Yukos Oil and Gas Company

The latest round of economic sanctions against Russia enacted by the US and European Union are designed to blunt Russia’s ability to tap western technology and expertise needed to develop complex oil deposits and shale resources. “The biggest edge that Western energy companies still have is their technological edge — that’s why these sanctions have… Keep reading →

Stocks End Day Flat, As EU Bailout Plan Continues To Affect Markets

“There has rarely been a more compelling time to invest in energy,” said Barclays analysts in their latest Global Energy Outlook, released this morning. Here are four key takeaways: Oil price risk has swung from downside to upside, thanks to geopolitical risk.  Geopolitical risk has supplanted US production growth as the big global story in… Keep reading →

ExxonMobil Holds Annual Shareholder Meeting In Dallas

US natural gas markets surprised ExxonMobil by overperforming on output and underperforming on price, pushing back the expected payoff from the company’s $41 billion deal to buy gas producer XTO Energy. ExxonMobil’s acquisition of XTO, completed in June 2010, proved somewhat ill-timed. It saddled the major with a major North American natural gas producer almost… Keep reading →