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  • Is the shale gas revolution over? @ USA TODAY - Sat, Sep 19, 2015 10:32 AM EDT

    Before there was a boom in oil production in the United States, there was the "shale gas revolution."

  • The YoY (year-over-year) capacity factor for coal fell, while natural gas-fired power plants have seen an uptick in utilization rate during the same period.

  • Natural Gas Prices Are Trading within a Narrow Channel Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 6:05 PM EDT

    The slowing natural gas inventory and warm weather could support natural gas prices. The nearest resistance for natural gas is seen at $3 per MMBtu.

  • Coal Shipments Fall Marginally after Rising for 4 Straight Weeks Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 12:07 PM EDT

    According to EIA estimates, US coal shipments dropped marginally to 18.6 million tons during the week ended September 4, compared to 18.7 million tons for the week ended August 28.

  • Bitcoin Is Now Classified as a Commodity in the U.S. Entrepreneur - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 11:03 AM EDT
    Bitcoin Is Now Classified as a Commodity in the U.S.

    The digital currency has the same designation as gold or oil.

  • Natural Gas Prices Falls on the Inventory Report Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 10:39 AM EDT

    October natural gas futures contracts fell for the second day. Natural gas prices fell slightly by 0.37% and settled at $2.65 per MMBtu on September 17, 2015.

  • Will Crude Oil Prices Be Range Bound? Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 7:56 AM EDT

    The falling crude oil inventory and slowing signs of US crude oil production could support crude oil prices. Prices could see resistance at $50 per barrel.

  • Crude Oil Prices Rose 6% on the EIA’s Inventory Report Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 7:55 AM EDT

    The larger-than-expected inventory fall led to a massive rise in crude oil prices. Prices rose almost 6% at the end of trade on September 15, 2015.

  • Crude Oil Prices Are Almost Flat as the Fed Delays the Rate Hike Market Realist - Fri, Sep 18, 2015 7:55 AM EDT

    NYMEX-traded WTI crude oil futures contracts for October delivery fell slightly on September 17, 2015. Crude oil prices fell as the Fed delayed the rate hike.

  • Why Commodity Prices Could Stay Low Market Realist - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 3:36 PM EDT

    As the dollar is likely to get stronger, commodity prices could stay subdued, negatively affecting commodity-exporting economies like Brazil.

  • Where Commodity Metal Prices Are Headed 24/7 Wall St. - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 1:05 PM EDT

    On the EconoMonitor blog, two researchers from the IMF have posted a brief account of the commodity price downturn in both base metals and oil.

  • US Electricity Generation Rises in Week Ended September 4 Market Realist - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 12:07 PM EDT

    Electricity generation in the US increased to 86.8 million MWh for the week ended September 4, a 4% increase from the previous week’s 83.5 million MWh.

  • Higher US Natural Gas Consumption Supports Prices Market Realist - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 10:06 AM EDT

    In the week ended September 2, total US natural gas consumption increased 0.9% week-over-week.

  • Crude Oil Prices Drop—How Does This Impact Coal? Market Realist - Thu, Sep 17, 2015 9:07 AM EDT

    WTI crude oil prices closed at $44.63 per barrel during the week ended September 11, down 3.1% from the closing price of $46.05 during the week ended September 4.

  • Natural Gas Rig Count Is Flat despite Falling Natural Gas Prices Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 3:05 PM EDT

    Last week, Baker Hughes published the active US oil and gas rig count report on September 4, 2015. The natural gas rig count didn't change.

  • Has Crude Oil Finally Made A Long-Term Bottom? Benzinga - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 1:42 PM EDT

    Joel Elconin is the co-host of Benzinga's #PreMarket Prep , a daily trading idea radio show. October Crude Oil futures were trading sharply higher by $2.16 at $46.76 in Wednesday's session. Off the initial ...

  • Another Bidder in the Picture for Patriot Coal Assets 24/7 Wall St. - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 1:25 PM EDT

    The twice-delayed auction for the assets of bankrupt Patriot Coal has attracted another potential bidder, according to the company’s attorney,

  • Natural Gas Inventory Report Brings Some Good News for Coal Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 12:52 PM EDT

    The EIA's natural gas inventory report for the week ended September 4 shows an inventory of 3,261 billion cubic feet compared to 3,193 Bcf a week earlier.

