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Could the Outcome of the Algiers Talks Move Oil Prices?

Date: 28 September 2016

Saudi Arabia and Iran may yet come to terms on some sort of production arrangement, but the outcome of the negotiations in Algeria this week may not do much to rescue oil prices. Following the media spectacle, the oil markets may have to shift their attention back to the supply and demand fundamentals, which are not reassuring.

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Fracking to Sand: Thank You

Date: 21 September 2016

The late-2014, Saudi-initiated oil-price war may have taken the 'boom' out of the US shale industry as it seriously threatened OPEC market share, but Saudi victory has been elusive: US shale has proven amazingly resilient. The industry has adapted quickly to the new playing field, and the unsung hero of a new uptick in drilling and investment isn't just true grit—it's sand.

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Oil & Gas Equipment Manufacturers will be Slow to Recover

Date: 8 September 2016

Oilfield services, shipbuilders and other industries that rose with the pre-2014 oil price boom have had it hard. Since barrel rates fell, their previous patrons have become uninterested in doling out major purchase orders, leaving oil and gas equipment manufacturers without revenues.

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Are You a 'Lithium Skeptic'?

Date: 25 August 2016

We have gone electric, and there is no going back at this point. Lithium is our new fuel, but like fossil fuels, the reserves we are currently tapping into are finite—and that is what investors can take to the bank.

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Saudi Arabia Plays a Balancing Act

Date: 24 August 2016

It's possible that OPEC is crying wolf with hints of an output freeze next month in Algiers; but it's also possible that they are ramping up production to take the sting out of a freeze. This is a delicate balancing act that the Saudis need to play very carefully.

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Stacking the Deck before the Next OPEC Meeting

Date: 19 August 2016

Saudi Arabia suggests it may be increasing its August crude output to a new all-time high as it could give it more leverage to influence the September informal talks on a possible production freeze, Reuters reported on Wednesday, citing industry sources. 

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Could there have been Oil and Dinosaurs?

Date: 21 July 2016

What killed the dinosaurs? It's a question as old as – well the dinosaurs themselves, and one that everyone from schoolchildren to scientists have been asking for decades. Movies like Jurassic Park and the Land Before Time only heighten that sense of wonder and raise the stakes behind that question. Now according to a new scientific study, it seems that black gold may have been the source of the dinos' demise.

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Lithium's Run is Likely not Over

Date: 19 July 2016

So far, lithium has been the hottest metal of 2016, beating out gold, with exponential demand expected over the coming years. Although the price trajectory of the metal has been subdued in recent months, the fundamentals behind the long-term trajectory suggest strong potential for long-term growth. Price doubling from 2014/2015 was first seen in China and is now being felt worldwide, with lithium hydroxide prices from $16-20 and carbonate prices from $12-14 thousand USD per ton.

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(Re) Calling All Oil Workers

Date: 12 July 2016

The rig count has rebounded from the lows seen in late May; a small indication that oil companies in the U.S. could begin drilling anew. Shale drilling is a short-cycle prospect, requiring only a few weeks to drill and bring a well online. Because of this, the collective U.S. shale industry has been likened to the new "swing producer": low oil prices force quick cutbacks but higher prices trigger new supplies. In essence, shale could balance the market in the way OPEC used to.

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More Rigs could be the Oil Rally's Greatest Foe

Date: 11 July 2016

In an industry where anything could happen, surprises—often unwelcomed—are hard to come by. Oil is exactly such an industry at the moment. No one is sure where oil is heading, near-term forecasts range from $20 to $80 per barrel by the end of the year, and there are just too many wild cards on the scene.

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Don't be so Quick to Judge Nuclear Power

Date: 7 July 2016

Let us for a second imagine a world without nuclear energy. That is a tough one but let us try. No nuclear bombs, of course, no Chernobyl and Fukushima, no worries about Iran and North Korea. A wonderful world, maybe? 

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What's not to Like about Potash?

Date: 27 June 2016

We are on the precipice of a food fight among 7 billion people, and potash will be right at the center of it.  If you can add 200,000 people every day to the global population and account for a significant loss of farmland at the same time, you can begin to understand the dire food situation facing the planet. This is why potash is so important: It’s the fundamental element that everyone takes for granted, despite the fact that a projected 7.7 billion lives will depend upon it by 2020.

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An Oil Drilling and Service Catch 22

Date: 22 June 2016

The impact of rising oil prices on North American light tight oil (LTO) production is said to be a “Catch 22”, the title of Joseph Heller’s popular 1961 novel set in WWII. The premise was you could get out of the army if you were crazy but you weren’t crazy to try to get out of the army. Therefore, this avenue to escape the war didn’t work for the book’s main character John Yossarian.

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Uranium Bottom: Are We There Yet?

Date: 15 June 2016

With prices set to double by 2018, we've seen the bottom of the uranium market, and the negative sentiment that has followed this resource around despite strong fundamentals, is starting to change.

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Is Gold Back?

Date: 9 June 2016

It wasn't so long ago that some of the more famous investor gurus were shrugging off gold as nothing more than shiny trinkets with no investment value. They were wrong. This safe haven is back, the recovery is clear, and there have been some very big changes of heart.

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Could Cuts Now Create Oil Production Supply Reductions Later?

Date: 31 May 2016

Total global oil production could decline for the next several years in a row as scarce new sources of supply come online.  According to data from Rystad Energy, overall global oil output will fall this year as natural depletion overwhelms all new sources of supply. However, the deficit will only widen in the years ahead due to the dramatic scaling back in spending on new exploration and development.

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Oil, Lithium, and the Global Energy Situation

Date: 26 May 2016

The energy sector was certainly a bargain in January, but no one really knows where oil will be around Christmas. While we may have already seen the bottom, stock prices are not the bargain they were.  There are other plays. Think electric vehicles and even driverless cars. Find what's undervalued now and get in on some of the games that will dictate glorious future wealth.

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