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Saturday, Mar 298:25 AM
Saturday, Mar 298:25 AM| 54 Comments
- The Obama administration is proposing rules to cut methane emissions at sites from landfills to coal mines, laying the groundwork for regulations that could affect the energy and agriculture industries.
- The first big target is the oil industry, with new Interior Department regulations coming later this year to curb venting and flaring of natural gas at wells on public lands and further air mandates possible from the EPA by 2016.
- The oil industry says energy firms already are taking steps to plug methane leaks and capture natural gas flowing out of oil wells, and that additional regulations "could have a chilling effect on the American energy renaissance."
- Agriculture accounts for 36% of human-related methane produced in the U.S., yet proposals for curbing gas emitted by livestock rely strictly on voluntary measures that are largely already under way.
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, KOL, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, FRAK, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, FXN, RYE, DDG
Thursday, Mar 2711:55 AM
Thursday, Mar 2711:55 AM| Comment!
- Investors are pouring money into energy companies, putting 7x as much into energy sector ETFs as they did last quarter and betting that profits of energy producers rise along with crude oil and natural gas prices.
- Energy collecting new money reflects optimism for a turnaround in companies like Exxon Mobil (XOM), XLE's biggest holding, but the bet may not pay off, as analysts generally foresee lower global oil prices in 2014 and gains in gas.
- ETFs focusing on oil and gas companies have captured 20% of the $10B in net inflows into ETFs this year, after hauling in only 2.5% of fresh money last quarter and 7.7% in all of 2013.
- ETFs: ERX, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, XOP, DIG, DUG, GASL, XES, IYE, IEO, IEZ, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FENY, FXN, RYE, DDG
Friday, Feb 214:49 PM
Friday, Feb 214:49 PM| 6 Comments
- ConocoPhillips (COP) CEO Ryan Lance refutes the warnings of shale boom skeptics, maintaining the U.S. shale revolution is only in the “first inning of a nine inning game” and critics shouldn’t assume growing shale production will stop any time soon.
- Skeptics say the U.S. is facing a shale bubble, and energy production declines much more dramatically from shale drilling relative to conventional techniques, but Lance adamantly disagrees, arguing that the industry’s technology advances could compensate for any projected production declines.
- "What we’re learning is we’ve only scratched the surface of what technology can do to improve the outlook over the years,” Lance says, and “this is the layer that can last for quite some time."
- ETFs: XLE, ERX, OIH, VDE, ERY, FCG, DIG, XOP, DUG, GASL, FRAK, IYE, IEO, GASX, PXE, PXJ, PXI, PSCE, FXN, FENY, RYE, DDG
Tuesday, Nov 122013, 7:15 PM
Tuesday, Nov 122013, 7:15 PM| 61 Comments
- The secret, dirty cost of the U.S. ethanol push: The ethanol era has proven far more damaging to the environment than promised and much worse than the government admits today, according to an AP analysis. (also)
- As farmers rushed to find new places to plant corn, they wiped out millions of acres of conservation land, destroyed habitat and polluted water supplies, the report says; 5M acres of land set aside for conservation have vanished on Obama's watch.
- Government mandates to increase ethanol production have helped drive up corn prices, leading to marginal land being farmed to produce the crop; in 2012, 44% of the U.S. corn crop was used for fuel, about twice the rate in 2006.
- Relevant stocks: VLO, ADM, PEIX, BIOF, GPRE, REGI
- ETFs: FUE, IEO, IEX, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG
Wednesday, Oct 162013, 7:15 PM
Wednesday, Oct 162013, 7:15 PM| 16 Comments
- The U.S. has passed Saudi Arabia as the world’s biggest oil producer, thanks to the fastest oil production expansion over a four-year period since the 1970-74 Saudi output surge, energy analysis firm PIRA says.
- The U.S. growth rate is greater than the sum of the growth of the next nine fastest growing countries combined and has covered most of the world's net demand growth over the past two years, according to PIRA.
- Total liquids produced by the U.S., defined broadly to include supplies such as crude oil, condensate, natural gas liquids and biofuels, should average 12.1M bbl/day in 2013, a 3.2M bbl/day jump from 2009.
- ETFs: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
Tuesday, Oct 152013, 6:58 PM
Tuesday, Oct 152013, 6:58 PM| 1 Comment
- The U.S. Supreme Court today agreed to review the EPA’s approach to regulating greenhouse gas emissions from refineries, power plants and other stationary sources, throwing the Obama administration's landmark rules into a state of uncertainty.
