LONDON — Brent crude surged to a six-month high on Wednesday as western countries prepared to attack Syria, raising concerns over the security of oil supplies across the Middle East, which pumps a third of the world’s oil.
The United States and its allies are readying for air strikes against the forces of President Bashar al-Assad, blamed for poison gas attacks last week. But the timing of any action was unclear.
The stock market has been weak lately, and commodities have been getting crushed. Does this mean that the global economy is really slowing down hard? Maybe. Recent U.S. economic data has been disappointing, especially in the realm of housing, which is what the US bull case is all about.
It’s no surprise to Chris Damas, editor of the BCMI Report, that Surge Energy, the largest shareholder of Longview Oil Corp., has finally agreed to buy the rest of the company.
One month back, Damas wrote that Surge, which in the second week of February lobbed an “unsolicited non-binding proposal” into Longview to acquire all the outstanding shares, before backing away, argued Surge would return.
A curious thing happened last week. The prices of both monetary metals have been falling for a week and a half through February 15. No, that’s not the curious part. There is no law of nature that says the prices have to go up, but if they go down it must be artificial somehow. The curious thing is that the price fell while open interest in futures rose, which is not typical of how the market has actually been behaving in recent years. Now let’s look at the data.
Despite being weeks away from the start of the driving season proper, gas prices - at the pump - have been surging recently. With premium now over $4 nationwide (over $5 in SoCal - up 25 days in a row), this is the most expensive gas has ever been for the second week in February despite gasoline being relatively well supplied.