Crude oversupply is a well-known story by now. Let’s talk about demand growth – or the absence of it. Why has the near-60% crash in crude as measured between the high of mid-June 2014 and the trough of January this year ($115.06 and $46.59/b respectively for front-month Brent) not produced a demand response from Asia?
Posts Tagged ‘Asia’
By Vandana Hari | February 17, 2015 07:50 AM Comments (4)
By Elizabeth Bassett | February 5, 2015 12:01 PM Comments (1)
February in the US is the traditional time to hoist groundhogs before the public to determine whether winter is coming to a close or will continue in a seemingly endless slog. It’s also a time to remember the existential crisis of Phil and wonder if you’re actually stuck in one place for eternity.
In the global world of oil, some issues keep rearing their heads, like a Sonny and Cher song on a clock radio. But in the February edition of The Oil Big Five, we feature many new topics culled from our oil editors and analysts worldwide, who shared the top items they’re keeping an eye on in the oil industry. As always, we encourage you to share your top picks below in the comments or on Twitter with the hashtag #oilbig5, and enjoy this month’s list:
By Yen Ling Song | January 31, 2015 12:01 AM Comments (1)
By Elizabeth Bassett | December 10, 2014 05:34 PM Comments (3)
The end of December is just around the corner, and it’s typical at this time of year for publications to take a grand look backward to sum up the year. What kind of proclamations can we make about the global oil industry in 2014? What sort of lessons are there to be learned, and how will we look back on 2014 years from now?
As tempting as it may be to take that look in the rearview mirror, today we’re going to look ahead with our December version of The Oil Big Five. By now you know the drill: We ask our Platts editors and analysts in offices around the globe what they think are the biggest issues or topics in the oil world for the upcoming month, and then we ask you for your thoughts. Are we right, are we wrong, and what do you want to see covered? Leave us your comments here or with #oilbig5 on Twitter.
By Elizabeth Bassett | October 6, 2014 03:03 PM Comments (4)
Now that the global crude oil markets are in the middle of a sort of upheaval, it seems increasingly harder to have clear thoughts or emotions about what the future holds. There are so many nuances to the slowly emerging new order that it can be difficult to find underlying issues (something we strive to do every month with this feature) or take a firm stand on how you think things will shake out in the future (see our No. 2 pick).
In the October version of The Oil Big Five, we have some officials trying to establish their region’s role in the future, even as everything is uncertain. We also have price movements and crude movements, and we’re hoping this all moves you to leave us a comment. Leave us your thoughts below. What do you think of these topics, and what did we leave off that’s a big issue to you? Or share your ideas on Twitter with the hashtag #oilbig5. Read what our oil editors and analysts nominated as the top issues for the moment, and we look forward to featuring your comments next week.
By Jamie McDuell | August 29, 2014 09:54 AM Comments (5)
Platts steel team tasked our design and production department to take a wealth of steel raw materials data and transform those freshly mined (sic) numbers into something visually engaging. In this post we present you with the very interesting results.
By Elizabeth Bassett | July 1, 2014 04:45 PM Comments (3)
Welcome to The Oil Big Five for July 2014, where we list the big issues that are keeping our Platts oil experts busy around the globe. You can find our last posting here, which had the problem of not posting comments for a short time when it first went up. We really appreciate everyone who commented on the blog once it was fixed, though, as well as those who sent us feedback on Twitter. The latest round-up of reader comments can be found here, and be sure to comment again for the follow-up to this post.
Here are the biggest oil issues or trends that our editors and experts nominated to be a part of the post this month. Read the rest of this entry »
By Yen Ling Song | January 17, 2014 05:27 AM Comments (1)
For all the talk about slowing growth, China’s oil demand didn’t fare too dismally last year. It likely remained stable at around 3%, even as the government doggedly pursued reform and rebalancing in favor of accelerated GDP numbers.
Yet the fact remains that analyzing oil demand in China is often a stab in the dark based on scant data. Unlike many other major consumers that release actual consumption data, China’s statistics offer no such transparency.
By Platts Asia News Team | October 21, 2013 07:49 PM Comments (1)
Nestled among rolling green hills in southeastern Korea, the city of Daegu is said to have a population of 2.5 million people. But given the lack of decent hotel rooms, restaurants, bars or Big City buzz in general, many of the 7,000 delegates attending the 22nd Word Energy Congress there last week wouldn’t have been surprised to hear it was a town one-tenth that size.
The political and financial whys and wherefores of how cities come to host the triennial WEC make the Olympic city selection process look like a Norwegian election campaign. But suffice to say, Daegu is not an ideal venue for a huge, international conference and trade show.
By Carla Bass | May 21, 2013 12:01 AM Comments (1)
One thing I learned during an eight-year stint in Latin America is that magical realism is not just a literary device popular among writers there.
Sometimes it is a worldview, such as when a government minister of a certain Latin American country assured a group of journalists that vastly increasing its oil production was just a few weeks away as all they had to do was “turn on” some non-producing wells. This was the same minister who gulped down brackish water from a lake to “prove” that an oil spill there had been cleaned up. He said it tasted just fine.