- The move was applauded by the American Petroleum Institute, which said “the Clean Air Act clearly only requires pre-construction permits for six specific emissions that impact national air quality - not greenhouse gases."
- The news breathes new life into lawsuits by industry groups and several states that challenged the EPA's regulations; last year, the D.C. federal appeals court sided with the EPA on nearly every issue in the case.
- ETFs: GRN, IDU, PUI, XLU, VPU, RYU, FXU, PSCU, UPW, SDP, UTLT, IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
Monday, Oct 142013, 2:49 PM
Monday, Oct 142013, 2:49 PM| Comment!
- The U.S. may be set to surpass Russia as the world’s largest oil and natural gas producer, but it ranks fifth out of 13 countries in overall energy security, says a report from Roubini Global Economics (yes, that Roubini) and Securing America’s Future Energy.
- The U.S. ranks high because of its relatively high levels of domestic oil production, but its fuel consumption per capita was higher than everyone except Saudi Arabia; the more fuel a country consumes, the more susceptible it is to supply disruptions and price volatility.
- Saudi Arabia and Russia, which derive ~90% and ~50% respectively of export revenues from oil, are lowest ranked, while Japan and the U.K. are the top two because they rank lowest on the oil intensity scale; Japan consumes 0.3 barrels of oil per $1,000 of its GDP, but the U.S. consumes nearly twice as much.
- ETFs: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
Friday, Oct 112013, 6:50 PM
Friday, Oct 112013, 6:50 PM| 13 Comments
- The EPA seeks to calm a furor over its apparent proposal to reduce ethanol use in gasoline next year (I, II), saying no final decisions have been made and the Obama administration remains committed to developing biofuels as a part of the plan to reduce U.S. dependence on imported oil.
- Growth Energy, a pro-ethanol group, calls for an investigation of the leak of what it says are unverified draft documents that were still under review.
- Ethanol groups fear any wavering on the use of ethanol could undermine their future, while oil refiners say the law is forcing them to spend billions of dollars to buy ethanol credits and driving up gasoline prices.
- Top ethanol/biofuels stocks: GPRE, REGI, PEIX.
- ETFs: FUE, IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 6:45 PM
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 6:45 PM| 4 Comments
- The increase of U.S. energy output in recent years has been widely discussed, but a WSJ analysis of global data shows the U.S. is on track to pass Russia as the world's largest producer of oil and gas this year - if it hasn't already.
- The U.S. last year tapped more natural gas than Russia for the first time since 1982, and it's catching up in pumping crude; Russia produced an average 10.8M bbl/day in H1 2013, 900K/day more than the U.S. but down from a difference of 3M bbl/day a few years ago.
- The amount of crude from the Bakken oil field in North Dakota and the Eagle Ford shale in Texas continues to rise rapidly, while Russian output is expected to remain flat through 2016; that's a big problem for Russia, whose oil exports could fall 25%-30% after 2015, reducing GDP more than $100B. (also)
- ETFs: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG, IXC, IOIL, AXEN, IPW, GNAT, FILL, RSX, ERUS, RBL, RSXJ, RUDR.
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 3:26 PM
Wednesday, Oct 22013, 3:26 PM| 2 Comments
- It's a pretty good day for refiners, even as most energy stocks slip, as Phillips 66 (PSX +2.1%), Valero (VLO +1.2%), Tesoro (TSO +0.2%), Western Refining (WNR +1.2%), Marathon Petroleum (MPC +1.2%) and HollyFrontier (HFC +0.4%) all post gains.
- PSX rises the most among energy companies in the S&P 500 after announcing a 25% increase in its quarterly dividend, VLO and TSO are upgraded to Buy from Neutral at Citigroup (I, II), and WNR rolls out a 12.5M-share IPO of its logistics unit.
- Refiners generally have come in for criticism recently; Barclays, for one, believes most refiners will miss consensus earnings expectations by a wide margin, with VLO the exception.
Monday, Sep 302013, 4:59 PM
Monday, Sep 302013, 4:59 PM| Comment!
- In the event of a federal government shutdown, the energy industry would keep on drilling but approval of new plans would pause, WSJ’s Tom Fowler reports.
- New oil and gas permitting on public lands as well as the review of new offshore drilling plans would come to a halt, but most safety inspections and the review of ongoing offshore drilling would continue, according to contingency plans prepared by the Interior Department.
