Chemicals and the Economy

Paul Hodges

Futures markets, US shale, the big winners from OPEC meeting
7th December 2016 by

There were only two winners from the past 3 months of OPEC’s “Will they?, Won’t th...

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ExxonMobil, Saudi Arabia, differ on oil outlook – or do they?
26th October 2016 by

If asked about the outlook for prices, oil company CEOs normally duck the question.  And they certa...

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Oil heads back to $30/bbl and probably lower
25th July 2016 by

There was never any fundamental reason why oil prices should have doubled between January and June t...

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Naimi finally allowed to retire, Saudi oil policy stays the same
8th May 2016 by

80-year olds are allowed to retire, even if they have to wait a year for final permission to be give...

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Saudi plans to transform Aramco to energy /industrial company
27th April 2016 by

“Within 20 years, we will be an economy that doesn’t depend mainly on oil“. With t...

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US, Iran to sell oil in January as Libya ramps up volumes
24th December 2015 by

Both the US and Iran are likely to be moving oil into world markets early in the New Year. The lifti...

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OPEC hit as ‘peak oil demand’ arrives and US imports fall
20th April 2015 by

Oil market traders have been having fun in recent weeks, as they have managed to create guaranteed p...

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Saudi lets ‘market decide’ on oil prices to maximise local jobs
26th February 2015 by

I was kindly invited last week to give a keynote address at the annual ME-TECH conference in Dubai....

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Gulf countries risk losing US defence shield if oil prices stay high
11th December 2014 by

I imagine a version of this chart has been keeping ministers awake at nights in Riyadh and the othe...

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OPEC’s high prices have accelerated move away from oil to gas
10th December 2014 by

Does OPEC have a future?  Or has it already disappeared as an effective force in oil markets?  I ...

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