from Breakingviews:

BHP Billiton reaches earnings nadir

August 16, 2016

(The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.)

from Breakingviews:

UK fracking revolution calls for national thinking

August 12, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist.  The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Theresa May may have saved EDF from itself

July 29, 2016

Independent shareholders in French state-controlled utility EDF may have found an unexpected ally in new British Prime Minister Theresa May. A day after EDF’s board narrowly decided to push ahead with the construction of two new nuclear reactors at Hinkley Point, the UK government announced a surprise review of the humongous project. Pulling the plug would be a service to UK taxpayers as well as EDF investors.

from Breakingviews:

Indian tycoon’s sweetened Cairn bid is still sour

July 25, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are her own.

from Breakingviews:

It’s not how much oil, but how much influence

July 5, 2016

The United States has more oil than Saudi Arabia, says a new study by Norwegian consultancy Rystad Energy. The size of American reserves, at 264 billion barrels, is around a fifth higher than what is estimated to be located in the desert kingdom. That’s a surprise. But it’s also beside the point. Oil supremacy goes not to the one who has most, but the one who controls the price.

from Breakingviews:

“Frack Master” suit is a sign of bezzle shrinkage

June 27, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own.

from Breakingviews:

Farcical oil deal prompts George Costanza defense

May 6, 2016

The author is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist. The opinions expressed are his own. 

from Blogs Dashboard:

If you are in St Louis, buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday

May 3, 2016

If you are in St Louis, buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday

The pass through from low gas prices to U.S. consumer spending is a fraught issue and central banks say it is being distorted by the zero lower bound. Now another complication, if you are in St Louis.
According to calculations from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, you can save up to $60 a year if you buy gas on a Tuesday or Wednesday. Gas prices are most expensive on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays and fall sharply in midweek, with Tuesday almost 4 cents a gallon cheaper than the average price.
"The simplest explanation is that most consumers aren't aware of the cycles. Even if some were aware, they may not care enough about saving a few dollars to change their behavior," the study found.
https://www.stlouisfed.org/on-the-economy/2016/may/when-should-you-buy-gas?&utm_source=BlogList&utm_medium=Email&utm_campaign=BlogAlert

from Breakingviews:

OPEC freeze failure could hasten oil’s recovery

April 18, 2016

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from The Great Debate:

America’s secret weapon

April 18, 2016

UCLA's Interface Message Processor (IMP) (R) is pictured in the birthplace of the Internet, at 3420 Boelter Hall, the original location of the first ARPANET node at UCLA in Los Angeles, California June 2, 2011. UCLA professor Leonard Kleinrock and his team used the IMP, the packet-switching node used to interconnect participant networks to the ARPANET to send the first message, the letters LO to Stanford Research Institute on October 29, 1969. The UCLA Department of Computer Science and Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science have collaborated in creating the Kleinrock Internet Heritage Site and Archive (KIHSA) with the center recreating the lab at its original site in 3420 Boelter Hall from which that first message was sent, which for years had been used as a classroom.The recreated lab will open October 29 with a reunion of the computer scientists responsible for the first message. Picture taken June 2, 2011.  REUTERS/Fred Prouser (UNITED STATES - Tags: SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY BUSINESS TELECOMS) - RTR2T6UP

UCLA's Interface Message Processor (IMP) (R) is pictured in the birthplace of the Internet, at 3420 Boelter Hall, the original location of the first ARPANET node at UCLA in Los Angeles, California June 2, 2011. REUTERS/Fred Prouser