  • What’s the Impact of Global Factors on Crude Oil Prices? Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:24 AM EDT

    Crude oil prices have fallen almost 50% since last year due to an imbalance in the market. Apathetic economic growth in China and Europe is restraining the global appetite for crude oil, which is in abundant ...

  • Crude Oil Production Outpaces Consumption Growth Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 11:24 AM EDT

    In its August STEO report, the EIA forecast that falling crude oil production in the United States in response to lower oil prices will help moderate oil inventory builds in the coming months.

  • Who Wins If America's Oil Export Ban Is Squashed? Benzinga - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 9:23 AM EDT

    House Republicans plan on voting in the next couple of weeks on a bill that would lift the ban on U.S. oil exports. It’s unclear if the bill will gain enough support from congressional Democrats to pass. ...

  • Crude Oil Prices Are Trading in a Downward Trending Range Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 8:01 AM EDT

    October WTI crude oil futures rose for the first time after falling for two consecutive days. Slowing US crude oil production is driving crude oil prices.

  • Will the API and EIA Data Support Crude Oil Prices? Market Realist - Wed, Sep 16, 2015 8:00 AM EDT

    The API (American Petroleum Institute) published its weekly crude oil, gasoline, and distillates stocks report on September 15, 2015.

  • Natural Gas Inventory Will Be above the 5-Year Average Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:49 PM EDT

    The EIA expects that the natural gas inventory could hit 3,840 Bcf by the end of October 2015. It's 43 Bcf more than the five-year average.

  • Warmer Weather Estimates Benefit Natural Gas Prices Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:49 PM EDT

    October natural gas futures contracts trading in NYMEX rose by 2.41% on September 14. The rising demand due to warm weather estimates supported natural gas prices.

  • How the Weakness in WTI Crude Oil Spread to Oil Rig Counts Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:48 PM EDT

    On September 11, Baker Hughes disclosed the US rig count at noon. WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil increased 0.20% to ~$45.03 following the disclosure.

  • Crude Oil, Natural Gas Rig Counts Down in Week Ended September 11 Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:46 PM EDT

    In the week ended September 11, 2015, the US rig count decreased by ten crude oil rigs, while the natural gas rig count decreased by six.

  • US Natural Gas Rig Count and Natural Gas Prices Diverge Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:20 PM EDT

    On September 11, Baker Hughes published its weekly gas and oil rig count report. The US natural gas rig count fell by six for the week ending September 11.

  • Natural Gas Prices Are Almost Flat Due to Warm Weather Estimates Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 4:20 PM EDT

    Natural gas futures contracts for October delivery rose by 0.37% on September 11. Natural gas prices rose for the second day due to the warm weather forecast.

  • US Propane Inventories and Prices Rise in Week Ended September 4 Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 1:35 PM EDT

    In the week ended September 4, US propane inventories rose 0.2 MMbbls to 96.6 MMbbls. These levels are 20.5 MMbbls greater, or 27% higher, than they were in the corresponding period last year.

  • Natural Gas Rises Last Week: UNG Up, but XOP Stays Flat Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 1:34 PM EDT

    The United States Natural Gas ETF (UNG) tracks prompt natural gas futures. UNG shares rose 0.88% between September 4 and September 10.

  • EIA Report Supports Natural Gas Prices Last Week Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 1:34 PM EDT

    Natural gas prices rose 1.05% from Friday, September 4, to Thursday, September 10. Prices closed at $2.683 per MMBtu on September 10, up from $2.655 per MMBtu on September 4.

  • US Natural Gas Inventories Up Less Than Expected, Prices Rise Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 1:34 PM EDT

    On September 10, the EIA published its Natural Gas Weekly Update for the week ended September 4. US natural gas inventories in storage increased 68 Bcf, causing inventories to rise to 3,261 Bcf.

  • UPDATE: Oil Export Ban to Get A Vote This Week @ 24/7 Wall St. - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 12:35 PM EDT

    The majority leader of the U.S. House of Representatives is expected to announce in a speech Tuesday in Houston that the full House will vote on legislation lifting the 40-year old ban on exports of U.S. ...

