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0 Apr 18 2013 @ 4:08pm by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Alphabetti Spaghetti

There has been an acronymtastic set of reports this week from the IEA, IMF, and EIA. So from these nine letters come six charts out of three reports. Alphabetti spaghetti indeed.  » read more

3 Dec 1 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Global Energy, Random, risk management

Energy-related Christmas Gifts

Yep, it’s that time of the year to desperately hunt for what to get Auntie Maude or Uncle Fred for Christmas. But search no longer, my friends.  Here is a collection of energy-related gifts I am sure they would be thrilled to receive: » read more

0 Oct 7 2011 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

Burrito Bites

And we’ve had another week of ridiculous rallies and savagery sell-offs, leaving crude markets…ooh, not all that changed, actually. The European debt crisis has been eased by France/Belgium guaranteeing the bad debt of Dexia, while the ECB has promised further bond purchases to calm default fears. A better-than-expected US employment report has been gladly accepted by markets (note: do not confuse ‘better-than-expected’ with  ‘strong’), while global economic worries continue to bubble away under the surface. Natural gas has spent the week plundering to new low after new low, as warmer outlooks look set to quell some heating demand, while strong supply is omnipresent. But enough from me, hark, bites to see: » read more

0 Jul 2 2010 @ 9:30am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

It's complicated.

Commodity markets; they never get any simpler, do they? As soon as we start to see some weakness in crude oil, uprises the uprising in US natural gas, while bonds continue to rally and equities get stomped on. A long-needed long-weekend stretches out in front of us to give us time to roll up our sleeves and mentally prepare for Q3 2010; it’s gonna be a good ‘un. In the meantime, let’s stack up the snacks and pile up our plates:   

–A wee bit contentious… doing nothing might have been best for the oil spill.  

–Would Cleveland be better off with Lebron James or a new DaimlerChrysler Plant?  

–US shale wave ripples worldwide

Busting Gulf oil spill myths, such as oily rain.  

–Cul de Sacs and 11 other unexpected things that make you fat.  

The future of natural gas by MIT (a comprehensive 104 pages long).  

–NYT bestsellers as economic indicators.  

–Wood biomass – pros and cons.  

Power from thin air – sending wireless energy.  

Per-capita emissions in China are rising.  

–Forget tomatoes powering lights, potatoes may power the batteries of the future. (caveat: they may not).  

–California considering digital number plates so they can show advertisements in traffic.  

–A survey shows what people think 2050 is going to be like.  

–The Econ Gangs of New York.  

–Behavioral economics on the best way to spend a vacation.  

Stock markets and the World Cup (=stoopid game).  

–Keep your fruit, I want a meat-flavored vodka.  

This week’s Burrito Deluxe Award goes to the euro, for a phoenix-from-the-flames recovery. Or maybe it’s just the lipstick applied to the PIIGS  this week that has made them a little more attractive…  

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to crude oil, for spending the week cruisin’ for a bruisin’.  

Happy 4th July and the long weekend it brings!

0 Jun 21 2010 @ 10:43am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

Happy Monday, and welcome to what is apparently the happiest day of the year!

Turns out there was lots of good stuff as I caught up on research this weekend, so here’s some of it. A great week unfurls out in front of us, kicked off by China’s announcement over the weekend to float the Yuan. This week sees a whole host of economic data (with a heavy tilt toward housing), while in Energyburritoville(tm), a keen eye is being kept on our dearly beloved commodities, as both crude and natty are set to fight out jedi-like battles to stay above key support. Burrito bites will follow on Friday, as well as a midweek post, and another guest post with the Houston Chronicle inbetwixt. Until then, care for a nibble?:  

–I say tomato, you say tomato; I say BP, you say British Petroleum.

–And following that point, how British is BP anyway?

–2010 is the hottest year on record thus far say NOAA.

Chinese rainbow fields.

Crouching oil, hidden coal.

The Carbon Footprint of The World Cup.

–Shale gas keeps getting sexier (their words, not mine).

–Go, pub power!

–Lowering the speed limit to 50 mph could reduce CO2 by 30%.

–Liars betray their actions through drawings.

–China shopping spree makes up a good portion of global M&A.

–The ECRI leading index – one we have visited before – could be signalling double dip territory.

Anyone seen E.T.?

there he is!

Top 50 performers in the S&P.

–Go on, my son….Algae biodiesel pricing in at $60 – $80

–Man escapes hell’s angels with puppy, escapes on a stolen bull-dozer.

This (i.e. last) week’s Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to any prospect or client who attended the event which launched our UK office – bravo and good on you!

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week is wrestled out of the hands of BP and thrust into the hands of the US economy. ‘The US economy has probably begun a lasting recovery, but the outlook has become more uncertain in recent weeks’ said Lawrence Summers, President Obama’s top economic adviser. Eeek.

Have a good week – may your days feel short and your lunch hours long!