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Dec 11, 2014

North Dakota passes crude oil safety rule: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 11 (Reuters) – North Dakota’s Industrial
Commission on Tuesday ordered that all oil produced from the
Bakken petroleum system must be passed through surface
separation facilities to ensure it is safe prior to transport.

The regulations respond to concerns about the flammability
of Bakken oil following a series of train fires across the
United States and Canada involving crude originating from the
Williston Basin.

Dec 10, 2014

On shale’s U.S. frontier, producers face fierce squeeze: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 10 (Reuters) – If the U.S. shale boom is to slow
in response to the fall in oil prices, the impact will be felt
hardest in just five states.

Texas, North Dakota, Oklahoma, New Mexico and Colorado
together account for almost 98 percent of the total rise in U.S.
oil output since the beginning of 2008.

Dec 9, 2014

Texas drilling frenzy made oil crash inevitable: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) – If prices had not crashed over the past five months, the oil market would have moved into a substantial surplus in the first half of 2015, according to a review of drilling and production statistics from major shale plays in the United States.

The pace of drilling and production growth in the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin shale plays in Texas, which together with North Dakota’s Bakken account for most of the increase in U.S. output since 2008, was accelerating in the first eight months of 2014.

Dec 8, 2014

Watching for a drilling slowdown in North Dakota: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 8 (Reuters) – In the next few months, everyone
in the oil market will be intently watching the volume of new
drilling activity in the shale plays of the United States for
any signs of a slowdown in response to the fall in oil prices.

There are more than a dozen major shale plays in production.
But just three account for almost all the rise in oil output
since 2009 and nearly two thirds of all rigs in operation: the
combined Bakken/Three Forks in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford
and Permian in Texas.

Dec 4, 2014

No more geopolitical risks please: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 4 (Reuters) – “Warning lights are flashing over
the global economy,” Britain’s finance minister, George Osborne,
told a packed House of Commons on Wednesday during the last
major economic debate of the current parliament.

Osborne was getting his excuses in early as parliament
prepares for a general election in May 2015. “Japan is in
recession, the euro zone is stagnating, and the geopolitical
risks are rising,” according to Osborne, who warned that
forecasts for Britain’s growth had been downgraded as a result
(“Autumn Statement” Dec 3, 2014).

Dec 3, 2014

News of OPEC’s demise has been much exaggerated: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 3 (Reuters) – The Organization of the Petroleum
Exporting Countries (OPEC) last week made no change to its
production target despite a 40 percent slide in oil prices over
just five months, causing some commentators to pronounce the
cartel irrelevant.

If OPEC cannot act to defend the prices and revenues of its
member countries, does the organisation still serve any purpose?

Dec 2, 2014

Continental becomes lightning rod for fears about shale: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 2 (Reuters) – Continental Resources, one of the
largest U.S. shale drillers, has learned the hard way that
hedging is like being pregnant: you’re either hedging or you’re
not. There is no middle ground. If you are not hedging, you are
gambling on future prices.

By lifting most of its hedges for 2014, 2015 and 2016, the
company, founded and majority owned by Chief Executive Harold
Hamm, has swapped its traditional hedging strategy for a gamble
on future oil prices.

Dec 1, 2014

Behavioural explanations make sense of oil’s plunge: Kemp

LONDON, Dec 1 (Reuters) – “The market is not a weighing
machine, on which the value of each issue is recorded by an
exact and impersonal mechanism,” Benjamin Graham and David Dodd
wrote in their landmark work on “Security Analysis” in 1934.

“The market is a voting machine, whereon countless
individuals register choices, which are the product partly of
reason and partly of emotion.”

Nov 28, 2014

Oil market reveals its wild side again: Kemp

LONDON, Nov 28 (Reuters) – Following OPEC’s decision on
Thursday to leave production unchanged, Brent crude futures
experienced the first three-standard deviation down-move since
the flash crash of May 2011 and before that the depths of the
recession in March 2009.

With U.S. markets and financial institutions closed for the
Thanksgiving holiday, limited liquidity probably exaggerated the
scale of the move.

Nov 26, 2014

OPEC’s other problem: weak demand – John Kemp

LONDON, Nov 26 (Reuters) – By now, everyone is aware of the
serious threat rising shale output from the United States poses
to OPEC.

But sluggish demand growth in response to the quadrupling of
prices between 2002 and 2012 is at least as a big a challenge
for the cartel.

    • About John

      "John joined Reuters in 2008 as one of its first financial columnists, specialising in commodities and energy. While his main focus is on oil markets, he has written broadly on the emergence of commodities as an asset class, regulatory issues and macroeconomic themes. Before joining Reuters, John spent seven years as a senior analyst for Sempra Commodities (now part of JP Morgan) covering base metals and crude oil. Previously, he worked as an analyst on world trade, banking and financial regulation for consultancy Oxford Analytica."
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