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It’s Not All Gloom And Doom For Texas Energy Sector, Despite Lower Oil PricesNovember 04, 2019
Oil companies are responding to low prices by taking rigs offline, but wind and natural gas production is growing. Matt Smith discusses the sunnier side of the Texas energy sector in his latest Texas Standard radio installment.
US-Iran standoff moves from high seas to dry landOctober 31, 2019
A simmering regional standoff between the US and Iran shifted from the high seas to dry land over the past two weeks, as street protests from Beirut to Baghdad challenge existing political orders and alliances.“Popular protests in the Middle East cannot be separated from the confrontation that is going on between [the United States and Iran,” ClipperData Geopolitical Analyst Noam Raydan told Asia Times.
¿Están enfermas las democracias latinoamericanas?October 26, 2019
The serious protests in Chile and Ecuador, the shadow of fraud in Bolivia, the closing of the congress in Peru, etc., reflect that the region is in crisis due to a sum of factors: institutional weakness, economic frustration and endemic corruption. “The protests in the region go beyond the political spectrums of the right and left, they are related to the discontent of the people," said ClipperData Latin America geopolitical analyst, Amir Richani.
India’s crude oil imports surge 30% in OctoberOctober 25, 2019
Indian crude oil imports have surpassed the 5 million-barrels-per-day mark thus far in October, increasing by over 30% compared to September, according to ClipperData. The surge in imports reflect higher shipments from Arab countries such as Kuwait and Qatar, other than the traditional top suppliers Iraq and Saudi Arabia.
U.S. crude stocks drop as imports slide, refineries boost output: EIAOctober 23, 2019
U.S. crude stocks fell last week as refineries hiked output and net imports slid to the lowest on record, while gasoline and distillate inventories declined, the Energy Information Administration said on Wednesday. Crude inventories fell by 1.7 million barrels in the week ended Oct. 18, compared with analysts’ expectations for an increase of 2.2 million barrels.
https://www.wsj.com/articles/venezuela-can-afford-payment-to-keep-control-of-citgo-creditor-lawyer-says-11571673301October 21, 2019
“Citgo at this point is more than Venezuela’s refiner in the U.S.,” said Amir Richani, a risk analyst with ClipperData. “It represents the internal struggle of the country’s politics," he tells the Wall Street Journal.
Traders store LNG on tankers betting on rise in winter demandOctober 19, 2019
Traders are temporarily storing liquefied natural gas (LNG) on tankers as they bet for a rise in winter demand to boost prices. This, combined with U.S. sanctions on COSCO-linked ships, has doubled spot LNG freight rates in the past month and is causing a shortage in availability of vessels, several industry sources said.
Oil rises, supported by U.S. fuel stock draws but weighed by crude buildOctober 16, 2019
Oil prices rose about 1% on Thursday after draws in U.S. fuel inventories, but gains were capped by a larger-than-expected rise in crude stockpiles and a series of weak economic figures.
AgriTalk: October 15, 2019October 15, 2019
Our Director of Research for Agricultural Markets, Ken Smithmier, sat down with Chip Flory of AgriTalk to discuss US/China trade relations, US corn exports and can Chinese soybean demand improve in 2020.
Cost of shipping oil rises as tankers face more attack riskOctober 11, 2019
It’s a worrying time to be in the business of delivering oil in the Middle East. Today, explosions reportedly rocked an Iranian oil tanker as it was steaming through the Red Sea. Details are murky — Iran initially indicated it was a missile attack but it’s unclear exactly what happened.