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Last week President Trump unveiled his budget blueprint, which detailed savage cuts to most areas of discretionary spending while boosting defense outlays by a whopping $54 billion. Nearly all government agencies were major losers under the President’s budget, except for those dealing with defense and border security. The Department of Energy would see a 5.6 percent cut, or a reduction of $1.7 billion. But digging into those numbers, certain areas of DOE were winners while others were losers. Areas of DOE dealing with clean energy, smart…

Why Shell’s Oil Sands Sell Off Is Great News For Canadian Oil

There was a time when if a Canadian exploration and production (E&P) company bought out a foreign-controlled competitor, it was not only good for the country but financially beneficial because it qualified for government incentives. That Canada’s E&P industry was in the hands of too many foreign operators was regarded as a big problem in the National Energy Program of 1980. Patriating this key industry became a priority if not an obsession. Thirty-seven years later, this is clearly not an issue. However, industry watchers must reflect…

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The coal industry may be dying, but the skeletons left behind in the form of abandoned mines can provide new life. The water left behind by the once industrious business is planned to be used by the state of Virginia, in the development of pumped storage hydroelectric power plants. However, this particular strategy to source water has been receiving some criticism. The bill to support the building of the power plants received nearly unanimous support in both the state Senate and the House of Delegates. However, researchers, coal reclamation experts,…

<b>Crude Oil</b>: Ready to Slide Revisit

The market sentiment we described in January anticipated the recent 10 percent move in crude oil — as did the Elliott Wave pattern.The post <b>Crude Oil</b>: Ready to Slide Revisit appeared first on crude-oil.news.

WTI/RBOB Pump’n’Dump After Surprise Inventory Data

After last week’s surprise draw (but big build at Cushing), API reports a bigger than expected crude (and Cushing) build and bigger than expected draw in Gasoline inventories. For now, both WTI and RBOB kneejerked higher but WTI faded very rapidly.

 

API

  • Crude +4.539mm (+3mm exp)
  • Cushing +1.968mm
  • Gasoline -4.934mm (-2.4mm exp)
  • Distillates -883k

Another big Cushing build and another big gasoline draw…

And the immediate reaction in WTI and RBOB – after both sold off today despite Russian jawboning –

 

Bloomberg reports:

“The catalyst is concern over demand due to potential difficulties with President Trump getting his pro-growth agenda through,” Bart Melek, the head of global commodity strategy at TD Securities in Toronto, says by phone. “The crude market acted technically here.”

“We’re still pretty high when it comes to inventories and if they keep getting higher, it’s only going to put more pressure on the market,” Carl Larry, principal consultant for Oil Outlooks and Opinions in Houston, says by phone

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Aramco Seeks To Raise $2B In First Bond Issue Ahead Of IPO

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