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from Breakingviews:

BP’s second kitchen-sinking can’t mask comeback

November 2, 2010

It will be a long time before BP is back to business as usual following the Gulf of Mexico disaster. The UK oil and gas major has just upped its estimate of costs by $7.7 billion to $39.9 billion, in what investors must hope is the second kitchen-sinking exercise following the disaster—albeit the first under new chief executive Bob Dudley. But the hit can't mask what looks like the makings of BP's recovery.

from The Great Debate:

Forecasting and its discontents

August 27, 2010

"Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future," is attributed to a long list of people. Even with that in mind, however, the first eight months of 2010 have been especially unkind to professional forecasters and investors as markets have lurched between extremes of pessimism and optimism.

from Breakingviews:

Vedanta’s Indian oil interest is hard to fathom

August 12, 2010

Vedanta Resources' Indian oil interest is hard to fathom. No doubt Cairn Energy will have plenty of ideas for any cash it may raise by selling a stake in the UK oil explorer's Indian subsidiary. But it's harder to see what Anil Agarwal's mining group has to gain from dipping its toe into the oil business.

from Breakingviews:

BP assets worth risk of indigestion for Apache

July 12, 2010

It's potentially hazardous to swallow a meal a third your size. But it could make sense for Apache to grab $10 billion of BP's Alaskan assets. The U.S. firm's flair for squeezing oil from older wells makes it an ideal buyer -- and BP is a keener seller than it was.

Facebook group defends “harassed” BP

June 18, 2010

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BP’s chief executive Tony Hayward branded “the most hated man in America” may be surprised to find himself cast in the role of victim by a growing clan of web-based supporters on Facebook.

Is the re-pricing in stocks and oil complete?

May 28, 2010

Jane Foley is research director at Forex.com. The opinions expressed are her own.-

from Global News Journal:

Volcano chaos: A pointer to potential Iran/Gulf smoke disruption?

April 28, 2010

volcanoAs if they didn’t have enough to think about, planners trying to pin down the unintended consequences of a strike on Iran may be required to reorder their lengthy worry list.

from The Great Debate:

Peak demand leaves refineries idle

March 1, 2010

-- John Kemp is a Reuters columnist. The views expressed are his own --

U.S. refiners have emerged as the biggest losers from the previous surge in oil and push for cleaner energy. The industry's brief golden age has swiftly given way to a prolonged dark period of adjustment and decline.

from Breakingviews:

Stampede of the oil bulls

January 8, 2010

Oil price bulls and bears have both had their triumphs in recent history. The price of crude rose to $147 a barrel in July of 2008 only to plummet to $33 a barrel a few months later. It swung past $82 a barrel this week because of a cold snap, and is up 18 percent since mid-December. But barring heightened tension in the Middle East, oil looks likely to slide in the short term.

from Commentaries:

Ryanair has sights set on greater market share

July 27, 2009

EUROPE RYANAIRRyanair's warning that things are going to get worse in Europe's economies has understandably got investors in airline shares flustered. The airline's own shares fell by more than 8 percent.