Although prices have stopped sliding precipitously since January, we are just now beginning to see many of the effects in the new world of lower priced oil. Traders, investors, and oil companies alike have taken advantage of contango in the futures market or have acted on a belief that prices will rise in the near term and have thus chosen to store crude, resulting in an unprecedented growth in the stock of stored oil within just a few months. Some estimates now have stocks as high as 92% of overall current storage capacity.
So, where will it all go? In this issue of Sector IQ: Energy, we explore this question broadly. We analyze scenarios for how much more capacity tanks have. We evaluate the effects on companies that may already feel the financial pain of these fallen prices and look at those who might stumble next. Additionally, we explore how equity analysts’ opinions and recommendations have evolved and what investment strategies have been effective since oil started sliding.
- As Energy Prices Go Down, Energy Production Goes Up
- U.S. Storage Keeps on Growing
- Does the Present Resemble the Past?
- Upstream Capital Spending Begins Decline
- Do Wall Street Analysts Have the Right Call?
- Energy Credit Spreads Evolve
- Credit Risk League Tables
- Outlook for U.S. Refining Sector Remains Stable
- Energy Prices Drag on Merger and Acquisition Activity
- External Perspective: The Tyranny of Density