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Posts Tagged ‘shale’

0 Aug 15 2012 @ 1:33pm by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Risk Strategy, Technology

China’s Mission Of Acquisitions

China’s first manned outing into space hasn’t been the only mission the country has been focused on recently. There has been an almost surgical focus by China on foreign acquisitions in the energy space, taken one giant step further by the acquisition of NEXEN by CNOOC (nope, that’s not code, I promise). » read more

0 May 25 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

The sun is shining, and the prospect of a long weekend is upon us. Happy Friday indeed! Unfortunately, there have been storm clouds hovering over Energyland™ all week due to ongoing Eurozone woes, as the clear and present danger of Greece exiting the euro becomes, err, more clear and more present (as the saying goes, change will come when the pain of staying the same is worse than the pain of change).

As for natural gas, prices have been exceedingly choppy but range-bound, as an early-week rally has been replaced by selling due to neutral temperatures on the outlooks and the prospect of coal-to-gas switching now becoming gas-to-coal switching after the recent run up. So my blurb is finito, now have some bites of burrito…

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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

2 Jan 12 2012 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Natural Gas, risk management

In a Galaxy Not So Far, Far Away…

Recently I’ve been sounding like a broken record as I keep referencing how natural gas prices are re-enacting a certain scene from Star Wars.

It’s the one where the Millennium Falcon is being inextricably pulled towards the Death Star by a tractor beam…except in naturalgasworld™, natty is the Millennium Falcon and the Death Star is below the $3 mark. With me so far? Good, good. The analogies, however, do not end there. There is a number of themes which flow through natural gas like the force…and here are but a few. » read more

0 Nov 4 2011 @ 10:56am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito bites

Yep, goats in a tree. Happy Friday, and welcome to another random assortment of educational and odd. Confusion reigns in relation to the European debt crisis as Greece threw a spanner (=ratchet) in the works after last week’s bailout plan had been agreed upon. This week’s bout of economic data has been decidedly mixed – good enough to inspire hope that slow economic growth will continue, but weak enough to provoke wariness and apprehension. Crude oil continues to gauge itself off general market sentiment – swaying like a reed with the news flow – while natural gas sold off after last weekend’s Northeastern snowstorm, only to see bargain-hunting coming back into the market late in the week. Before the weekend respite, let’s hit up the bites:   » read more