Could the Next Oil Price Spike Cripple The Industry?

In the following article Andreas de Vries and Dr. Salman Ghouri of Oilprice.com discuss the possibility of oil price spikes crippling the oil industry. At first blush that seems highly unlikely.  After all the oil industry is critical to powering the … [Read more...]

The Technical Failure That Could Clear The Oil Glut In A Matter Of Weeks

The following article by Cyril Widdershoven of Oilprice.com takes a look at the recent technical glitch that could cut Saudi production by as much as 900,000 barrels per day. Many Middle East oil fields are aging and are experiencing technical … [Read more...]

Is A Big Move In Oil Prices Due?

On November 30th 2016, Bloomberg trumpeted the following headline, OPEC Confounds Skeptics, Agrees to First Oil Cuts in 8 Years. On the day before, (i.e. November 29th) oil prices had plunged 2.5% and the NYMEX Oil ETF was trading at $11.34 and the … [Read more...]

Where Will Oil Prices Be in 2020?

The oil industry is notoriously cyclical. Perhaps because it takes so long to bring new supply on-line. As prices rise and the industry blossoms the oil machinery kicks into gear. Independants locate the oil and the fields get bought up by majors who … [Read more...]

Big Oil Betting On Electric Vehicles?

I've been enamored with electric vehicles since long before they were commercially available. Way back in 1975, Mechanix Illustrated featured the "Urba Town car" and offered plans to build your own Electric Car. It required removing the body from a … [Read more...]

Is a Second OPEC Cut In The Cards?

In November 2016 with great fanfare, OPEC announced a production cut in an effort to drive up prices in light of the massive global supply glut, partially the result of U.S. shale oil flooding the market. This supply glut had put every Oil producing … [Read more...]

Are Oil Production Costs Rising or Falling?

Oil Majors' Costs Have Risen 66% Since 2011 The oil majors reported poor earnings for the fourth quarter of last year, but many oil executives struck an optimistic tone about the road ahead. Oil prices have stabilized and the cost cutting measures … [Read more...]

The Oil War Just Getting Started

Let the battle begin. OPEC is trying to cut production and drive prices up while U.S. Shale Oil producers are seeing the increase in oil prices as an opportunity to get back in the game. More oil rigs are coming on line in the U.S. accompanied by … [Read more...]

Oil Prices Running Out Of Reasons To Rally?

Oil prices faltered at the start of the second week of the year, as fears set in about a rapid rebound in U.S. shale production. For the better part of two months, optimism surrounding the OPEC deal has buoyed oil prices, but bullish sentiment from … [Read more...]

Oil Prices High Enough to Spark Shale Rebound

U.S. Shale Is Now Cash Flow Neutral - What that means is that Operating Cash flow is finally covering the cost of Capex (i.e. Capital Expenditures - an expense is a capital expenditure when the asset is a newly purchased capital asset or an … [Read more...]