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Investing Topics: OPEC

Why OPEC’s Math Doesn’t Add Up

By Elliott H. Gue on Dec. 5, 2016
OPEC's Nov. 30 meeting yielded an accord to cut oil production by 1.2 million barrels per day, sending the price of West Texas Intermediate 9 percent higher on Wednesday and 3.5 percent higher on Thursday. After this exuberance subsides, the market's focus will shift to whether OPEC members honor their agreement and a potential recovery in US oil production.

Crude Realities

By Elliott H. Gue on Mar. 16, 2016
The Wealth Builders Portfolio’s sole representative from the energy sector has given up only 10 percent of its value despite a 70 percent collapse in oil prices. We revisit our outlook for oil prices and explain why we see more upside to come for our lone energy pick, though investors should stay disciplined a resist the urge to overpay.

Oil Prices and Shoddy Reporting

By Elliott H. Gue on Nov. 27, 2015
The financial infotainment industry doesn't let the facts get in the way of a good story, especially when it comes to the oil market and its complexities. Recent articles hinting that Saudi Arabia and OPEC could reduce oil output to support pricing may attract eyeballs, but they represent shoddy journalism. Elevated inventories and the impending refinery turnaround season suggest that oil prices will suffer another leg down.

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