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28 November

Deal or no deal?

We have a week which starts with cartel controversy, and concludes with Nonfarm Friday. Somewhere inbetwixt, we get the small matter of an OPEC meeting in Vienna. With that in mind, hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today.

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10 October

Oil producer jawboning at work again

Good day! With Nonfarm Friday now behind us, we can look forward to a week of oil-specific monthly releases from IEA (tomorrow), OPEC (Wednesday) and EIA (Thursday).

As the spotlight swings onto another meeting of global producers - this time in Istanbul this week - rhetoric out of Saudi and Russia is once again encouraging an oil rally. Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets...

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30 September

Ministers writing checks that OPEC can't cash

Surely the latest actions by OPEC in Algiers threatens the very core of the cartel, given its members have agreed to something that is going to be extremely difficult to follow through on. To coin a phrase (well, kind of) from Top Gun, the cartel's oil ministers are writing checks that OPEC can't cash.

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23 September

Going through the motions

Crude prices are selling off, aided by Saudi comments that a decision will not be forthcoming from next week's OPEC meeting in Algiers. Add to this news that the Federal Reserve is looking to restrict bank involvement in physical commodities...and dollar strength as the cherry on top...and oil is heading lower into the weekend. Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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08 September

Large oil draw surprises market

 As a humongous draw to oil inventories has wrong-footed the market, crude prices have ripped higher in response. Hark, here are five things to consider in oil markets today:

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30 August

ClipperClip: Not warming to a freeze

It was great to be on the CNBC Squawk Box set again, made all the more fun by getting to meet Davis Love III in the green room with the Ryder Cup. We covered (the anchors and myself, not Davis Love III ) next month's meeting of OPEC and key oil producers, as well as retail gasoline prices and U.S. domestic production. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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09 August

ClipperClip: Dismissing OPEC freeze rumors

I had a fun chat with Bernie Lo on CNBC Asia last night about a whole host of things. Part of the interview is featured below, where we discussed the likelihood - or the lack thereof - of an OPEC production freeze. Hark, click on the below mugshot to launch to the clip:

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29 June

Oil marching on as sentiment improves

Once again, broader markets are maintaining a risk-on stance, with a falling dollar helping to usher crude prices higher. With weekly inventories bringing focus back to U.S. fundamentals as we charge toward a holiday weekend (stay strong, my friends), here are five things to consider relating to oil and energy today. 

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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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