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  • ConocoPhillips Moves a Step Closer to Its Strategic Goal

    By Satarupa Bose - August 15, 2013 | Tickers: COP, XOM, IMO

    The shale plays of the U.S. are playing a bigger role day by day in the world oil and natural gas market. The advent of new technologies has not only opened up new avenues of growth for the country, but has also compelled oil and natural gas companies to shift their focus on the U.S. shale plays. The recent sale of Clyden oil sands leasehold by ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COPmore »)

  • Is This Car Dealer Offering a Good Deal?

    By Satarupa Bose - July 2, 2013 | Tickers: AN, KMX, PAG

    It seems to be a party time for the American auto industry. Many people who couldn’t afford to buy a car immediately after the severe 2008 recession are finally replacing their cars with new cars. And buyers who couldn’t finance a new car are fulfilling their requirements with less expensive used models.

    As a result of this, sales of both new and used cars have increased remarkably over more »

  • Exxon Foraying Into LNG Export From Canada

    By Satarupa Bose - June 29, 2013 | Tickers: LNG, XOM, RDS-A

    The newest member to join the list of biggies like Shell, Chevron, Apache to seek license to export LNG from British Columbia is one of the oil and natural gas sector’s biggest players in the world, ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM). And why not, when the prospect of the project involves shifting LNG to one of the world’s most energy-hungry countries at a huge price premium?

    Why LNG?

    The advent more »

  • How Far Can Darden Go to Retain Its Customers?

    By Satarupa Bose - June 27, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, DRI, WEN

    The sluggish and uneven recovery of the US economy is posing a big threat to the restaurant industry. Almost all restaurants are experiencing a tough time maintaining their top and bottom lines due to the decrease in the customer traffic.

    It seems people now prefer to cook food at home as it is much cheaper than going out and dining in a restaurant. Thus to attract the budget-constrained customers, most more »

  • Anadarko Gearing Up for the Big Leap

    By Satarupa Bose - June 18, 2013 | Tickers: APC, CVX, STO

    After finding one of the biggest natural-gas discoveries in the Rovuma Basin on the east coast of Africa, Anadarko Petroleum (NYSE: APC) made a wise decision to take advantage of the strategic location of its findings. The company is planning to build the second-largest LNG export terminal in the world to serve the energy-hungry Asian countries.

    The discovery made

    Anadarko has discovered more than 100 trillion cubic feet of natural more »

  • This Energy Company Is Making the Right Moves

    By Satarupa Bose - April 17, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, FST, SLB

    Forest Oil (NYSE: FST) has decided to enter into a strategic partnership with oil field services giant, Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), to drill the Eagle Ford Shale acreage. The deal promises Forest Oil $90 million in terms of future drilling costs, and Schlumberger's expertise through a 50% working interest in the acreage.

    What led to the deal?

    Forest Oil was mainly into natural gas business. But due to the introduction more »

  • Regulation or Technology - What's Barring ConocoPhillips From Drilling the Arctic?

    By Satarupa Bose - April 16, 2013 | Tickers: COP, RDS-A, STO

    Oil spills and faulty exploration techniques have caused extensive and irreversible environmental damages on the face of the earth. In order that no such incidents are repeated, the government should formulate laws, and no such laws pertaining to the Arctic oil drilling have been formulated. This uncertainty regarding federal laws has compelled ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) to suspend operations in the Alaskan Arctic waters.

    The problem faced

    The climate of the more »

  • Forest Oil Partners Schlumberger to Drill in Eagle Ford Shale

    By Satarupa Bose - April 14, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, FST, SLB

    Forest Oil (NYSE: FST) has decided to go into a strategic partnership with the oil field services giant, Schlumberger (NYSE: SLB), to drill the Eagle Ford Shale acreage. The deal promises Forest Oil $90million in terms of future drilling cost and the expertise of oil services giant by promising a 50% working interest in the acreage for Schlumberger.

    What led to the Deal?

    Forest Oil was mainly into natural gas more »

  • Exxon's Crude Spill Puts a Bigger Question Mark on Major Pipeline Projects

    By Satarupa Bose - April 8, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM, TRP

    In the same week when ExxonMobil (NYSE: XOM) paid a fine of $1.7 million for a spill in the Yellowstone River in 2011, the company has again reported a major oil spill in Mayflower, Arkansas. According to initial estimates, the spill is of more than 10,000 barrels. The spill is expected to play a vital role on the decisions to be taken on the new pipeline projects across more »

  • Why Exxon's Gigantic Move Is a Smart One

    By Satarupa Bose - April 6, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, RDS-A

    The world is shifting towards the use of greener and renewable forms of energy so that we can save the world we stay in. Natural gas, though harmful, has emerged as a much greener and less vicious form of energy in comparison to oil. And driven by this fact, the demand for natural gas is witnessing huge growth in our today’s economy.

