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Posts Tagged ‘smart grids’

0 Nov 9 2012 @ 10:34am by Matt Smith in Blog, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, risk management

Burrito bites

It’s been another stormy week in commodityland™, as the election and a nor’easter have caused extreme turbulence for oil and natural gas respectively. Oil rallied prior to the election result, only to immediately look ahead to a looming ‘fiscal cliff’ and sell off with vehemence. As for natty, it has moved lower in the face of inclement conditions in the Northeast, as it looks to better times next week and record storage. Enough looking back, here comes the weekend and the snacks:

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0 Mar 2 2012 @ 10:19am by Matt Smith in Blog, Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Random

Burrito Bites

March madness has started early this year, with misplaced rumors of a Saudi pipeline explosion and a bearish storage number bludgeoning natural gas 6% lower (admittedly only 15 cents, but hey). Nonfarm Friday fun is delayed until next week, leaving us stuck waiting (like the panda to the left) for further signposts for the US economy. But as the weekend awaits…quick, grab your plate: » read more

0 Oct 14 2011 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas

Burrito Bites

Where have you been?! Your dinner's on the table!

Wowee, mid-October already. Despite Halloween and the prospect of scares ahead, general markets have mustered a kangaroo-like jump higher. Crude has rallied well into double-digits in percentage terms since the lows of last week – as have equities – as economic data and hopes of containment for the Euro debt crisis (am sounding like a broken record, I know) improve. Natural gas, meanwhile, has plumbed the depths of the lows of the year, but is now seeing some support from the onset of winter temperatures on the horizon. Lots to digest – let’s hit the bitefest: » read more

0 Oct 29 2010 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Crude Oil, Global Energy, Natural Gas, UK natural gas

Burrito Bites

Time flies when you’re having fun, hence October has twisted through at the speed of a Midwestern tornado. Monday sees November arrive on our doorstep, complete with a duffel bag full of data. As for this week,  US natural gas has seen a prompt month rollover propelling it to within grasping distance of $4 (cooler weather and a busy tail-end of hurricane season is lending support), while crude has spent the entire tenth month of this year bouncing around but bracketed inbetwixt $79-$84. Next week is gonna be as much fun as Halloween – but hopefully long on treats and short on spooks. Candy carriers at the ready:  » read more

0 Feb 26 2010 @ 10:55am by Matt Smith in Capital Markets, Economy, Global Energy, Natural Gas, Technology

Burrito Bites

Happy Friday! This week has been distinctly dominated by dark clouds and impending economic storms on the horizon. Economic data has been consistent (in that it has been consistently downbeat), while next week brings a new month and a new set of data – sweaty-palm time if you have placed all your chips on rising markets. As for life here in energyburritoland, I have gained some interesting perspectives on energy markets this week. There’s fascinating stuff going on in natural gas, as prices fall while storage levels deplete (now at a deficit versus last year). And while colder weather is being scapegoated for the increase in demand, in reality it seems its the (improving) economy, stupid. (smokescreened by enfeebled economic sentiment). And just to provide a contrast, crude oil and US crude product prices continue to exhibit strength while demand has nipped out to go to the store and not returned…in 18 months. Anyhow, here’s to a weekend of downing tools and raising hell toasts: 

This clown was caught speeding. Seriously.  

Natural gas may help cut emissions. (ya think?!).

–Life is creating smarter grids, appliances and consumers.

–This weightlifting ant is able to bench press 100 times its bodyweight. Without breaking a sweat.

–The next three links are like a burrito bite of burrito bites dedicated to Google. First up, as someone who uses about 17 different Google applications, I really should realize there is no such thing as a free lunch – big Googlebrother is watching you. 

–Then there is more – big Googlebrother is also playing (in the energy markets). 

–And finally, courtesy of big Googlebrother Earth via Treehugger, US military airplane graveyard

–Headline of the week: The Best Way To Enjoy Wine: Try Overpaying. (Aw, c’mon, wine snobs: we all know it’s true).  

–There’s been more hype about this in the energy world this week than a new Apple iproduct… a ‘power plant in a box’ from Bloom Energy.

Competition for the oddest book title of the year. This year’s shortlist contains book titles including worm hunters, lethal robots and Nazi spoons, with previous champions being “Bombproof Your Horse” and “Living With Crazy Buttocks.”

The Burrito Deluxe Award of the week goes to San Francisco Fed’s Janet Yellen. Like a port in a storm, she was once again the voice of reason this week, telling it like it is on the US economy. If David Rosenberg is Batman, Janet Yellen is Wonderwoman. 

The Burnt Burrito Award of the week goes to global econonic data this week. There were some bright spots (from GDP upward revisions), but generally, they sucked. Big style.

Have a good one!