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Special Report: 10 Best Picks for the Last Six Months of 2019

This isn't  time for investing as usual. As whacky as the first half of 2019 has been--the Federal Reserve embraces interest rate cuts, the U.S. and China descend further into a trade war, the U.S. economy turns in better than 3% growth but fears for a slowdown in global growth in 2019 and for a U.S. recession in 2020 […]

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OPEC in disarray; oil slips

Oil markets today are asking reasonably if OPEC can't agree on a date for talks on extending production cuts, then what hope is there for an actual agreement to cut oil production? Iran has backed away from its insistence that OPEC meet in June as originally scheduled, but Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh has […]

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Trick or trend: 2, maybe 3, real trends in a market of noise

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. I think there are only two, maybe three real trends in the current market. The […]

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Two more oil tankers attacked in Gulf of Oman; here’s how financial assets moved and which might be interesting ahead

For the second time in a month two oil tankers came under attack in international waters near the strategic Strait of Hormuz. One ship, a Japanese-owned tanker carrying methanol, was apparently attacked by limpet bombs attached to its hull or by a mine. The second ship, owned by Norway's Frontline and carrying naphtha, was apparently […]

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Oil falls to lowest level in five months; Brent breaks below $60 a barrel

Oil slumped to its lowest in almost five months and international benchmark Brent crude book below $60 a barrel today, June 12. U.S. benchmark West Texas Intermediate fell 4% today to $51.14 a barrel, threatening the $50 a barrel psychological benchmark. Brent fell 3.89% to $59.87 a barrel. The immediate cause was a climb in […]

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U.S. markets counting on visit from Goldilocks tomorrow

Tomorrow, Friday, June 7, brings the May jobs report. Right now economists surveyed by Bloomberg are looking for the economy to add a robust 175,000 jobs with unemployment holding steady at 3.6% (as 49-year low) and average hourly wages growing at a very positive 3.2% annual rate. The prospect of those numbers tomorrow is enough […]

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Today it’s all trade war news all the time

Sometimes it's better to just weigh the news rather than try to analyze it. And that certainly seems to fit today's market action. Even though the major U.S. indexes managed slight gains as of the close today--the Standard & Poor's 500, for example, was ahead 0.21% and the Dow Jones Industrial Average edged higher by […]

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Trick or Trend: Can you imagine a worse week for oil markets?

Our regular (or occasional or perhaps occasionally regular) Friday series (actually running on Friday this week) Trick or Trend looks at what might (or might not) be emerging investible trends. Exclusively on JAM. This post won't run anywhere else. Ever. This past week was indeed truly terrible for oil. Even with a slight rebound on […]

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Oil and oil stocks take double hit today

The combination of a big build in U.S. crude inventories this week and fears that the escalating U.S.-China trade war will slow global economic growth (and global oil demand) took a big whack out of oil prices and oil stocks today. The U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that U.S. crude oil inventories for the week […]

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Another attack on Middle East oil infrastructure today, Tuesday

This time it's not an attack on oil tankers in the Persian Gulf but a reported drone attack on two pumping stations in Saudi Arabia that push oil through the East-West pipeline to the Red Sea port of Yanbu. The attack set off a fire that caused limited damage to one station. Saudi Arabia's state-run […]

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