One way Nigerians spend a romantic evening is watching the after-glow of another terrorist attack on oil production facilities. Well, it is a cheap date!
So we're back to oil market instability caused by nervousness about weekend voting irregularities in Nigeria. And here it's only late April and hurricane season is a little over a month away. It looks like the geopolitical and weather premium built into energy prices may remain.
This leads me to my ongoing
bitch complaint regarding the lack of "any" energy policy in the U.S. since the first oil embargo in 1973. I mean, c'mon -- 34 years of no action! No drilling off any U.S. coast anymore [thank you Nancy, Jeb & Co.], don't touch Anwar [thank you Dems], no nuke plants in our back yard [thank you Jane], no nuke waste stored in the Yucca Mountains [thank you Harry], no wind farms near Cape Cod [thank you Ted] and no more fossil fuels at all [thank you Al]. In the meantime strategic interests owing to our own shortsightedness have us at war for the stuff [thank you George I and II]. So given this litany you'd think we'd have done something in our interest -- but no. Our suppliers are laughing all the way to the bank while we jabber about global warming and our boys are dying. It's a national disgrace!
Okay, I'm done.
You must think I've crossed over to the dark side -- just a commodity and currency guy. No. But these markets will remain in the spotlight for some time.
Elsewhere equity markets consolidated. This is not surprising after Friday's big run-up especially after an options expiry session.
Will the following three PowerShares issues [PowerShares Dynamic Semiconductor (PSI), PowerShares Dynamic Software (PSJ) and PowerShares Dynamic Biotech & Genome (PBE)] continue to be more "dynamic" on the upside than their conventional counterparts?
And how about those equal weights that I like so much? Um, clearly I don't have Cramer's pull.
Okay let's move overseas and check out a smattering of markets.
I'd say the only folks who enjoyed Monday were oil barons. But the market consolidation today shouldn't surprise anyone on the heels of such a sharp move higher. There will be plenty of economic data coming our way throughout the week along with a passel of earnings reports.
And about energy policy... oh, nevermind.
The beat goes on.
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