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  • sollid_companiess_only by sollid_companiess_only Jun 22, 2014 11:41 AM Flag

    NEW YORK—Natural gas will cost more this year, on average, than previously expected, government forecasters said Tuesday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration said natural gas will average $4.74 per million British thermal units, up 6.8% from its forecast last month, as supplies are likely to stay tight.

    The country's shale boom is encouraging power plants and industrial consumers to use more gas than expected, but the boom hasn't produced as much supply as expected this year, the EIA said. The agency's short-term forecast predicts the gas industry will need to produce more in November and December to catch up and match consumer demand of 72.3 billion cubic feet a day in 2014, up 0.22 billion cubic feet a day from last month's forecast.

    Gas prices have been rising this spring as investors question whether even record production could match unrelenting demand. Forecasters now say average prices from April through June will be 10% higher than they expected just a month ago, pushing the average price up for the whole year.

  • COP shareholders/investors are in the right place, at the right time. GLTA COP'ers!:

    NEW YORK—Natural gas will cost more this year, on average, than previously expected, government forecasters said Tuesday.

    The U.S. Energy Information Administration said natural gas will average $4.74 per million British thermal units, up 6.8% from its forecast last month, as supplies are likely to stay tight.

    The country's shale boom is encouraging power plants and industrial consumers to use more gas than expected, but the boom hasn't produced as much supply as expected this year, the EIA said. The agency's short-term forecast predicts the gas industry will need to produce more in November and December to catch up and match consumer demand of 72.3 billion cubic feet a day in 2014, up 0.22 billion cubic feet a day from last month's forecast.

    Gas prices have been rising this spring as investors question whether even record production could match unrelenting demand. Forecasters now say average prices from April through June will be 10% higher than they expected just a month ago, pushing the average price up for the whole year.

  • To enhance its energy security, China has been pressing forward with its Strategic Petroleum Reserve plans amid its feverish race to secure oil and gas deals worldwide. In July, the country’s state-run Sinochem Corp. started expanding a facility that will become the country’s largest strategic oil reserve site. The site on Aoshan island, just off the manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province in east China, will eventually hold 50 million barrels, or roughly ten days of China’s current rate of net crude imports, after adding a 19-million-barrel farm to its existing 31-million-barrel base.

    This news follows China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) March disclosure that it had started construction on a SPR facility in Jinzhou City. Both projects are part of eight facilities planned for China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Phase Two (SPR II). The Jinzhou site it expected to begin operations by 2015. It is expected to store 3 million cubic meters (18.9 million barrels) of oil, and will cost Chinese Yuan 2.26 billion ($357.4 million), according to Xinhua News Agency.

    How this will play out in international oil markets and even geo-politically is already being seen. While it’s no secret that oil price increases in the last ten years are partly due to increased Chinese demand, China’s filling of its oil reserve facilities will take that to the next level, making China an oil shaker and mover on par with the United States. In fact the US, who can influence the price of oil with releases from its massive 700 million barrel reserves, will have even stiffer competition from China who is projected to have 500 million barrels once it completes its SPR facilities by 2020. By then, the world’s number one and number two oil importers will have over a billion barrels of oil in reserve. Added to the mix is a January disclosure by Goldman Sachs that within a year and a half China is due to overtake the US to become the world's largest oil importer.

  • To enhance its energy security, China has been pressing forward with its Strategic Petroleum Reserve plans amid its feverish race to secure oil and gas deals worldwide. In July, the country’s state-run Sinochem Corp. started expanding a facility that will become the country’s largest strategic oil reserve site. The site on Aoshan island, just off the manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province in east China, will eventually hold 50 million barrels, or roughly ten days of China’s current rate of net crude imports, after adding a 19-million-barrel farm to its existing 31-million-barrel base.

    This news follows China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) March disclosure that it had started construction on a SPR facility in Jinzhou City. Both projects are part of eight facilities planned for China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Phase Two (SPR II). The Jinzhou site it expected to begin operations by 2015. It is expected to store 3 million cubic meters (18.9 million barrels) of oil, and will cost Chinese Yuan 2.26 billion ($357.4 million), according to Xinhua News Agency.

    How this will play out in international oil markets and even geo-politically is already being seen. While it’s no secret that oil price increases in the last ten years are partly due to increased Chinese demand, China’s filling of its oil reserve facilities will take that to the next level, making China an oil shaker and mover on par with the United States. In fact the US, who can influence the price of oil with releases from its massive 700 million barrel reserves, will have even stiffer competition from China who is projected to have 500 million barrels once it completes its SPR facilities by 2020. By then, the world’s number one and number two oil importers will have over a billion barrels of oil in reserve. Added to the mix is a January disclosure by Goldman Sachs that within a year and a half China is due to overtake the US to become the world's largest oil importer.

  • sollid_companiess_only by sollid_companiess_only Jun 21, 2014 11:15 PM Flag

    To enhance its energy security, China has been pressing forward with its Strategic Petroleum Reserve plans amid its feverish race to secure oil and gas deals worldwide. In July, the country’s state-run Sinochem Corp. started expanding a facility that will become the country’s largest strategic oil reserve site. The site on Aoshan island, just off the manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province in east China, will eventually hold 50 million barrels, or roughly ten days of China’s current rate of net crude imports, after adding a 19-million-barrel farm to its existing 31-million-barrel base.

    This news follows China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) March disclosure that it had started construction on a SPR facility in Jinzhou City. Both projects are part of eight facilities planned for China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Phase Two (SPR II). The Jinzhou site it expected to begin operations by 2015. It is expected to store 3 million cubic meters (18.9 million barrels) of oil, and will cost Chinese Yuan 2.26 billion ($357.4 million), according to Xinhua News Agency.

