Posts Tagged ‘Japan’

Viewing global LNG from the House at Pooh Corner, where Eeyore lives

Ross McCracken, managing editor of Energy Economist, shares what the world of LNG would look like to an unabashed pessimist . . . or maybe just to someone who eyes the massive production boom on the horizon with some concern.

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Oil demand is recovering, but are we susceptible to irrational exuberance?

The world seems to be using more oil now that it is 40% cheaper than a year ago and especially so in countries enjoying some economic growth momentum.

Depending on who you are listening to, the US, China, India and the Middle East are cited as the main drivers of demand growth in 2015, with consumption in Japan and the Eurozone improving from a low base last year, in line with their economic recovery.

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Metals markets start countdown to St Leger Day, looking for a price lift

In May, base metals struggled to hold onto initial gains seen at the beginning of the month. Copper hit a one-month low at the end of May with the three-month price sliding to $6,083/mt, while aluminum was at its weakest in 14 months at $1,738/mt, having hit a five-month high earlier in May at $1,937/mt. In fact, aluminum joined nickel as the worst performing LME contract of the month.

This weakness has brought into question whether the old and oft-repeated trader mantra — to sell in May and go away, don’t come back ’til St Leger Day — had once again become a predominant feature of the market.

So what was behind the weaker price performance in May?

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The Oil Big Five: Waiting for June’s big oil news announcements

There are certain months that have obvious potential for big news, and June looks like one of them. November 2014 was another one, and this month’s iteration of The Oil Big Five follows up on many of the themes that were raised then.

We reached out to Platts oil editors and analysts worldwide to see what they were keeping an eye on in June, and these topics came back as immediate responses. We hope you’re tracking them as well, and be sure to leave us a comment and let us know your thoughts on the issues below or on Twitter, using the hashtag #oilbig5. If you’re not as concerned about these topics, then let us know what you are watching and what we should be watching as well.

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US oil exports seen as key to security: Regulation and Environment

There’s an economic argument to be made for lifting US crude oil export restrictions, and then there’s the argument that American oil could go a long way toward providing security to the US and its allies. Brian Scheid explains in this week’s Oilgram News column, Regulation and Environment.

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Just a second … hold that trading timestamp, please

The world’s next ‘leap second’ event will occur on June 30, 2015 — and, for the first time ever, according to the Futures Industry Association (FIA), it will happen “during active trading hours in an environment where electronic and automated trading relies on sub-second precision for communication, execution, clearing, surveillance and audit trails.”

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How the LME’s warehouse reforms have played a key role in the fall of global aluminum premiums

This dramatic fall in global aluminum premia has taken the majority of market participants by surprise. However, there seems to be reluctance among market participants to identify recent London Metal Exchange warehouse reforms as having had much to do with the drop in regional premia.

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Abu Dhabi’s onshore concession award to Inpex of no great surprise to oil observers

It wasn’t the first time, and it will not be the last. Abu Dhabi struck a deal on April 27 with Japan’s Inpex, awarding a 5% stake in its giant Adco onshore oil concession for the next 40 years from January 1, 2015.

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Desperate times call for inventive measures in Japanese crude buying

Huge inventory losses brought on by the plunge in oil prices in the second half of last year prompted Japanese refiners, desperate to eke out margins, to switch away from some of their staple heavy crude imports from the Middle East in favor of spot barrels from Russia and even far-away Mexico.

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Petrodollars: Changing regulations, falling prices move Asian oil markets

In this week’s Oilgram News column, Petrodollars, Song Yen Ling examines the effects of low oil prices on various markets in Asia, ranging from the massive consumption center of China to the rapidly increasing appetite of Indonesia.

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