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Who Will Rule the Oil Market?

OPINION ARTICLE BY DANIEL YERGIN PUBLISHED IN PRINT BY THE NEW YORK TIMES ON SATURDAY 25 JAN 2015 WASHINGTON — A HISTORIC change of roles is at the heart of the clamor and turmoil over the collapse of oil prices, which have plummeted by 50 percent since September. For decades, Saudi Arabia, backed by the […]

BP boss Bob Dudley: Oil prices ‘low for up to 3 years’

BBC News Article Published 21 Jan 2015 The boss of oil giant BP Bob Dudley has said that oil prices could remain low for up to three years. He added that could send UK petrol prices below £1 per litre. He told BBC Business editor Kamal Ahmed in Davos BP was planning for low oil […]

Big Oil’s dividends look safe – for now

Big Oil’s dividends look safe – for now FIONA MAHARG-BRAVO Reuters Breakingviews Published Tuesday, Jan. 20 2015, 4:40 PM EST Oil companies don’t like to cut dividends, even when the price of crude tumbles. Dividends are likely to be held firm this year. But the pressure on payouts is mounting. The halving of the crude […]

The dramatic consequences of plunging oil prices

“Brent futures are set to fall to as low as $31 a barrel by the end of the first quarter from about $48 now.”; “People know these prices are unsustainable,” he said, and they will lead to large-scale layoffs and cuts in maintenance spending, which will eventually sharply reduce overall output. BP’s announcement of layoffs was […]

Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower – $45 a barrel

From an article by Alan Soughley published by BloombergBusinessweek 13 Jan 2015 under the headline:  “European Stocks Decline; Shell, Total Lead Energy Shares Lower” Extracts Royal Dutch Shell Plc and Total SA led energy-related companies lower… A gauge of energy stocks slid 1 percent today, for the worst performance of the 19 industry groups on […]

Royal Dutch Shell Plc a Basket Case Long After 2015?

From an article by Royston Wild published Friday 9 Jan 2015 by The Motley Fool under the headline: “Why Royal Dutch Shell Plc, BHP Billiton plc And Royal Bank of Scotland Group plc Will Remain Basket Cases Long After 2015″  Royal Dutch Shell has seen its earnings forecasts painted with red ink; Shell is expected […]

Oil crashes below $50 – Big Oil loses $200 billion

The meltdown in oil prices has wiped out more than $200 billion in market valuation among the 10 largest oil and natural gas companies in the S&P 500. To combat depressed prices, oil companies are hitting the brakes on spending and laying off workers. Investors are saying “enough.” They are dumping their energy stocks as the outlook […]

Jesse Colombo, the economic analyst who predicted the oil prices bust 

FULL CREDIT TO THE EXPERT WHO CORRECTLY PREDICTED THE OIL PRICE CRASH By John Donovan In June of this year Forbes.com published an extensive prescient article by Jesse Colombo, an economic analyst, under the headline: “9 Reasons Why Oil Prices May Be Headed For A Bust” His prediction made 6 months ago: “There are a growing number […]

Many predicting oil prices as low as $40 per barrel

With the oil market appearing set to endure worsening fundamentals over the next few years at least, shareholders could see dividends at Shell come under severe pressure once again. FROM AN ARTICLE BY ROYSTON WILD PUBLISHED BY THE MOTLEY FOOL ON MON 15 DEC 2014 Headline: Is Royal Dutch Shell Plc Really Robust Enough To […]

Oil prices continued their collapse on Friday

Oil prices continued their collapse on Friday… The new rout began Friday morning… Gas prices will continue to be in a free fall as long as crude oil is searching for a bottom,” the AAA motor club reported on Friday. From an article published by The New York Times on page B1 of the New […]

Opec is finished – the oil crash will continue

The Opec oil cartel no longer exists in any meaningful sense and crude prices will slump to $50 a barrel over the coming months as market forces shake out the weakest producers, Bank of America has warned. The major oil companies will have to cut back on projects with a break-even cost below $80 for Brent […]