    How this will play out in international oil markets and even geo-politically is already being seen. While it’s no secret that oil price increases in the last ten years are partly due to increased Chinese demand, China’s filling of its oil reserve facilities will take that to the next level, making China an oil shaker and mover on par with the United States. In fact the US, who can influence the price of oil with releases from its massive 700 million barrel reserves, will have even stiffer competition from China who is projected to have 500 million barrels once it completes its SPR facilities by 2020. By then, the world’s number one and number two oil importers will have over a billion barrels of oil in reserve. Added to the mix is a January disclosure by Goldman Sachs that within a year and a half China is due to overtake the US to become the world's largest oil importer.

  • sollid_companiess_only by sollid_companiess_only Jun 21, 2014 8:20 PM Flag

    To enhance its energy security, China has been pressing forward with its Strategic Petroleum Reserve plans amid its feverish race to secure oil and gas deals worldwide. In July, the country’s state-run Sinochem Corp. started expanding a facility that will become the country’s largest strategic oil reserve site. The site on Aoshan island, just off the manufacturing hub of Zhejiang province in east China, will eventually hold 50 million barrels, or roughly ten days of China’s current rate of net crude imports, after adding a 19-million-barrel farm to its existing 31-million-barrel base.

    This news follows China National Petroleum Corporation’s (CNPC) March disclosure that it had started construction on a SPR facility in Jinzhou City. Both projects are part of eight facilities planned for China’s Strategic Petroleum Reserve Phase Two (SPR II). The Jinzhou site it expected to begin operations by 2015. It is expected to store 3 million cubic meters (18.9 million barrels) of oil, and will cost Chinese Yuan 2.26 billion ($357.4 million), according to Xinhua News Agency.

    How this will play out in international oil markets and even geo-politically is already being seen. While it’s no secret that oil price increases in the last ten years are partly due to increased Chinese demand, China’s filling of its oil reserve facilities will take that to the next level, making China an oil shaker and mover on par with the United States. In fact the US, who can influence the price of oil with releases from its massive 700 million barrel reserves, will have even stiffer competition from China who is projected to have 500 million barrels once it completes its SPR facilities by 2020. By then, the world’s number one and number two oil importers will have over a billion barrels of oil in reserve. Added to the mix is a January disclosure by Goldman Sachs that within a year and a half China is due to overtake the US to become the world”s biggest oil importer.

  • sollid_companiess_only sollid_companiess_only Jun 21, 2014 10:13 AM Flag

    "Without the spectrum, DISH is worthless"

    I agree, without the spectrum Dish will be in a slow decline as the 'pay for tv' business is in decline. However, I don't believe that Dish's CEO, Ergen, will let the spectrum go without insuring the future of DISH.

  • sollid_companiess_only by sollid_companiess_only Jun 21, 2014 10:07 AM Flag

    COP has certainly rewarded it's shareholders over the last 12 months. In those 12 months, the PPS has risen from $60 to $85+ a share, a gain of 42%. And that gain doesn't include the generous dividend payout. What is even more important is that Management foresees continued success over the next five years at least, with gains forecasted in the double digits, annually.

    Good luck to all COP shareholders, I believe that you have invested in the right place at the right time.

  • Excerpt from the article/blog:

    Ensco plc (ESV)

    Ensco maintained a strong financial position in the first quarter of 2014:
    •$10 billion of contracted revenue backlog excluding bonus opportunities
    •Long-term debt-to-capital ratio of 27%
    •Fully available $2 billion revolving credit facility
    •$123 million of cash and cash equivalents

    ESV's payout ratio is relatively low at 42.29%, and it maintained a strong financial position. Furthermore, the demand for new oil and gas exploration is increasing, and the earnings growth prospects of the company are strong. All these factors lead me to believe that the company can continue to raise its dividend payments.

  • Verizon Wireless is very interested in buying Dish Network’s spectrum, The Post has learned.

    A top Verizon executive told a group of insiders in the last few weeks that the country’s No. 1 wireless carrier was eyeing the lucrative spectrum owned by Charlie Ergen’s satellite-TV company, a banker with direct knowledge of the conversation said.

    Analysts have estimated Dish’s spectrum could be worth as much as $17 billion.

    A second source close to the companies said the two companies have held informal, early talks about the spectrum.

    Verizon’s appetite comes only weeks after it tried to quiet deal rumors.

    CEO Lowell McAdam on May 20 said during an investor conference that Verizon was not interested in buying the $27 billion Dish.

    “I don’t think owning a satellite company is something I’m interested in at this point,” McAdam said.

    The CEO did not address Dish’s valuable spectrum.

    Acquiring the bandwidths would help Verizon better stream videos in urban areas.

    Plus, much of Dish’s spectrum is complementary to spectrum Verizon presently owns, a source said.

    Much of Dish’s spectrum is important for short-range Wi-Fi communications.

    The pressure may be building for Verizon to act soon.

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    Chevron Take Out MRO?

    by theville4ever_1972 Jun 19, 2014 8:49 AM
    sollid_companiess_only sollid_companiess_only Jun 19, 2014 9:36 AM Flag

    A Chevron buy out of MRO sure wouldn't be good news for MRO shareholders, even if Chevron offered a 50% premium for MRO shares. I've owned MRO shares for almost exactly 2 years, in my Fidelity IRA account. During that time period the pps of my MRO shares have gained over 60% in value, from $25 to $39. During the same two year period, Chevron only gained 20% in value.

    The only thing that MRO shareholders would gain from such a buyout is a short term premium on their shares. MRO is an up and coming energy company that can grow it's output and shareholder wealth dramatically and quickly. Chevron is a behemoth that can't.

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