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What Determines Oil Futures Prices?

Eight key factors to track when making hedging decisions
What determines oil futures prices? We all know that prices are determined by supply and demand (Economics 101), so in the long run they are determined by global oil production… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/what-determines-oil-futures-prices/

Decennium

Hedge Solutions reviews 10 years of oil market movement
As we look toward a new decade, I thought it might be informative to also look back on the previous 10 years. To help guide this retrospective, I’ve provided some interesting… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/decennium/

Coal Companies Seek Bankruptcy Protection

The mines have closed and now the well of worker benefits is drying up
In October, Murray Energy Corp., the private coal giant filed for Chapter 11 protection. What makes this notable is that it’s the fifth coal company in a string of bankruptcies… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/coal-companies-seek-bankruptcy-protection/

Basis Blowout Ahead?

Warning signs are in place, but several questions remain
This year’s East Coast distillate stock building season seemed to be going well enough from early June through early August. East Coast stock levels were at a deficit to the… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/basis-blowout-ahead/

Risks & Returns

A cursory glance at The Diff. on page 3 of our April 2019 issue shows the New York Harbor price for No. 2 Fuel Oil and No. 2 ULSD resting comfortably just under $2.00, at $1.977 and $1.999 respectively. The Barometer, also on page 3, lists WTI Crude at $5…
A cursory glance at The Diff. on page 3 of our April 2019 issue shows the New York Harbor price for No. 2 Fuel Oil and No. 2 ULSD resting comfortably just under $2.00, at $1.977… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/risks-returns/

Saudi Arabia Damages OPEC’s Credibility

In late 2014, Saudi Arabia, and therefore OPEC, opted to maintain and even increase crude production levels in order to defend market share, even though oil prices would collapse. They dismissed the alternative, which was to decrease output and give up ma…
In late 2014, Saudi Arabia, and therefore OPEC, opted to maintain and even increase crude production levels in order to defend market share, even though oil prices would collapse.… http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/saudi-arabia-damages-opecs-credibility/

Sanctioned

On July 14, 2015, the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council (China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the United States) plus Germany signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) with Iran, known commonly as the Iran …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/sanctioned/

Curtailing Excess Oil Output

It’s certain that global oil supplies are right now extremely excessive. World inventories are substantially above five-year averages, U.S. oil drilling rig counts have increased relentlessly, U.S. projects in the Gulf of Mexico are coming onstream, Libya…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/curtailing-excess-oil-output/

Occidental Beats Out Chevron in Bidding War for Anadarko

On May 9, Occidental Petroleum announced it had entered into a definitive agreement whereby the company will acquire Anadarko Petroleum Corporation for $59 in cash and 0.2934 shares of Occidental common stock per share of Anadarko common stock, in a trans…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/occidental-beats-out-chevron-bidding-war-anadarko/

Pondering the Numbers

Even in summer, marketers can appreciate some thought-provoking data
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/pondering-numbers/

Fixed Differential Could Be a Game Changer

While many dealers and customers are still recovering from the long winter – one of the coldest and most challenging in years – it’s imperative we shift our attention to next season’s price protection programs.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/fixed-differential-could-be-game-changer/

U.S. and Saudis Clamp Down on Iran

Early last month, President Trump announced that the United States is pulling out of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and will reimpose a high level of sanctions on Tehran after a transition period of up to 180 days, to allow companies time to unwind business d…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/us-and-saudis-clamp-down-iran/

Shale Oil’s Rebound Continues

Shale oil is a vital cog in the U.S. energy industry wheel, so it’s advisable to periodically check its status.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/shale-oils-rebound-continues/

Mild Start Pumps Up Inventories

Residential heating oil prices on the East Coast averaged 78.5 cents weaker than the same time last year, at $2.187 per gallon on January 4, according to survey data from the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) State Heating Oil and Propane Program …
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/mild-start-pumps-inventories/

Greater Clarity in Just 30 Minutes

Use these simple metrics to evaluate your company’s financial health
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/greater-clarity-just-30-minutes/

Why the Cash Crunch?

To overcome liquidity challenges, address the underlying problems
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/why-cash-crunch/

Yes, It STILL Makes Sense to Hedge and Offer Price Protection

If this article looks familiar it’s because I am doing a bit of recycling from past columns. I decided it made sense to look backward a bit (about five years). I’m revisiting the questions you likely ask every year about this time. Do you need to offer yo…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/yes-it-still-makes-sense-hedge-and-offer-price-protection/

Ebbs & Flows

Hurricane Harvey slammed into the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 Hurricane, on the night of Friday, August 25. The initial impact was lost offshore oil production and higher crude prices.
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/ebbs-flows/

Jobs Report Raises Doubts About U.S. Economy

At the beginning of June, the Labor Department released a shockingly bad non-farm payrolls report, showing that in May the U.S. economy created only 38,000 jobs against economist expectations for an increase of 164,000 jobs. Furthermore, employers hired 5…
http://oilandenergyonline.com/articles/all/jobs-report-raises-doubts-about-us-economy/

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