  • After Optimistic Employment Data, Bullions Take Downward Turn Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:28 AM EDT

    Generally, there is an inverse relationship between employment data and gold bullion prices. As a result, the positive outlook for employment data has had a negative impact on gold and other precious metals....

  • Will Ethanol Prices Recover in September? @ 24/7 Wall St. - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:15 AM EDT

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated that the corn crop for this year faces some hurdles, and that has pushed up the spot price for a gallon of ethanol.

  • Refinery Inputs Declining: Bearish for Crude Prices Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 11:09 AM EDT

    The EIA reported that US crude oil refinery inputs averaged 16.4 million barrels per day during the week ending August 28, 2015. This was 269,000 barrels per day less than the previous week’s average.

  • Key for Investors: Understanding the Consequences a Rate Hike Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 9:44 AM EDT

    A higher rate likely signifies a stronger economy backed by a stronger US dollar. As a result, the higher rates and a strong US dollar will make gold lose its sheen.

  • Crude Oil Prices Fall Due to Weak Demand Cues Market Realist - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 8:52 AM EDT

    NYMEX-traded WTI crude oil futures contracts for October delivery fell by 1.41% on September 14. The speculation of slowing demand put pressure on crude oil prices.

  • Traders Shy Away From Metals In Commodities Slump Benzinga - Tue, Sep 15, 2015 7:28 AM EDT

    With China facing an economic slowdown and many questioning whether or not the nation's government data presents a reliable picture of just how bad the situation is, metal prices have fallen to multi-year ...

  • BHP’s Focus: From Capital-Intensive to Productivity-Driven Growth Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 8:07 PM EDT

    BHP Billiton generated a free cash flow (or FCF) of $6.3 billion in fiscal 2015. A productivity gain of $4.1 billion was one of the main drivers behind FCF generation.

  • WTI and Brent Crude Oil Prices Fell Last Week Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 2:58 PM EDT

    Crude oil prices affect energy MLPs differently. While upstream companies are affected directly by fluctuations in crude oil prices, the impact on midstream MLPs is more indirect.

  • Crude Oil Inventories Were Up in the Week Ended September 4 Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 2:57 PM EDT

    US crude oil inventories rose 0.6% in the week ended September 4 compared to the previous week.

  • Yahoo shares slump after executive exit @ USA TODAY - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 12:49 PM EDT

    The news dropped at a critical point for Mayer, who has yet to reignite growth of Yahoo's advertising business and was recently dealt a setback by the Internal Revenue Service in her quest to spin off ...

  • Why Devaluation of Domestic Currency Is Beneficial for Miners Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 12:30 PM EDT

    Most gold miners in non-US countries have rejoiced in the stronger dollar. The increase in the dollar meant devaluation for domestic countries in which miners incur their costs.

  • Are Rising SGE Withdrawals a Concern for Gold Investors? Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 12:21 PM EDT

    As of August 28, SGE saw a withdrawal of 254 metric tons for the month. This is remarkably higher than withdrawals for the same week in August 2013. The figure seems to be a new record for SGE.

  • Silver Supply Is Not Unlimited Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 12:20 PM EDT

    The demand for silver for industrial purposes has been on the rise since 1987. The demands went beyond the supply in 1990.

  • Is Kinder Morgan Undervalued? @ 24/7 Wall St. - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 11:15 AM EDT

    Kinder Morgan is performing about where the company projected it to be, and it’s not really that much worse than a year ago, even though commodity prices are way down.

  • OPEC Forecasts Lower US Production 24/7 Wall St. - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 10:20 AM EDT

    OPEC released its September Oil Market Report Monday morning, and the cartel raised its forecast of 2015 global demand growth to nearly 1.5 million barrels a day.

  • Will Crude Oil Prices Hit $20 per Barrel? Market Realist - Mon, Sep 14, 2015 7:54 AM EDT

    The pessimistic sentiments of oversupply concerns could drag crude oil prices lower. The next support is seen at $38 per barrel. Prices hit this mark in August 2015.

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