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Posts Tagged ‘Middle East’

0 Mar 11 2011 @ 10:57am by Matt Smith in Biofuels, Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

As we head towards the end of another week of turmoil in the Middle East, escalating violence has escalated the skittishness of crude markets. Then the so-called ‘day of rage’ in Saudi Arabia today has been overshadowed by the devastating earthquake (and tsunami) in Japan, sending crude spiraling lower. The natural gas market, on the other hand, has been rather serene in comparison, floating inbetwixt $3.80 – $4. European sovereign debt concerns have reared up once more, with Greece, Portugal and Spain playing musical chairs as to who may default next. China’s deficit gave us a sign their economy may well be slowing, but in reality, all eyes have been on Libya and the potential outfall to the worst case scenario that is Saudi Arabia…until tsunamis and earthquakes. Let’s be grateful for small mercies, and little snacks:   » read more

2 Mar 3 2011 @ 10:58am by Matt Smith in Blog, Crude Oil, Global Energy, risk management

From Silence To A Caterwaul

As I was talking to somebody yesterday about the unrest in MENA and its potential impact on the global crude complex, I realized how completely immersed in the situation I have become. Therefore I figured it would be useful to highlight some of the more pertinent facts and figures involved, as they explain exactly why the crude complex is going ballistic at the moment. A good place to start is by taking a look at the bigger picture – literally – to see how the land lies, and where the potential dominoes may fall: » read more

3 Feb 28 2011 @ 10:59am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

File Under: Early Start, Monday Morning

I was fortunate enough to be invited back onto CNBC this morning to discuss the continued unrest in the Middle East, and its subsequent impact on oil prices. Double bonus was that St Louis Federal Reserve President James Bullard was a co-host, although he declined the opportunity to ‘grill me’, despite anchor Joe Kernen’s kind offer.

Hark, click on the mugshot to launch the clip:

2 Feb 25 2011 @ 10:45am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

What a week it has been; the first day seemed like a week and the second day seemed like five days. In another week dominated by the unrest in the Middle East, WTI crude oil is set for its biggest weekly increase in two years, as fear builds in a sizeable premium to prices. As for natural gas, it has touched a three-month low before finding support around the $3.85ish level, as the last gasp of wintry weather (yes, wishful thinking) is duking it out with a storage level eyeing a flip-flop back to a surplus versus last year. Let’s finish this week up and chow down: » read more

0 Feb 25 2011 @ 10:20am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy

File Under: Just A Snippet

Yesterday’s segment on Fox Business went on for a while, but here’s just the first four minutes or so, and I only talk in the first minute . And there’s no clown bow-tie either…sorry.

Hark, click on the below to see the snippet: