Financial Sense

The U.S. and Russia Are Gas Giants
Robert Rapier's picture

In 2013 global natural gas production advanced 1.1% to a new all-time high of 328 billion cubic feet per day (Bcfd). Except for a one-year decline in 2008-2009, global gas production has risen fairly steadily for about three decades, and production has more than doubled during that time span...

Weekly Initial Jobless Claims and the S&P 500
Marc Chandler's picture

Weekly initial jobless claims fell 19k in the week ending July 18 to 284k. This represents a new cyclical low. The four-week moving average, used to smooth out this volatile series, also has fallen to new lows.

How and Why the Chinese Are Buying Property Outside of China
Monty Guild's picture

For some time, the Chinese government has been promoting the Yuan as a medium of international trade, and reducing the influence of the U.S. dollar. A pilot program was launched in 2009, and there have been...

Will Argentina’s Debt Crisis Rock the Global Markets?
Clif Droke's picture

One of the recurring headlines adding to the “wall of worry” is the battle between U.S. hedge funds and the Argentina government over payment of the country’s bond debt stemming from the country’s 1998-2002 economic crisis.

Bulls Take Notice - Caution Suggested as Credit Markets and Equity Markets Diverge
Chris Puplava's picture

Given how well the credit markets warned of the last two major turning points in the market I respect the message of the credit markets over the stock market when the two do not confirm each other, as they are currently.

Avi Gilburt: Gold Could Break Below $1000; Sees Sharp Decline in Stocks Before Final Top
FS Staff's picture

We recently interviewed Avi Gilburt of, a widely followed metals and market analyst who is currently ranked as the highest "Opinion Leader" on gold and precious metals at Seeking Alpha. Here is a summary of his interview with Q&A below.

World Oil Production – Where Are We Headed?
Gail Tverberg's picture

The standard way to make forecasts of almost anything is to look at recent trends and assume that this trend will continue, at least for the next several years. With world oil production, the trend in oil production looks fairly benign, with the trend slightly upward (Figure 1).

A Long-Term Look at Inflation
Doug Short's picture

The July Consumer Price Index for Urban Consumers (CPI-U) released this morning puts the June year-over-year inflation rate at 2.07%, fractionally off last month's 2.13% 19-month high...

The Catalysts for a Correction
Thomas J Smith CFA's picture

A spike in energy prices and sharply higher interest rates have been two of the leading causes for pullbacks in the past. Also, we need to pay close attention to quarterly earnings, which are currently coming in on the strong side.

DOE, Intel Work to Keep ‘Moore’s Law’ From Expiring
Oil Price's picture

There are two ways to double the number of transistors on a computer chip: Either make the chip twice as big — not an option for small electronic devices – or halve the size of the transistors.