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Global Stocks Rise, Copper Soars In Thin Holiday Volumes

European stocks are steady in post-Christmas trading if struggling for traction after a mixed session in Asia, amid trading thinned by a holiday-shortened week and ongoing worries about the tech sector; however a strong rally in commodities – including copper and oil – buoyed expectations for a strong 2018 and helped offset concerns over the […]

The Biggest Factors In Future Oil Production

Authored by Ron Patterson via OilPrice.com, This assessment is based on the data in the 2017 BP Statistical Review of World Energy available here. As such it uses that review’s definition of oil which is crude and condensate and natural gas liquids, uncompensated for their different energy contents or values of refined product components. Figure 1: […]

The Top 8 Unknowns In 2018’s Energy Markets

Authored by Peter Tertzakian via OilPrice.com, It’s that time of year when we flip our calendars to a new start. For pundits like me, it’s customary to make a listicle about the year to come – the usual predictions about things like OPEC, energy consumption, commodity prices and electric vehicle sales in China. But I […]

Here Is The One Commodity That Is More Volatile Than Bitcoin

Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE Normal 0 false false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE There has been a lot talk lately – and especially after today's latest crash – regarding how volatile Bitcoin is, and for good reason, Bitcoin’s 30 day realized volatility is a shade under 96% at 95.5%, which […]

If Bitcoin Is A Bubble…

Authored by Erik Norland via CMEGroup.com, Our earlier articles on bitcoin discuss the crypto asset as a currency and a commodity. Both papers focused on the consequences of bitcoin’s defining feature: the asymptotic supply limit of 21 million coins. This gives it an unusual juxtaposition of demand uncertainty and supply certainty (as well as inelasticity). […]

The Depression Of The 1930s Was An Energy Crisis

Authored by Gail Tverberg via Our Finite World blog, Economists, including Ben Bernanke, give all kinds of reasons for the Great Depression of the 1930s. But what if the real reason for the Great Depression was an energy crisis? When I put together a chart of per capita energy consumption since 1820 for a post […]

Anarchist Group Deletes Article Bragging About April Train Track Sabotage Near Monday Derailment

An anarchist group associated with Antifa has deleted an April article bragging about pouring concrete onto railroad tracks in Olympia, WA in an attempt to stop the transportation of fracking equipment over the BNSF railway. The April sabotage by the Puget Sound Anarchists was part of a long-standing protest which included a November raid of an […]

Desperate Britain Forced To Import Russian Gas From Sanction-Targeted Project

We said two days ago that it’s been a tough week for anybody who needs to heat their home or put gasoline in their cars in Britain. The litany of negative events and mishaps includes extremely low temperatures, the shutdown of the Forties pipeline due to a hairline crack and an explosion at one of […]

Frontrunning: December 13

Democrat wins Senate seat in Alabama in blow to Trump (Reuters) Capital Journal: With Alabama Loss, Trump and GOP Face Political Reckoning (WSJ) Democratic Victory Stirs GOP Anxiety Over Midterm Elections (WSJ) Fed Expected to Raise Rates (WSJ) With rate hike in the bag, Fed may hint at Trump effect on economy (Reuters) Fed 2018 […]

Stocks Rebound From “Bama Shock”, All Eyes On Yellen’s Last Rate Hike

After an early slide last night following the stunning news that Doug Jones had defeated Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election, becoming the first Democratic senator from Alabama in a quarter century and reducing the GOP’s Senate majority to the absolute minimum 51-49, US equity futures have quickly rebounded and are once again […]

Huge Hub Explosion Sparks Surge In UK NatGas Prices

It has been a tough week already for those that heat their homes in Britain (and those that trade Natural Gas). Following extreme weather warnings and the forties pipeline crack shutdown, an explosion at one of the Europe’s biggest gas hubs further tightened supplies sending gas futures prices up by the most in 8 years. […]

Futures Flat As FOMC Meeting Begins; Brent Jumps Over $65 For First Time Since 2015

E-mini futures are modestly in the green this morning, though net of fair value the S&P index is poised for another record high open as the FOMC begins its last meeting for 2017 in which it is expected to raise rates by 25bps. European stocks gain while Asian equities slide led by weakness in Chinese […]

Bloomberg Has Identified Buffett’s Successor At Berkshire Hathaway (It Thinks)

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China Launches World’s First All-Electric Cargo Ship

Authored by Zainab Calcuttawala via OilPrice.com, Tesla is not the only one bringing electric engines to cargo transport. China just launched its first all-electric cargo ship, which will travel 50 miles at a top speed of 8 miles per hour on a single charge. Though it will be able to carry 2,200 tons of cargo […]

GE Slashes 12,000 Jobs In Troubled Global Power Business

A day after labor unions warned that General Electric was planning thousands of job cuts in its troubled power-generation unit, GE confirmed that it’s planning to cut 12,000 jobs globally in its power business as the company’s new leadership tries to revive the company’s moribund stock price. The reductions would account for about 18% of […]