from Breakingviews:

Why $65 per barrel oil looks like a ceiling, not a floor

June 1, 2015

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Additional reporting and writing by Kevin Allison. The authors are Reuters Breakingviews  columnists. The opinions expressed are their own.

from Breakingviews:

BP and Total find downstream respite

April 28, 2015

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

from Expert Zone:

Inflation targeting: Government needs to pitch in

April 2, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters)

from The Great Debate:

Goldilocks zone for oil prices is gone for good

By Richard Heinberg
March 24, 2015

A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in Williston

A pickup truck bears the words "I (heart) OIL" written in dirt in Williston, North Dakota, Nov. 12, 2014. REUTERS/Andrew Cullen

from Expert Zone:

Time to accumulate equity assets as financial markets at the cusp of growth

By Nimesh Shah
January 14, 2015

(Any opinions expressed here are those of the author and not necessarily those of Thomson Reuters).

from Breakingviews:

Oil price floor could be a long way down

By Edward Hadas
January 13, 2015

By Edward Hadas

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

from Breakingviews:

Cheaper oil no friend to Asia’s households

December 24, 2014

By Andy Mukherjee

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

from Breakingviews:

Rouble free fall throws Russia into ugly spiral

By Pierre Briancon
December 16, 2014

The Central Bank of Russia was successful for about two hours. Its overnight decision to hike the main interest rate from 10.5 percent to 17 percent initially shocked markets enough to arrest the rouble’s fall after the currency sank almost 12 percent on Dec. 15. But the Russian currency quickly resumed its slide, smashing record lows – as if the central bank hadn’t moved at all. That leaves policymakers with few sensible short-term options. Further out, only an end to the Ukrainian stand-off and related Western sanctions or sharply higher oil prices could soothe markets. Neither is likely to happen soon.

from The Great Debate:

Will cheap gas last? The answer and nine other predictions for 2015

By John Lloyd
December 11, 2014

A customer fills up his tank in a gasoline station in Nice

It’s something of a tradition in journalism to gaze into the crystal ball and give readers a view of what we believe will come with the New Year. Below are my 10 predictions for 2015.

from Anatole Kaletsky:

Here’s why oil companies should be a lot more profitable than they are

By Anatole Kaletsky
December 5, 2014

Shaybah oilfield complex is seen at night in the Rub' al-Khali desert, Saudi Arabia

The 40 percent plunge in oil prices since July, when Brent crude peaked at $115 a barrel, is almost certainly good news for the world economy; but it is surely a crippling blow for oil producers. Oil prices below $70 certainly spell trouble for U.S. and Canadian shale and tar-sand producers and also for oil-exporting countries such as Venezuela, Nigeria, Mexico and Russia that depend on inflated oil revenues to finance government spending or pay foreign debts. On the other hand, the implications of lower oil prices for the biggest U.S. and European oil companies are more ambiguous and could even be positive.