Tag Archives: crude oil

What’s the Deal with Low Oil Prices?

The International Energy Agency (IEA)’s latest monthly market report, published on November 13, 2015, revealed that the already “massive cushion” of oil stockpiles has inflated further to reach a record level of almost 3 billion barrels.  Following the announcement, oil prices reportedly dropped to a two-month low. The IEA described this stockpile as “an unprecedented … Continue Reading

‘Trigger Happy’: Considering the Requirements of Your Price Review Clause

Given the fall in oil prices, many participants in the oil sector have been forced to re-evaluate their investments.[1]  A drop in oil prices not only impacts the oil industry; it can also have a significant effect on gas and LNG prices around the world.  Many long-term gas and LNG sales agreements continue to peg … Continue Reading

CFTC Reopens Comment Period for Position Limits

In a notice published in the Federal Register earlier this week, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (“CFTC”) again reopened the period to comment on its proposed position limits and aggregation rules, in light of questions posed at an Agricultural Advisory Committee meeting in December.  The CFTC’s proposed rules, which we summarized here when they were … Continue Reading

EU Sanctions Against Russia and Their Impact on the Energy Sector

Last week, the EU decided to maintain in force its sanctions against Russia, including the sanctions targeting Russia’s energy sector. The sanctions were adopted on July 31, 2014—by Council Regulation 833/2014 (the Regulation)—and extended on September 12, 2014.  As described in more detail in our recent client alert, the Regulation imposes a licensing requirement for … Continue Reading

A Consequence of Falling Oil Prices

Oil prices have plunged in the last few months.  For example, Brent futures traded at over $110 per barrel in June, and fell below $85 last week.  This is a fall of over 20%, and the market price for crude oil is now at its lowest level since 2010. Oil prices impact activities in the … Continue Reading
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