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Shale giants dump oil hedges as losses spiral toward $42 billion

U.S. shale giants stung by billions of dollars in hedging losses are spending big bucks to ditch their positions in a risky bet that prices stay high. Companies including Pioneer Natural Resources Co. and EOG Resources Inc. are poised to post historic profits when they report earnings this week. But those windfall earnings would be even higher if it weren’t for massive accounting losses from hedges that protect against falling prices while limiting upside potential. Producers in the aggregate are looking at about $42 billion in oil and gas hedging losses through 2023, according to BloombergNEF calculations of data from last year. While such

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Steel market losing momentum as U.S. faces severe OCTG supply shortage

Following the dramatic recovery in U.S. steel production last year – a more than 18% year-on-year increase – the market is increasingly losing momentum.  Output has fallen in April after flatlining in the first quarter, bringing the year-to-date change to -1.6% year on year.  While capacity utilization is not exceptionally high – about 80% this year – raw materials’ restrictions since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are constraining the U.S. steel output potential, not to mention inflating domestic prices of scrap, which surged over $750 per gross ton last month. Russia is the U.S.’s fifth most important supplier of steel, including semis,

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Oil: ‘Something far more serious is going on,’ says analyst

Oil: ‘Something far more serious is going on,’ says analyst The oil market is undergoing a serious production problem, warns one analyst, even as prices retreat temporarily amid Covid lockdowns in China. “From the long term, something far more serious is going on — and that is what’s going on

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We need more pipelines

Access to affordable and reliable energy is an essential part of modern life. This truth has come into stark view recently as the crisis in Ukraine has unfolded. One of the roadblocks in the world’s attempts to punish Russia for their invasion of Ukraine has been the reliance of western

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Drilling rig prices are spiking in the U.S. shale patch

After driving up prices for everything from steel pipes to frac sand to labor, inflation has finally ensnared the centerpiece of oilfield equipment: the drilling rig. Rig prices are spiking in the U.S. compared to the rest of the world, promising profits at multiyear high for oilfield contractors. Three of

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Preston Pipe Report – April 2022

(by Paul Vivian and Rick Preckel, www.prestonpipe.com) Market Monitor – President Joe Biden announced an agreement in late March committing the US LNG industry to

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