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24 May

About those Iranian and Venezuelan Flows

The threat of falling oil supply from both Iran and Venezuela looms large amid geopolitical tension, economic fears and sanctions. All the while, both are scrambling to maintain flows to key destinations. Below we take a peek at some such routes, and how flows could change.

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22 May

ClipperClips: Pumping Prices

Nutty times in the oil market (again). Yesterday morning I was out on NPR's Texas Standard discussing retail gasoline prices as they approach the $3/gallon handle, you can listen to the segment here. I also appeared on CNBC Asia last night, discussing the slow-motion car crash that is Venezuela, among other things. 

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15 May

Guest blog: Election Throws Iraq into Uncertainty

This is a guest blog by Noam Raydan, Geopolitical Analyst at ClipperData. She focuses on political and security developments that could disrupt petroleum flows around the globe. She previously worked as a reporter for the Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times at their Beirut bureaus, covering Lebanon, Syria, and Iraq. She has also been a research analyst and consultant, focusing on...

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30 April

Electric Avenue

A Bloomberg article about electric buses in China is getting a good amount of mileage (sorry), and rightly so, given its detrimental impact on product demand (hark, ~70kbd this year). While China increases its focus on electric vehicles and takes aim at fuel emissions, it is also becoming a bigger player in the global fuels market, as exports increase amid higher domestic refining activity.  

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Tagged China product exports, China refinery runs, Ursa 1 Comment
25 April

Don't Fight the Falih

As oil prices hover close to multi-year highs, Saudi's Oil Minister has hit the wires saying that OPEC 'shouldn't be complacent and listen to some of the noise such as mission accomplished' . Just as we learned earlier in this economic cycle via 'don't fight the Fed', we too should take heed: 'Don't fight the Falih'.

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20 April

ClipperClip: Tension and Tariffs

This morning's appearance on CNBC's Worldwide Exchange hit the typical high notes re US output and and geopolitical tension, but we also discussed tariffs - and how a potential trade war could impact energy flows to China. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip - while also check out the charts below of propane and crude flows referenced:

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Tagged Saudi Aramco IPO, China tariffs, geopolitical tension 2 Comments
13 April

ClipperClips: Here and There

I was on the set of CNBC Squawk Box this morning talking about the oil forward curve and gasoline fuel economy, as well as being on CNBC Asia last night, discussing geopolitical tension.

Being Friday the 13th, there were ghoulish events going on: Hark, click on the ghost over my left shoulder to launch to the clip for Squawk Box (is the second half of the segment), while the CNBC Asia clip is...

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29 March

ClipperVlog: Venezuela

Today's vlog takes a look at Venezuelan flows, not only of exports, but of diluent imports as the Latin American nation tries to keep its exports flowing amid falling production. Hark, click on the below graphic to launch to the clip (and here is a link to yesterday's 'This Week in Petroleum').

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Tagged venezuela crude exports, naphtha exports to Venezuela 2 Comments
28 March

ClipperVlog: US Crude Export Trends

Happy Middle O'Week! In an effort to bring our ClipperData to life a bit more, here's an inaugural vlogpost discussing a Wall Street Journal article from earlier this week about US oil exports, which was based on our data. We also take a look at some of the current and emerging trends we see.

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23 March

A China Benchmark and Basrah Light

After being in the works for well over half a decade, China is finally launching its own crude futures contract next week, with the ultimate goal of creating a yuan-denominated global crude benchmark. The contract will comprise of seven grades that can be accepted for delivery: Dubai Fateh, Upper Zakum, Oman Export, Masila, Qatar Marine, Shengli and Basrah Light.

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Matt Smith deciphers and distills what is most relevant across the energy complex into cohesive and pithy knowledge you can use. The belly laugh is a bonus.

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