Saturday, Sep 282013, 8:25 AM
Saturday, Sep 282013, 8:25 AM| 38 Comments
- North America will become "energy independent" by 2020 on the strength of the shale revolution and then become a net energy exporter, consultant Wood Mackenzie says in a new report.
- North America’s energy independence will introduce a new dynamic to coal, oil and gas prices; coal and gas exports will establish a price cap on their respective markets during periods of high demand, and weak oil demand growth will see U.S. tight oil provide a price floor under crude markets.
- The report says energy independence does not imply a North America entirely detached from global markets; the region as a whole will be dependent on others to clear excess production, and the U.S. will need to import oil for the foreseeable future.
- ETFs: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG, IXC, IOIL, AXEN, IPW, GNAT, FILL.
Tuesday, Sep 172013, 7:15 PM
Tuesday, Sep 172013, 7:15 PM| 3 Comments
- The national U.S. average gasoline price chalked up its 1,000th consecutive day above $3/gallon today, with no break in sight, according to AAA.
- The numbers offer some good news for drivers and bad news for oil companies: Monday’s price of $3.52 was $0.35 less than a year ago despite crude oil prices having risen ~$10/bbl in that time, and gas prices have stayed in a fairly narrow range of $3.40-$4 since the start of 2011.
- Gas prices could moderate but they won't fall below $3/gallon, says Patrick DeHaan of GasBuddy.com; paying less than $3 may have gone the way of using eight-track tapes or going to a drive-in movie, AAA's Bob Darbelnet says.
Wednesday, Aug 282013, 11:59 AM
Wednesday, Aug 282013, 11:59 AM| 1 Comment
- Energy stocks (XLE +1.9%) lead the way this session as West Texas crude tests $110, with tensions over Syria continuing to feed Middle East supply concerns; Syria concerns and Libyan export cuts are trumping the bearish influence from a surprise gain for U.S. crude supplies.
- Among sector leaders: MRO +3.3%, EOG +3.1%, CVX +2.5%, TOT +2.4%, WLL +2.4%, APC +2.2%, RDS.A +2.1%, XOM +2.1%, HAL +2%, SLB +2%, COP +1.8%, PSX +1.7%, BP +1.6%, APA +1.6%, HES +1.5%, KOG +1.3%.
- ETFs: ERX, VDE, DIG, IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XOP, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERY, DUG, DDG, FRAK.
- After big losses yesterday, gold miners (GDX +2.4%) are strong today despite only a slight gain in the metal.
- Miners: ABX +3.6%, GG +3.2%, NEM +2.2%, KGC +2%, SLW +2%, GFI +1.2%.
Monday, Aug 122013, 1:14 PM
Monday, Aug 122013, 1:14 PM| Comment!
- Know your ETF. The United States Oil Fund (USO) has returned just 0.6% annualized over the last 3 years even as WTI has gained 30%. The reason is its reliance on the futures market. With the market in its normal state of contango (out prices are higher than near prices), buy and hold gets creamed as contracts are rolled over.
- USO's strong performance this year has much to do with a futures market in "backwardation" - near term contracts are priced higher than longer-term ones. Unless you believe it's going to continue - and Newedge's Robbert van Batenburg says backwardation is extremely rare in WTI oil - it may be best to leave USO to the fast-money crowd.
- Oil funds that might enjoy a return to contango include USL and DBO, but perhaps the best way to play is through oil companies which benefit from a market allowing them to sell forward at better prices. The SPDR S&P Oil & Gas Exploration ETF (XOP) is an interesting ETF candidate.
- Related energy ETFs: U.S.: IEO, IEZ, IYE, PXE, PXI, XES, XLE, XOP, VDE, RYE, FXN, OIH, PXJ, PSCE, ERX, DIG, ERY, DUG, DDG.
- Related oil ETFs: OIL, USO, DBO, OLO, USL, CRUD, UCO, DTO, SCO, SZO, DNO, UWTI, DWTI.
Tuesday, Jul 162013, 1:13 PMEnergy (XLE -1.1%) is the worst performing S&P sector today with refiners taking the biggest hit following Marathon Petroleum's (MPC -4.9%) profit warning, which came on the heels of Valero's (VLO -2%) warning a few days ago as higher oil prices alongside flattish product pricing isn't a great combination. Others: Phillips 66 (PSX -3.3%), Tesoro (TSO -2.6%). |Tuesday, Jul 162013, 1:13 PM| Comment!