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Bankrupt Venezuela Is Demanding Oil From JV Partners Without Payment

Now that Venezuela, and its state-owned petroleum company PDVSA, were both officially declared in default on their debt by ISDA last Friday, analysts were closely watching what the insolvent Maduro government would do next, now that it is – at least on paper – isolated from most international capital markets (with the occasional loophole when […]


India, China, U.S., Complain Of Venezuelan Crude Oil Quality Issues

Authored by Zainab Calcuttawala via OilPrice.com, Venezuela’s Indian, Chinese, and American clients are complaining that crude shipments from PDVSA are poor in quality and are resulting in demands for discounts and returned shipments, according to a new report by Reuters, including interviews with over a dozen sources and supporting documents. The disputes involve the contamination […]


Next Up For Venezuela: PDVSA’s Inevitable Default

Authored by Saxo Bank's head of macro analysis Christopher Dembik via TradingFloor.com, A Venezuelan default is only a matter of time. While debt servicing has been a government priority, declining external liquidity and a deteriorating domestic situation (three-digit hyperinflation, shortages, and a political crisis between the government and the National Assembly) make it a daunting […]


Gasoline Prices Tumble As Refiners Resume Operations

RBOB Gasoline futures tumbled to their lowest level in almost a week overnnight as several US Gulf Coast refineries reported their plans to restart operations after the devastation of Hurricane Harvey forced them to shutdown. While about one-fifth of U.S. refining capacity is halted, according to data compiled by Bloomberg, some plants including those operated by Citgo […]


China Slams White House For Latest Sanctions On “Close Ally” Venezuela

Shortly after the White House unveiled new sanctions last Friday against Venezuela while prohibiting U.S. trading in various bonds issued by the country (while exempting the notorious Goldman “Hunger Bonds”), Venezuela’s “close ally” China slammed the latest diplomatic crackdown and said on Monday that external interference and unilateral sanctions only make things “more complicated and […]


Big Oil Nervous As Venezuela’s Maduro Seizes More Power

Authored by Tsvetana Paraskova via OilPrice.com, The pro-government constitutional assembly loyal to Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro seized the powers of the opposition-led congress today, in a move that necessarily has Big Oil nervous that Trump will make good on his economic sanctions threat. Maduro’s bold political move on Friday means further intensifies the dramatic decline […]