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Breaking Down The Polar Vortex

By: Daryl Milliner / Posted on: January 30, 2019

Winter is upon us and if you haven’t noticed yet, you certainly will today. Wind chill in the northern plains of the country, near Minneapolis and North Dakota, is reportedly being recorded at around -61°. This Polar Vortex is being categorized as dangerous and life threatening and will also carry heavy snow with cities like Chicago experiencing high temperatures of -12°. That would be 4° colder than Mount Everest which is forecasted at a high of -8°.

So what is the polar vortex exactly? Essentially, there are two polar vortices in the Arctic which are described as a jet stream. This jet stream is present all year round, with the polar vortex appearing during the winter months. What causes the vortex is the temperature differences between the mid latitudes in Northern America, where the United States is and the cold air from high latitudes, the Arctic. These temperature differences cause the jet stream to flow from high-pressure environment in the mid latitudes to the lower pressure areas of the Arctic. The spinning of the Earth on its axis and wind patterns pushing the circling vortex cause parts of the vortex to break off and invade areas like the United States while warmer air is circulated towards the Arctic. Some see this as continuing evidence that global warming does in fact exist as the polar vortex jet stream weakens resulting in uncontained colder temperatures drifting south while, once frigid arctic climates, are becoming noticeably warmer.

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Trade Talks Buoy Markets, but U.S. Production Growth Looms

By: Mike Dombroski / Posted on: January 8, 2019

The U.S. and China conclude their two-day trade talks in Beijing today with President Trump tweeting this morning “Talks with China are going very well!” This tweet and word that China had their top trade official, Liu He, attend the talks early this week have boosted equity and oil markets along with it as February WTI trades higher today to $49.42/barrel despite growing U.S. oil production.

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New Year’s Volatility Resolution?

By: Peter Haralambakis / Posted on: January 3, 2019

Another commodity trading year is upon us and New Year’s resolutions across the western hemisphere are cloaked with purpose and resoluteness.  Many have vowed to exercise more, eat healthy and save money.  Even though only about 8 percent of these New Year’s resolution ambitionists persevere with their said goals, it is nonetheless a feeling of excitement and optimism of what might be.  Market participants in the energy sector are most likely seeking that same sensation of excitement for less volatility and more stable prices, more clarity in supply/demand across the globe, transparency with trade talks/tariffs, pellucidity with Iran sanctions and possibly a reverse course in actions to avoid a further global slowdown or even a recession.  If, however, the first 2 trading days of 2019 for the WTI futures contract for February delivery price action is any indication of what lies ahead, we are in for more of the same rollercoaster ride of uncertainty, high volatility and event risk price movements.  The first trading day of the year brought on an intraday range of $3.43 a barrel or a 7.18% intraday move.  Today, as of 12:30pm EST, we have already seen a 4.51% move or a $2.14 a barrel intraday trading range.

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The Game of Chess Continues

By: Pam Corn / Posted on: December 3, 2018

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What In The World?

By: Greg Gill / Posted on: November 8, 2018

As we approach the holidays, here are a few things oil and gas companies are juggling:

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