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US presidential candidates focus on a few energy issues, keep mum on many

2016-10-18 06:42:13 EST

The US presidential election is fast approaching, and the energy industry worldwide is especially interested in how a new president could affect future regulations.

Feature: OPEC Guide

October 07, 2016
OPEC crude output rose again in September to a record high of 33.24 million b/d, an S&P Global Platts survey showed October 6. The figure is 110,000 b/d higher than August and marks the fourth consecutive month of growth.
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The response of US shale production over the next two months may well impact how OPEC decides to finalize the tentatively announced production freeze.
OPEC targeting $55/b oil, to meet non-OPEC exporters in Istanbul: Algerian minister
OPEC is aiming for an oil price of $55/b, Algerian energy minister Noureddine Boutarfa said October 6.

News Headlines

Houston (Platts)--21 Oct 2016 516 pm EDT/2116 GMT
The Light Houston Sweet crude market saw a late-week decline in value relative to cash WTI, which market sources attributed to a number of factors including a disappearing contango structure in the Brent-WTI spread.
Lagos (Platts)--21 Oct 2016 829 am EDT/1229 GMT
Declining oil production and export volumes due to militancy and large-scale crude theft cut the Nigerian government's gross revenue in September by about 12% from August to Naira 279.75 billion ($8 billion), the finance ministry said Friday.
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The Barrel Blog

October 19, 2016
It may not change human behavior, but if it did, a recent AAA report on the benefits of premium gasoline might cut into what on paper looks like a pretty profitable business.
October 17, 2016
It is six years since a prominent newspaper dubbed BP’s chief executive the “most hated and clueless man in America” and in that time the company has paid $62 billion in fines and compensation for its role in the Macondo Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
October 14, 2016
The fight to halt construction of the Dakota Access crude pipeline made its way to the US energy capital as dozens of activists marched in downtown Houston.
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Price Focus

US Gulf Coast sweet crude differentials can be mixed as opposing factors pull US crude oil economics in different directions, Platts data shows. While there may be the possibility of a crude oil output freeze by major OPEC and non-OPEC producers, US commercial crude oil stocks are high.

Oil Infographics

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Of all the natural resources that have been used to build our world, surely oil is the most pervasive. We all know that oil provides the plastics in the computer we use, has driven revolutions in fashion, industry and transport, and even powers our homes. No one's life is untouched by this immense resource.


Saudi Aramco's halt of oil product supply to Egypt surprises markets
October 18, 2016
- Saudi Aramco recently stopped its open credit line to Egypt's EGPC halting the supply of refined products. We discuss developments with a focus on the impact on the oil markets.
Environmentalists fight to forgo fossil fuels as US election spotlights production
October 17, 2016
- The fight in the US between oil and gas producers and environmentalists has taken on a more urgent tone lately, in part due to the country looking ahead to a new president.
Post-Algiers prospects: What's really at stake when OPEC meets again in November?
October 10, 2016
- This week’s Capitol Crude looks at the fallout from OPEC’s Algiers meeting and the prospects for rebalancing global oil supply and demand.
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Published March 2016

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