LONDON (Reuters) – A thoughtful new paper from researchers at the University of Illinois marks a significant step forward in research on how commodity futures prices are formed.
Until recently, the academic and policy debate about futures price formation has been locked in an acrimonious and polarized standoff between market fundamentalists, who insist all price moves reflect supply and demand fundamentals, and those writers who blame speculators for every rise in food and fuel prices.
LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – A thoughtful new paper from
researchers at the University of Illinois marks a significant
step forward in research on how commodity futures prices are
Until recently, the academic and policy debate about futures
price formation has been locked in an acrimonious and polarised
standoff between market fundamentalists, who insist all price
moves reflect supply and demand fundamentals, and those writers
who blame speculators for every rise in food and fuel prices.
LONDON, March 25 (Reuters) – U.S. distributors and freight
hauliers have held down diesel consumption even as their
business recovers from recession by making thousands of small
changes to their operations.
Improved driver training, restrictions on idling and careful
route planning to reduce deadheads (where vehicles travel empty)
are all reducing consumption of expensive diesel while helping
companies promote their green credentials.
LONDON, March 19 (Reuters) – High oil and gas prices have
unleashed the biggest drilling boom in 30 years.
OPEC members must prepare for a big increase in oil supplies
in the second half of the decade, as well as heightened
competition from natural gas in some of their core markets, and
a further erosion in demand as conservation and efficiency
measures bite harder.
LONDON, March 18 (Reuters) – China’s Huadian Corporation,
one of the country’s top power producers, which won four
licences in the second shale gas licensing round last year, will
tender for engineering and drilling services to meet its
commitment to prospect for gas in blocks across Hubei, Hunan and
“We will be looking for professional services from seismic
survey to drilling via a tender towards late this year,” a
company official told an industry seminar on Monday
LONDON (Reuters) – Bailing-in depositors with banks in Cyprus is a serious policy error that will destabilize the European banking system and threatens to accelerate bank runs in future.
There is a good reason deposits have been the most protected form of bank liabilities. It has nothing to do with fairness.
LONDON, March 15 (Reuters) – Diesel is now six times more
expensive than natural gas on an energy-equivalent basis in the
United States, a gap that is unsustainable.
As Herbert Stein, chief economist to President Richard Nixon
noted, if something cannot go on forever, it will stop. But how
and when the gap closes is the single most important question
facing oil and gas consumers around the world.
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – There is enough gas locked in
ice-like crystals buried beneath the permafrost and trapped
under the oceans to guarantee the world will not run out of
fossil energy for centuries.
This potential energy source will be irrelevant, however, to
almost everyone for many decades to come, except perhaps Japan.
LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – North America’s shale fields
are the most visible symbol of the energy revolution, but they
tell less than half the story. An even bigger transformation is
taking place in the engines and fuel tanks of cars and trucks
across the United States.
High oil prices, recession and tougher fuel economy
standards have combined to cut 5.5 million barrels per day from
projected U.S. oil consumption in 2020, according to an analysis
of forecasts published in recent years by the U.S. Energy
Information Administration (EIA).
LONDON, March 6 (Reuters) – Unless prices for natural gas
and crude start to converge soon in the United States, the
overwhelming incentive to switch to dual fuel engines which use
a mix of diesel and natural gas will be overwhelming
It will oust oil-based fuels from a huge range of
applications, ranging from trains, ships and trucks to