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Posts Tagged ‘China’

0 Dec 21 2012 @ 10:33am by Matt Smith in Blog, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random

Burrito bites

Happy 12/21/12! Something big was supposed to happen today but I can’t remember for the life of me what it was. As for our dearly beloved commodities this week, oil has remained under the influence of the fiscal cliff – the skullduggery of it all leaves crude ultimately range-bound and run ragged. As for natural gas, it has shimmied higher on cooler weather outlooks, back to swing around the monkey bar of mid three-dollardom. But enough from me, it’s time for treats: » read more

0 Dec 7 2012 @ 10:54am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Blog, Crude Oil, Economy, energy consulting, Global Energy, Random

Burrito bites

As we charge into December, we see oil and natural gas prices distinctly lacking in the holiday spirit and looking downbeat, as fiscal cliff and Euro woes combine with a lack of wintry weather to spur on sell-offs in the respective commodities. That said, a turnaround in any of these elements could propel either commodity higher, as both seem supported near current levels. Enough fluff, let’s hit up the good stuff:    » read more

7 Nov 8 2012 @ 1:03pm by Matt Smith in Blog, Economy, Global Energy, risk management, Risk Strategy

China’s Unquenchable Thirst For Water

As regular burrito readers will know, China is a hugely huge producer and consumer of commodities. Not only is it the largest global producer of key crops and meat, it has the largest appetite for goods that cover the gamut from rice to rubber, from cotton to copper. But one of its largest addictions has become one of its biggest problems, as it has an unquenchable thirst……for water.  » read more

0 Oct 11 2012 @ 4:02pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, risk management

Reasons to be Cheerful, 1-2-3 (hundred)

I have more reasons than usual to be cheerful this week.  Not only does the burrito celebrate the milestone of reaching 300 posts, but I have also had the glorious experience of attending and speaking at the Inside Commodities conference in Chicago. To complete the treble, I have got to meet one of my heroes, Dennis Gartman.

The conference itself was an incredible event, and I gleaned a huge amount of information (and am still in the process of processing it). But as a starting point, I have written up my notes and am sharing some of the more coherent nuggets of wisdom ascertained: » read more

0 Oct 4 2012 @ 1:15am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

From Oompa Loompas To Oil

I have to confess, I am plagued by an affliction. The more I try and focus on the high-brow stuff, the more I am preoccupied by thoughts of the inane. Hence as I try and get my head around supply and demand in the oil market, my mind drifts off to ‘Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory’ to try and draw comparisons.

Previously here on the burrito we have looked at energy through the lens of everything from super-heroes to rock bands to cartoons; and today we are going to join the dots betwixt oompa loompas and energyland™. » read more