from Morning Bid with David Gaffen:

Trouble in the Oil Patch

February 4, 2016

A slew of weak reports from Shell RDSa.L, Occidental OXY.N and ConocoPhillips COP.N have set the tone for what will probably be another session punctuated by lackluster buying interest in stocks and a predilection toward pushing fixed income yields lower even ahead of what is supposed to be a solid jobs report on Friday.

from The Great Debate:

The one thing in Saudi Arabia that works well is under threat

By Steffen Hertog
February 3, 2016

A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 160 km (99 miles) from Riyadh, June 23, 2008. State oil giant Saudi Aramco is adamant the biggest new field in its plan to raise oil capacity will arrive bang on schedule in June next year. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji  (SAUDI ARABIA) - RTX79NP

A gas flame is seen in the desert near the Khurais oilfield, about 99 miles from Riyadh, June 23, 2008. REUTERS/Ali Jarekji

from The Great Debate:

Is it time for the United States to dump Saudi Arabia?

By Josh Cohen
February 3, 2016

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin/Pool - RTX23NE0

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (C) to attend a Gulf Cooperation Council meeting at King Salman Regional Air Base in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, January 23, 2016. REUTERS/Jacquelyn Martin

from The Great Debate:

Podcast: Vladimir Putin and the petro states are slowly losing a key weapon

By Jason Fields
January 21, 2016
Participants: Jason Fields, Matthew Gault, Agnia Grigas

Since the breakup of the Soviet Union, Russia has used natural gas as a weapon against Ukraine and Europe as a whole. Threatening to turn shut off the pipes as the weather turns cold is a pretty effective way to influence foreign policy.

from Breakingviews:

BHP Billiton plays catch-up with $7 bln shale hit

January 15, 2016

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

from Breakingviews:

Oil flirting with the $20s gives OPEC cause to cut

January 12, 2016

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

from Breakingviews:

Saudi Aramco IPO could herald a Riyadh garage sale

January 12, 2016

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

from The Great Debate:

Five steps Obama can take before leaving office to stave off climate disaster

By Paul Bledsoe
January 11, 2016

Vehicles pass a road as smog covers China's capital Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board to the right read, "low visibility, slow down". REUTERS/Jason Lee      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WLMT

Smog covers Beijing on an extremely polluted day, December 1, 2015. The Chinese characters on the electronic board read, "Low visibility, slow down." REUTERS/Jason Lee

from Expert Zone:

India Markets Weekahead: China weighs, but Nifty could rise

By Ambareesh Baliga
January 10, 2016

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

Markets across the world had one of their worst opening weeks ever on rising concerns of a global economic slowdown led by China and geopolitical concerns in the wake of North Korea’s nuclear test. In India, the Nifty index ended the week at 7,601, down 4.5 percent.

from Breakingviews:

Saudi Aramco IPO carries big investor risks

January 8, 2016

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