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  • Natural Gas: The Tricky Craft Of Counting Drilling Rigs - Part I [View article]
    The rig count conundrum is well covered here: Do you think rig count affects price movements, as markets clearly give a higher value to "liquids-rich" players?
    Oct 26, 2012. 03:19 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas: Is The Injection Season Already In The Rear View Mirror? [View article]
    Gross withdrawals:

    Full well-stream volume, including all natural gas plant liquids and all nonhydrocarbon gases, but excluding lease condensate. Also includes amounts delivered as royalty payments or consumed in field operations.

    The decrease in gross withdrawals might only reflect the increased focus on liquids, rather than an actual drop in dry production. There are many possibilities here. It'll be interesting to see the July numbers next week.
    Sep 17, 2012. 11:50 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Natural Gas: Is The Injection Season Already In The Rear View Mirror? [View article]
    Interesting analysis Richard. 2011 was the warmest winter in record in 50+ years and yet the injection volume, even if history repeated itself, according to your analysis, would amount to just over 4000 Bcf. With coal to gas switching I expect storage to shoot to close to 4000. Production, I agree with jbcguy, is somewhat ambiguous this year, so far you only see increasing production despite the depressed prices. Even though the demand is there it's kinda puzzling how long producers can sustain through this period, I still don't believe the new focus on liquids offer a full substitute for the loss in gas.
    Sep 17, 2012. 05:41 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Shouldn't Feel Pessimistic About Natural Gas [View article]
    classic issue. when price is down do you buy more of the commodity or do you want to sell off? how do you define "the near term"? many forecasts say that natural gas prices will recover in 2013 but what if we won't see that happen until 2014-2015? it's purely based on what you believe in, you can argue either way: one is gonna be right.
    Sep 14, 2012. 03:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why You Shouldn't Feel Pessimistic About Natural Gas [View article]
    Good call. What this means is the increasing demand for natural gas is real, the key problem is timing, i.e. when would this translate into increasing prices. However with the upcoming uncertainty in nat gas prices, it'd be interesting to see what's coming up in the next two or three months. I don't really buy into what these companies' CEOs say at the Barclays conference, the setback in price is not enough to deter the production frenzy.
    Sep 12, 2012. 10:42 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Small Companies Feel the Pain in China [View article]
    I generally don't agree with the single-minded way of looking at consumption share of income as the sole indicator of rising/decreasing consumption. When your income goes up, you can spend more or save more or both. Which effect will be larger on the consumption share may not be that obvious. If you're in China, you'll see people are definitely spending more. Luxury items for example are rising very fast there and expected to go up as the government ponders lowering taxes. The younger generations in China are also not that obsessed with saving 50%+ of their income, given their improving standard of living and better social services available. I agree there're quite a lot of regional differences but a lot of positive transformation is happening everywhere too.
    Jun 30, 2011. 10:11 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Microsoft After Earnings: Still a Screaming Buy [View article]
    MSFT before 2000 was golden. Just not any more. I don't disagree with you about the majority of your arguments but there's no way they can make such a big jump. They're still pretty much dependent on Windows and for a large part a software company. With Windows going down (it's not far away), you need a big item to make up for it and who can tell whether the Kinect will be the next big thing? They've been sluggish for a while for a reason, that's all.
    Apr 29, 2011. 10:27 AM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Coca Cola: Attractive Upside at No Cost [View article]
    Your results are as good as your data can get. Plus, it's hard to believe in models that only include the last 20 years.
    Apr 15, 2011. 10:49 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Can China Slow Its Bank Lending? [View article]
    Nice China analysis. I like the part about how the PBoC can hardly control bank lending via using a loan ceiling and simply mopping the excess with a "reserve requirement" while the financial services sector has become far more advanced. Which basically says the RRR hike counts no more than a political tool... sooner or later we'll see the effect of ugly corporates receiving cheap money.
    Feb 27, 2011. 08:52 PM | 4 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Why It's Important to Not Focus on Price: The Long Case for Clorox [View article]
    this feels like comparing apples to oranges. Minimum wage in 1999 is different from that of 2011.
    Feb 19, 2011. 11:40 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • BP's (BP) "top kill" attempt to plug the leaking Gulf well seems to be working so far, but new estimates say the spill is already at least as big as Exxon Valdez and could double in size. Daniel Gross is tempted to "tar and feather" BP execs, but instead suggests giving tax breaks or cash bonuses to companies that consistently avoid spoiling the environment.  [View news story]
    the government should think about how to better monitor the companies instead. tax breaks may give them the incentive to hide bad numbers.
    May 27, 2010. 08:55 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Land of the Rising Stocks: A Conversation with Neil Hennessy [View article]
    Aging population can add to consumption as well. And also, about your opinion about immigration, I would say Japan universities are pretty open towards international students (just read an article a while ago about a university lab in Japan with all Chinese students) and the Japanese know they will have to continue this trend.
    I agree that Japan is still one of the most advanced markets, you can't easily beat that even given the (inflated) growth of the China bubble, which may go burst any day.
    May 25, 2010. 12:32 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Market Is Technically Broken [View article]
    I suppose the market is assuming unusually bigger risks, clearly stemming from macro happenings lately. With this volatility, I wouldn't quite trust the technicals. Better stay out for a while and watch.
    May 24, 2010. 09:30 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The Must Know Truth About Gold [View article]
    May 24, 2010. 03:08 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • The global economy is unusually fragile, so "all bets are off" if the European financial system starts wobbling, Yves Smith worries. "The bailout plan shifted risk from the periphery to the core of Europe, and the core, upon examination, does not look too solid. Prepare yourself for a rough ride."  [View news story]
    The Senate's recent vote to veto should the IMF aid-receiver does not "certify" its ability to pay back doesn't do much help. What does the Senate mean by "certify"? I would say the US has placed too much focus on EU problems it forgot its home issues with California and its own financial system.

    Also, while part of the EU's problem is because of the shared currency, it's also because of individual countries' lack of fiscal responsibility. Clearly the solution needs to be done at the country level. It's a clear message that we can no longer resort to the "global financial regulation" mantra for any kind of regulatory reform.

    And well, don't blindly believe in AAA ratings, either sovereign or corporate.
    May 20, 2010. 09:36 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment