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A Single Country Now Controls the Future of Oil Prices

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After a hefty rise of 46.9% for the month through close last Friday, WTI crude fell for two consecutive sessions to start the week.

As always, pundits with no real experience in the industry will blame the "glut" - but excess supply on its own is not responsible for today's oil conundrum.

Instead, the key factor in how people regard the market and anticipate oil prices today is guaranteed excess supply.

And the actions of a single country will now decide whether that guarantee will remain...

Three Energy Sector Shifts That Emerged from the Dungeons of Windsor


Every March at Windsor Castle, leading global energy figures come together for the Windsor Energy Consultations.

Now, I'm not allowed to say who said what at the meeting this year. But that same rule also makes everyone be very frank in their discussions of energy.

This led to some very revealing discussions... and to agreement on the three most important shifts changing the energy sector right now.

And those, I can share with you...

The Oil Sector's "Other Shoe" Just Dropped

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The "other shoe" is dropping for the oil sector, and it's going to affect each and every one of us.

This ripple effect will extend to much more than just oil and gas.

And it looms as an ongoing concern, one that is likely to have a longer-lasting effect than the price of oil itself - unless, that is, there is a reversal of trajectory.

The Elephant in the Oil Market That No One's Talking About

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The pundits have been hammering away at how much excess supply there is worldwide. Yet that alone is not the market's only problem.

What the oil market is experiencing right now is not a supply problem. This is what the talking heads keep missing...

Three Pressing Energy Investing Questions, Answered


Given the action that has taken place in the sector over the past several months, I haven't had the opportunity to sit down and answer your many energy investing questions.

So let's do that today. First, many of you have asked about the status of liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports from the United States and how that will impact the global market.

And one promising company in particular has drawn your interest...

The Truth About the Big Oil Production Freeze

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With word swirling about Russia and Saudi Arabia agreeing to freeze oil production, the talking heads are up in arms about whether it will make any difference or not.

On the table is an accord to keep production at January levels, with most of OPEC probably following Saudi Arabia's lead.

In the short term, getting Iran on board is key. Today, meetings took place with Russia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and Venezuela on one side of the table, and Iran on the other.

The official goal was to get Iran on board with the production freeze. But my contacts are telling me a different story...

The Final Step Needed for Oil Prices to Recover

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The International Energy Agency's (IEA) report on global oil demand projections, combined with the continuing oil supply glut, pushed oil prices below $30 a barrel.

What we have here is the classic balance of supply and demand. Here, the levels of investment and investor interest in oil and natural gas companies follow a simple logic.

When supply exceeds demand, investors lose interest and prices fall. On the other hand, when demand outgrows supply, investors go back in, raising prices.

But these days that dynamic has been fundamentally altered - half of that equation is no longer in question.

And that leads us to the final step needed for oil prices to recover...

Saudi Arabia's Oil "Proposal" – Here's What's Really Going On

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Last week, Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak claimed that Saudi Arabia had proposed a 5% cut in oil production.

That set the oil price roller coaster off and running, with crude prices shooting up to levels not seen in a month.

There is only one problem. My contacts in OPEC and Saudi Arabia tell me that things look very different behind the scenes.

Here's what's really going on...

These Are the Three Reasons Why U.S. Oil Production Hasn't Declined… Yet

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Over 2015, a persistent surplus in oil production has offset significant cuts in forward capital commitments and a decrease in drilling - the number of drills in the field is now less than one-third of what it was when the slide began last year.

But U.S. oil production has remained high, despite a clear contraction in operations. This is perhaps the least understood event of the past year.

There were essentially three reasons why this occurred... and they explain the next phase in oil markets...

Negotiations Over Oil Production Broke Down – but Not for the Reasons You'd Think


In the UAE's oil capital of Abu Dhabi, OPEC and Russia have been negotiating a coordinated cutting of oil production, which would lead to a movement up in global crude prices.

Unfortunately, any anticipation about these meetings was effectively negated over the past few days by three unexpected factors.

And while the Persian Gulf has long been the center of the world's energy markets, these three factors were, surprisingly, dictated elsewhere... the first one somewhere you'd least expect it...

How a Surprising Alliance Could Shake Up the Oil Sector


Events in Abu Dhabi Friday point to OPEC having a brand-new ally in the oil sector - one no one would expect...

This unexpected partnership could have a massive impact on oil production moving into 2016.

Here's what you need to know about this potential new alliance...

Why Oil Production Is Increasing, Despite the Oil Glut

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Despite weekly declines in the number of working rigs in the American market (now at the lowest levels in some six years) and rising cuts in capital commitments for new projects, the market surplus in oil is once again rising.

Crude oil prices are languishing in the face of what is projected to be another build in U.S. production stockpiles.

Given all that has been said about an oil glut, why is oil production continuing? Here's what you need to know...

Why Are Gas Prices So Low?


Why are gas prices so low right now?

The average price of regular unleaded is hovering around $2.40 a gallon - almost a dollar less compared to a year ago.

Here's a look at what's responsible for the lower prices we're seeing at the pump these days...

Will OPEC Cut Production?


Yesterday, OPEC released a bulletin saying low prices "remains a cause for concern" and OPEC is "ready to talk to all other producers."

The news has investors wondering: Will OPEC cut production?

Here's what you need to know about the cartel's dicey situation...

How Much Oil Does the U.S. Have Compared to Other Countries?

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If one number summarizes the global oil market, it’s 93,002,710.

That’s how much oil was produced around the world every day in 2014. But how much oil does the U.S. have compared to the world’s top producers?

This chart shows how much the top 15 oil-producing countries generated in 2014…