    Oil and natural gas companies are leaving more »

  • Exxon Planning to Float a LNG Plant Six Times the Size of an Aircraft Carrier

    By Satarupa Bose - April 3, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, XOM, RDS-A

    The world is shifting towards the use of greener and renewable forms of energy so that we can save the world we stay in. Natural gas, though harmful, but has emerged as a much greener and less vicious form of energy in comparison to oil. And riding on this fact, the demand for natural gas is witnessing a huge growth in our today’s economy.

    Oil and natural gas companies more »

  • BP Makes Fresh Investments in the North Sea

    By Satarupa Bose - April 2, 2013 | Tickers: BP, STO, TLM

    The biggest problem that oil and natural gas companies face is depleting reserves. With daily production, the overall proven reserves decrease and this leads to a situation where these companies have to find and develop new reserves to sustain production.

    And this task is quite challenging. Improvement in technology has made it possible to extract oil and natural gas from reserves which were previously out of reach, or economically unfeasible more »

  • Exxon's Crude Spill Puts a Bigger Question Mark on Major Pipeline Projects

    By Satarupa Bose - March 31, 2013 | Tickers: BP, CVX, XOM, TRP

    Just in the same week, when Exxon (NYSE: XOM) paid a fine of $1.7 million for a spill in the Yellowstone River in 2011, the company has again reported a major oil spin in Mayflower, Arkansas. According to initial estimates the spill is of more than 10,000 barrels. More than the effect it will have on Exxon, its effect on the pending decision on the Keystone Pipeline is more »

  • Will African Fields Help This Energy Company Get Better?

    By Satarupa Bose - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: DVN, SLB, EGY

    To survive in a time of fast depleting reserves in the face of the increasing consumption, the only way out for oil and natural gas companies is to explore new reserves, and increase their acreage position. But one is not always successful in finding what they are looking for by drilling a well, and this can eat into profit. That is what exactly happened with VAALCO Energy (NYSE: EGY). How more »

  • Another Oil Company Takes the African Route to Expand

    By Satarupa Bose - March 27, 2013 | Tickers: CVX, TOT, EGY

    Energy has become an important part of our lives and its role is ever expanding. The bigger the role energy plays, the more is it required, and the more we need it, the greater is the necessity to find newer sources.

    This is exactly what the oil and natural gas companies are doing. To be in business, the biggest challenge that oil and natural gas companies face is to replace more »

  • The Sporting Goods Store You May Like To Check Out

    By Satarupa Bose - March 26, 2013 | Tickers: DKS, FL, HIBB

    The increase in payroll taxes have no doubt decreased US citizens' take home pay, but I don’t see its impact in the apparel, footwear and accessories market. Almost all the companies in this industry are performing pretty well, which clearly shows that the slow economic recovery and the hike in payroll tax haven’t yet disrupted consumer spending trends. Recently, the sporting goods chain Hibbett Sports (NASDAQ: HIBB) lit more »

  • The Sporting Goods Store You May Like To Check Out

    By Satarupa Bose - March 16, 2013 | Tickers: DKS, FL, HIBB

    The increase in the payroll taxes have no doubts decreased the take home pay, but I don’t see its impact in the apparel, footwear and accessories market. Almost all the companies in this industry are performing pretty well which clearly shows the slow economic recovery and the hike in the payroll taxes haven’t yet disrupted the consumer spending trend. Recently, the sporting goods chain Hibbett Sports (NASDAQ: HIBBmore »)

  • Ford Wary Of Rust!!!

    By Satarupa Bose - March 14, 2013 | Tickers: F, K, TM

    These days recalling a faulty product from a market have become a common thing for the companies. Every month some or the other company is seen recalling its product because of a defect, be it a major or a minor one. This time Ford (NYSE: F) has managed to be in the headlines as the company has recently recalled some cars to fix rust problems that can cause the third-row more »

  • Hess Going for a New Spin

    By Satarupa Bose - March 11, 2013 | Tickers: CHK, COP, HES

    The decision was due for some time now, and had to be out today or tomorrow. Hess (NYSE: HES) has finally decided to do away with its downstream activities, increased the annual dividend to $1 per share, and authorized a buyback worth $4 billion.

    These decisions were accompanied by another major change, the nomination of five independent board members to be elected in the next Annual General Meeting, along with more »

  • Yum! is Trying Hard to Fix It

    By Satarupa Bose - March 10, 2013 | Tickers: BKW, MCD, YUM

    I always knew Yum! Brands (NYSE: YUM) won’t give up on China so easily! The company suffered a 6% decline in its fourth-quarter same store sales in China due to the recent food safety issues. But the company had to do something to gain back its customers’ confidence in China, from where it got almost 44% of its revenue last year, and Yum! is surely on the right track more »

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