Matt Smith is a Director of Commodity Research at ClipperData. Matt specializes in extracting key themes from technical and fundamental analysis of the global energy market, and communicating these through daily and weekly deliverables. He also provides oil and natural gas analysis and commentary to national and international media outlets that include CNBC, Fox Business, Russia 24, the Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, AFP, Reuters, and The Oil Daily. Prior to ClipperData, he spent eight years at Schneider Electric as a Commodity Analyst, where he also founded and authored the blog, Energy Burrito. Prior to Schneider, he spent eight years at the Royal Bank of Canada in London as a portfolio manager and financial analyst.

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Market Currents: Chinese oil imports driven higher by ‘teapots’

One hundred and fifty-seven years after Big Ben was started, and the oil market is counting down the clock to an onslaught of economic data from the ringing in of a new month, as well as the OPEC meeting on Thursday. With a feast of fun crammed into a shortened week, here are five things ... ...

Market Currents: Middle East oil loadings continue to rise

Forty-one years to the day after the birth of chef Jamie Oliver, and the recent rally in oil is looking a wee bit overcooked, after having a nibble at the $50 mark. Dollar strength returns to pressure prices lower, while a bout of profit-taking after hitting the psychological level of $50 is spurrin ...

Market Currents: Five things to consider in oil markets today

One-hundred and nine years after the birth of John Wayne, and oil is shootin’ from the hip today, with both Brent and WTI taking a shot at fifty dollardom. As the dollar softens, and as another act of sabotage in Nigeria looks to further stymie production, crude is close to price territory not ...

Market Currents: US oil imports from Nigeria at 3-year high

One hundred and seventy-two years after Stuart Perry patented the gasoline engine, and oil is chugging higher once more. As a decent crude draw is expected from the weekly EIA inventory report, and as equity markets wistfully rally, crude is hot to trot higher. (although gasoline braces itself for a ...

Market Currents: The growing prominence of Iranian oil exports

One hundred and thirty-three years after the Brooklyn Bridge was opened to traffic, and crude is trying to navigate troubled water once again. Choppiness today comes courtesy of a stronger US dollar and ongoing oversupply fears, while the prospect of a crude inventory draw from tomorrow’s EIA ...

Market Currents: Six things to consider in oil markets today

Two hundred and thirty years after Benjamin Franklin wrote in a letter that he had invented bifocals, and the oil market is adjusting its focus once again. As the pendulum of market sentiment swings back towards the bears amid weak economic data and the hopeful return of Canadian production, oil pri ...

Market Currents: Five things to consider in oil markets today

One hundred and forty-three years after Levi Strauss began marketing blue jeans with copper rivets, and the oil market is trying to make strides higher once again. But keeps changing its mind. Here are five things to consider on this final trading day of the week: 1) While Nigeria’s Qua Iboe c ...

Market Currents: Five things to consider in oil markets today

Forty two years to the day after Erno Rubik invented the Rubik’s cube, and the oil market is looking puzzled. As the fear of a potentially hugely huge 0.25% U.S. interest rate hike in June reverberates around the world, a firming US dollar has greased the wheels for an oil sell-off today. Hark ...

Market Currents: Five things to consider in the oil market today

Thirty-eight years after ‘The Buddy Holly Story’ had its world premiere, and everyday, its a getting closer ($50 crude that is). After a deluge of economic data overnight, and ahead of the weekly EIA inventory report, crude is edging higher thus far. Hark, here are five things to conside ...

Market Currents: Six things to consider in oil markets today

One hundred and forty-one years to the day after the first Kentucky Derby was run, and crude oil’s gallop higher has now slowed to a trot. As focus shifts towards the weekly inventory reports (a crude build? we say neigh…), here are six things to consider in the oil market today: 1) Divi ...

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