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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Crude Oil -- Supplies Will Fall Short of Demand

This story in the New York Times is getting some talk on the trading floor today. Here's a quote ...
In 1994, the top five oil companies spent 3 percent of their free cash on share buybacks and 15 percent on exploration. By 2007, they were spending 34 percent of their free cash on buybacks — in effect, propping up their share prices — and a mere 6 percent on exploration, according to figures compiled by a team led by Ms. Jaffe and Ronald Soligo of Rice University. As a result, some experts warn that supplies will fall short of the demand over the next decade, perhaps sending prices well above today’s levels.

Also of interest ...
Export Boom Helps Farms, but Not American Factories
All exports of goods and services in the first half of the year rose at a $52 billion annual rate, adjusted for inflation, up 7.1 percent. Commodities accounted for 41 percent of the increase and manufactured products contributed just 12 percent, the bureau reported.

And then there's the inflation number that everyone is talking about ...

Wholesale Prices Surge at Fastest Pace Since 1981
The Labor Department reported that wholesale prices shot up 1.2 percent in July, pushed higher by rising costs for energy, motor vehicles and other products. The increase was more than twice the 0.5 percent gain that economists expected.

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