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Posts Tagged ‘gasoline’

0 Jan 13 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Happy Friday 13th! And it is indeed turning out to be an unlucky day for markets, as credit downgrades to European countries have scuppered the goodwill that had been carefully constructed in the last week.

Crude had already been pressured back into double-digitdom by the likely delay to an oil embargo on Iran by the EU, while natural gas has plundered lower and lower on moderate weather outlooks, and both rampant storage surpluses and supply. But enough from me, let’s hit the treats.   » read more

0 Oct 28 2011 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Happy Halloween weekend, as we make it to the end of another week. General markets have surprisingly been shy of both scares and bears, as the cup of positive sentiment overfloweth after European leaders managed to defer their problems carve out a last minute agreement to halve the value of Greek debt and inflate the Euro bailout fund to €1 trillion (whoop! whoop! let’s party!). The crude complex has rallied like a banshee on hope, hope, and hope², while natural gas has seen a stronger December contract roll onto the board and run higher as the first bout of winter (hark, snow for NY) hits the US. Enjoy the weekend, enjoy the frights; but for now..burrito bites:  » read more

2 Oct 13 2011 @ 10:10am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Random, risk management

It’s Sky-way or the Highway! (Aviation or Automobile Quiz)

In the last week I have been doing some digging into the topic of flight. But rather than just throw out some random facts, I figured I’d make you do the work. So here are ten questions from which you simply need to decide what form of transport it relates to: aviation or automobile. There is even a bonus question at the end with a chance to win a prize. If that’s not enough of an incentive to make you read on, then, err…don’t. Grab a pen, and let’s play! » read more

2 Aug 5 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management

Burrito bites

Yola! As you may well know, the first Friday of each month is my favorite day of the month, as the release of official US unemployment data brings unrivalled, voracious volatility to financial markets. But this week has been like a week of Nonfarm Fridays, as markets have twisted and turned, and ultimately, tumbled.

Monday’s debt ceiling resolution has been completely overshadowed by a bludgeoning bout of bad economic data, while today’s marginally upbeat employment data have been seemingly unable to resuscitate risk appetite. Crude has been down double digits in dollars this week, while natural gas has fallen back into three-dollardom. The move on natty is less to do with the economic panic, and more to do with another decent weekly injection into storage, moderating temperatures / tropical activity, while crude’s move is saying the end of the world recovery is nigh. Anyway, after this week’s acerbic swings, it is time to sit back and chill, with these not-so-bitter pills: » read more

1 May 18 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, energy consulting, Global Energy

Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered: Gasoline, Crude, Natural Gas, and Ella Fitzgerald

Ella Fitzgerald is absolutely brilliant. She has the most rabble-rousingly glorious voice which cannot help but inspire. So by borrowing a few song sheets from her extensive back catalogue, I’m going to elaborate on some of the key issues in energy through ‘The First Lady of Song’. First up we’re going to take a look at gasoline, which is ‘Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered’.

After writing this post a couple of months ago about how gas prices could land a telling blow to the US economy, they have achieved a psychological breaking point for the consumer as we have recently reached $3.98 on the national retail average. » read more