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Shale gas blasts open world energy market

Unconventional treasure: Shale gas is trapped deep inside rock formations. Shale gas is a new and abundant source of natural gas, trapped in rock formations. Oil companies have known about it for decades but always dismissed it because it was too


  NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Higher Rubber costs mean upward price pressure on tires, industrial hoses, etc.   04.12.16 – Tokyo Benchmark Tokyo rubber futures extended gains to hit an 8-month high on Tuesday as firmer prices of oil and other commodities


NEGOTIATOR’S TAKE: Lubricants, plastics and transportation are all candidates for price reduction.     Toward prices not seen since the last financial crisis As U.S. oil fell to a six-year low below $41 a barrel on Wednesday, an increasing number

Palm oil at 6-week high on Brazil drought

The price of palm oil is at a six-week high, on speculation of an increase in overseas  demand due to fears of a soybeans supply shortage. Investors indeed fear that the low soybean production due to the Brazil drought, the

Cheap Natural Gas Drives down Costs for Chemicals and Fertilizer

Plunging prices have turned the U.S. into one of the most profitable places in the world to make chemicals and fertilizer, industries that use gas as both a feedstock and an energy source. And they have slashed costs for makers

Gasoline Futures Tumble As Oil-Supply Fears Ebb

U.S. gasoline-futures prices have dropped 16 cents a gallon over the past eight trading days, as more U.S. crude becomes available for refining into gasoline and fears about a shortage of refining capacity fade. Reformulated gasoline blendstock futures fell 2.8 cents

No Relief in Sight at Gas Pump

U.S. gasoline prices jumped 6% in February, and market experts predict they will climb higher because critical refining operations in the Northeast are shutting down. From New York to Philadelphia, refineries that turn oil into gasoline have been idled or

Gazprom: contract shake up could herald change in gas market pricing

In an unprecedented move for the Russian energy giant, Gazprom has agreed to incorporate spot market prices in some of its long-term European export contracts. More significantly, the move potentially represents a structural change in gas market pricing mechanisms away from oil-linked

Oil Reclaims $100, as $4-a-Gallon Gasoline Seems Likely

Light, sweet crude for June delivery rose $5.37, or 5.5%, to settle at $102.55 a barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange. Brent crude on the ICE futures exchange settled up $6.77, or 6.2%, to $115.90 a barrel. Oil futures

Palm Oil Seen Advancing 23%

At a time when consumers are focused on food costs that are within about 3 percent of a record, stockpiles of edible oils needed to make everything from noodles to fish sticks are dropping to a 3-decade low. The combined