I am glad that there are plenty of intelligent readers out there and their comments on many issues are quite enlightening. Here are a few on "oil strategy" which is worth reproducing here:
Jackie Lee said... Special bulletin - Last week various analysts said there was talk that Mexico, the world's fifth largest oil producer, was hedging its bets - the country was said to be signing contracts to deliver oil several years into the future at today's prices. Essentially, it was betting oil prices have peaked. One analyst, speaking on background only, said he had confirmed Mexico was locking in futures contracts. He said it was being done at the behest of the Mexican government, eager to balance a long-term budget, rather than a bet by state oil company PEMEX, that prices will fall. But could Mexico's move inspire similar steps from other oil producers, and cause oil prices to fall further? "Absolutely," said Neal Dingmann, senior energy analyst at Dahlman Rose & Co., a New York-based energy investment boutique. "It could create a top in [oil prices] in the near term." Dingmann said about 50% of the production from the firms he covers - mostly small firms - has been sold for future delivery at today's prices.
solomon said... p/s photos: Cholada Mekratree