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Saudi Arabia Marching to Its Own Oil Production Drum Beat

Date: 13 May 2015

According to OPEC's latest monthly oil report, Saudi Arabia boosted its oil output to 10.31 million barrels per day in April, a slight increase over the previous month's total of 10.29 million barrels. That was enough for the de facto OPEC leader to claim its highest oil production level in more than three decades.

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Can New Technology Save Old Coal?

Date: 7 May 2015

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) new mercury pollution regulations that took effect last month opened the floodgates for a new multi-billion-dollar energy industry that has investors scrambling to get in on second-generation technology poised for massive revenue gains.

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Oil Sector Job Loss Spillover Effects are Unknown

Date: 30 April 2015

Outside of an individual's oil stock holdings, damage to the economy from the fall in oil has been pretty minimal so far. Indeed, the price cut in home heating oil and gasoline has probably outweighed the damage from lower oil prices… so far. Unfortunately, this situation may not last. 

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Could Game-Changing Global Energy Technology Come Courtesy of Elon Musk?

Date: 30 April 2015

Tesla's announcement last week about creating a new line of batteries for use by businesses, consumers, and the electrical grid at large is a game-changer for the industry. Currently, when individuals or companies need back-up power, they usually rely on generators. Effective battery storage for large amounts of energy would be a game changer in that it would enable a separation of generation and use of energy produced through clean fuels like solar and wind power. 

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A Tightening Natural Gas Market May Signal a Price Turnaround

Date: 29 April 2015

Last Friday we finally received confirmation of where all the natural gas supply has been coming from as Cabot (COG) reported its earnings. Just like Chesapeake (CHK), they reduced natural gas output, but on a much grander scale. CHK has yet to report and will do so on May 6 providing even more color on the subject.

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Can an Oil Price War Have More Than One Winner?

Date: 24 April 2015

Even as financial commentators on CNBC are starting to come around to the idea of a bottom in oil prices, the key question for US oil producers remains one of timing. How long will the oil price slump last? Is this a relatively short-term event like 2008, or a longer term slump like the one in the mid 1980’s? After the oil price crash in 1985, it took almost twenty years for prices to revert to previous levels.

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Global Water Demand Threatens to Outpace Supply Alarmingly Soon

Date: 15 April 2015

Globally, water demand is threatening to dangerously outpace supply, while in the US, dry states such as Texas and California are suffering from shortages and the future forebodes more suffering. For the North American shale boom, the lack of water is suffocating. Amid this doom and gloom, a water revolution emerges, led by energy industry figures who realized the endless potential of tapping into new water sources and processing them with advanced desalination technology that, for the first time ever, is economically feasible.

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Are OPEC's Days Numbered?

Date: 10 April 2015

OPEC has been the most talked about international organization among investors, analysts and international political lobbies in the last few months.

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Misperceptions about Oil Prices - the Top 12

Date: 9 April 2015

The upstream oil and gas industry is not a black hole. There's no mystery wrapped in an enigma here.

 

There are many meetings with engineers, chemists and geologists. There's a constantly evolving learning curve. Then there's all the regulations and compliance. But all-in-all it's pretty straight forward, that is, until the media gets a hold of it. That's when it becomes complicated. It's as though we are getting reports from the mysteries of the deep ocean or life in the great galaxies beyond. There is so much hyperbole and unsupported guesswork that investors don't have a chance. So, in a small effort to set the record straight, let's see if we can't dispel some of the misinformation. 

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The Oracle Says No to Oil

Date: 2 April 2015

Recently, Warren Buffett has made headlines by selling all of his shares in Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), the rest of his position in ConocoPhillips (NYSE:COP), and reducing his stake in National Oilwell Varco. This has people wondering if the glory days of oil investing are over.

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Politics and Economics are Working Against Argentina's Potential Shale Revolution

Date: 1 April 2015

Argentina, once a regional energy leader, now seems known for financial busts and bombastic politicians than hydrocarbons prospects. Still, with a resource potential both vast and untapped, the nation has never been far from energy investors' minds. The question today is just how much Argentina is willing to change and how this plays into a low oil price environment that is already negatively impacting investment elsewhere.

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Are You Ready to Let Your Car do the Driving?

Date: 27 March 2015

The newest Mercedes autonomous car looks like a car on the outside but like a lounge on the inside, with four swivel seats facing each other in a multimedia bubble of padded leather and walnut veneer. 

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Oil Industry Job-Shedding Continues at a Torrid Pace

Date: 19 March 2015

This time a year ago, the oil industry’s biggest problem was finding a way to deal with the "retirement tsunami" about to crash down on it as older oilfield workers hung up their cork boots to enjoy freedom-55. Now, with oil prices still in the doldrums, many of those same workers are lucky to be hanging onto their jobs, while others dropped from the payroll as an ugly wave of layoffs takes hold. 

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Low Oil Prices are Helping U.S. Consumers, but for How Long?

Date: 12 March 2015

Lest we be too quick to forget whence we came, America is now 9-months into lower gasoline prices, which started their swoon the week of June 30, 2015 from a lofty national average just under $3.70, tumbling almost every subsequent week before bottoming and bouncing from $2.02 the end of January, according to gasbuddy.com. 

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Oil Price Analysis has Led All of the Way to the Creation of #Rigcountguesses

Date: 11 March 2015

Predicting and diagnosing the trajectory of oil prices has become something of a cottage industry in the past year. But along with all of the excess crude flowing from the oil patch, there is also an abundance of market indicators that while important, tend to produce a lot of noise that makes any accurate estimate nearly impossible.

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Consider These Factors When Pondering Indefinite Cheap Oil

Date: 4 March 2015

Oil's rapid decline since August of last year has been dramatic. To listen to some commentators you would also think it is unprecedented and irreversible. Those claiming that oil will continue to fall from here and remain low for evermore, however, are flying in the face of both history and common sense. The question we should be asking ourselves is not if oil prices will recover, but when they will. 

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