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Here Are Two More Boosts From Trump For Natural Resources

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Posted by Pierce Points

on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:41

HighlandvalleybigPolicy across the U.S. is changing fast since the election of President Trump. And natural resource companies have already begun to benefit from the shift.

Now two more major measures have just come down -- which could open big opportunities for mining and energy in the U.S.

The Department of Interior yesterday unveiled a raft of new policies. One of the biggest being a rollback of Obama-era regulations put in to protect wildlife.

Specifically, the sage grouse. A bird that resides in several prime mining and petroleum jurisdictions -- particularly in western U.S. states such as Nevada.

The Obama administration had brought in federal protection for the sage grouse. Including strict rules on land use in areas where the bird resides -- which had threatened to withdraw large tracts of land from mineral development and oil and gas drilling. 



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Commercials Are Shorting Massive Amounts Of This Commodity. Hint: It’s Not Gold

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Posted by King World News

on Wednesday, 09 August 2017 06:32

Man-U.S.-Called-Upon-To-Execute-QE1-Warns-Major-Chaos-To-Erupt-In-2015-864x400 cBelow you can see that commercial hedgers in the crude oil market are back at one of the highest net short positions in history.

....view charts HERE

 

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Greenspan, Stagflation And What It Means For Commodities, Gold & Silver



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Tactics For Volatile Resource Stocks

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Posted by Morris Hubbartt - Super Force Signals

on Friday, 04 August 2017 07:28

Here are today's videos and charts (double click to enlarge):
 

SFS Key Tactics & Video Update

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Goldman: $50 Oil More Profitable Than $100 Oil

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Posted by OilPrice.com

on Friday, 04 August 2017 06:45

b48e226cedc003abf643fa017e783415Big international oil companies are currently generating more cash at around-US$50 oil price than they did when the price of oil exceeded US$100 in early 2014, Goldman Sachs reckons.

“Simplification, standardization and deflation are repositioning the oil industry for better profitability and cash generation in the current environment than in 2013-14 when the oil price was above $100 a barrel,” Goldman Sachs analysts said in a research note on Wednesday, as quoted by Bloomberg.

....continue reading HERE

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Is The EIA Exaggerating U.S. Oil Production?



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Venezuela on the Brink—An Opportunity for Oil Investors?

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Posted by Frank Holmes - US Global Investors

on Thursday, 03 August 2017 07:10

COMM-oppositions-demonstrators-venezuela-flag-burning-fire-07282017Venezuela is sliding closer and closer toward the brink, and things look as if they’ll get worse, unfortunately, before they improve.

A country that boasts the largest proven oilfield in the world should not be facing such dire food and medicine shortages, not to mention rampant protests and violence in the streets. But that’s what happens when far-left, authoritarian socialist regimes threaten to dissolve economic freedom, the rule of law and democracy itself.

Screen Shot 2017-08-03 at 7.08.36 AMAs you might have heard, a vote passed in Venezuela on Sunday that could permanently amend the country’s constitution for the worse. President Nicolas Maduro is now poised to become the world’s next absolute dictator.

Last Wednesday, the U.S. Treasury Department issued economic sanctions on 13 current and former Venezuela government officials in an effort to encourage Maduro to drop the election, which—let’s be honest—was likely rigged in his favor. According to Transparency International, Venezuela is among the most corrupt countries on the planet, ranking 166 out of 176 in 2016.

“We will continue to take strong and swift actions against the architects of authoritarianism in Venezuela, including those who participate in the National Constituent Assembly as a result of today’s flawed election,” the U.S. State Department said in a statement issued Sunday.

So why am I telling you this? Again, Venezuela sits atop the world’s largest proven oil patch. Crude accounts for roughly 95 percent of its export earnings. If Maduro does not relent, the U.S. could very possibly target the country’s oil industry next.

As Evercore ISI put it last week, the Treasury Department’s decision is “the first step toward comprehensive sectoral sanctions, including crude oil imports into the U.S.”

This would be phenomenally disruptive to Venezuela’s already fragile economy. Right now, the U.S. is the country’s top cash-generating market. Unlike most other markets, the U.S. pays its oil import invoices in full and on time. Venezuela could always boost exports to other existing clients, but the cash would dry up.

To be fair, such a move wouldn’t be exactly painless for the U.S. either. Venezuela is currently its third-largest supplier of crude, following Canada and Saudi Arabia. Several large American producers, including Chevron, Halliburton and Schlumberger, have joint-venture contracts with Petroleos de Venezuela (PDVSA), the South American country’s state-run oil company. And a number of oil refineries in the U.S. are equipped specifically to handle Venezuela’s notoriously extra-heavy crude.  



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