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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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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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Materials stocks up today even as U.S.-China trade fears linger

I think the strong move in commodities stocks today has more to do with continued weakness in the U.S. dollar than it does with any renewed faith in growth in the global economy. After all the U.S.-China trade war doesn't look any more settled today than it did last week. But the dollar, as measured […]

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Crude rally pauses on higher than expected U.S. inventories, strong dollar, Nigeria production

Oil prices twitched lower on the weekly report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration showing crude stockpiles growing by 2.8 million barrels last week, well ahead of analyst estimates. Prices didn't slide very far, however, since the market ascribed much of the build to a temporary closure of the Houston Ship Channel and a resulting […]

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Still no sign of end to supply imbalance in oil

The oil markets keep waiting and waiting and waiting for oil inventories to show that the OPEC + Russia production cuts have balanced oil supply and demand. And they'll have to wait at least another week according to figures on U.S. oil inventories from the U.S. Energy Information Administration released today. U.S. crude oil inventories […]

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Saudis target U.S. for export cuts–the point seems to be reducing market information on stockpiles

Saudi Arabia has told U.S. refiners to expect far lower oil shipments beginning in January. The reduction seems to be targeted not at reducing global stockpiles but at reducing the visibility of those stocks piles. The United States reports the size of oil stock piles weekly. In the rest of the world, the norm is […]

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Markets worry about everything this morning–especially bank and energy stocks

I dare you to find something global financial markets aren't worried about. And, moreover, many of the worries are re-enforcing each other today. So, for example, we've got U.S. Trade Representative Robert E. Lighthizer, saying on Sunday TV the the 90 day trade truce is a hard deadline. No deals in 90 days and the […]

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While OPEC argues, its control of the oil market ebbs

Two important piece of news that form the context for OPEC's meeting today and its attempt to set global oil prices. First, the U.S. Energy Information Administration reported that the United States turned into a net exporter of oil last week for the first time in 75 years. Last week the U.S. sold a net 211,000 […]

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OPEC agrees that there should be a production cut–but can’t agree on size or who will cut how much

Even in the current context where countries announce major agreements but no one knows what the details might be, OPEC's decision to announce a cut in production without any agreement on the size of the cut or who will cut production by how much stands out. There is some chance that these pesky details will […]

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