…only to be propelled higher by non-tapering…only to be ushered lower by the reason for non-tapering (economy not strong enough). Meanwhile, natural gas rallied on expectations for a bullish storage number, only to retrace when it materialized. As higher temperatures wane and the peak of hurricane season passes, prices settle down around the 200-day average. Snacks ahoy! » read more

0 Sep 6 2013 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random

Burrito bites

Good day, and I bid you happy Friday! Energyland™ continues to be on one heck of a rollercoaster ride, with crude oil’s direction this week mostly dictated by the tension in the Middle East. Rising tension = rising prices. As for natural gas, its recent rally has run out of steam as a lack of hurricane activity as we approach the peak of the season (hark, on Tuesday) has spurred on selling, while late-summer heat is not enough to drive on demand to bring on further buying. Snacks ahoy! » read more

2 Aug 23 2013 @ 10:23am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Natural Gas, Random

The Long and Short Of It

Just as I was about to write about the long side of markets, I read about the latest twists and turns in a fascinating story on the short side of things: a potential global helium shortage. And yes, I fought long and hard against the urge to use a pun in the title…‘helium market deflates’… ‘helium worries balloon’…’helium market blowing up’ ….etc, etc, etc. » read more

0 Aug 2 2013 @ 7:33am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Random

Why China is Twisting My Melon

Twisting my melon‘ is a British phrase to describe being confused to the point of annoyance. The reason I bring it up is because it describes how I feel about China – and particularly in recent weeks – as contrasting and contradictory news have been undermining my convictions about the leading emerging market. So in my quest to untwist said melon, I present henceforth some observations on the matter. » read more