The writing is on the wall. In the United States coal is on its way out and natural gas is on the way in. While the market only saw a slight pop on yesterday's big announcements on coal and natural gas, it signals the beginning of a new era.
The Brent vs. West Texas Intermediate oil spread came in to the lowest level in three years. The reason is clear. Based on global economic data most of the demand for oil is going to be in the United States as compared to a weak Asia and Europe.
Natural gas has had a drastic decline recently with prices falling by 7.27% this past month to current levels of $3.62. The options market is projecting further declines. Here's how to set up a trade with great risk vs. reward.
A wildly bullish American Petroleum Institute report and reports of refinery issues as well as a blowout had crude go crazy late in the day. The bulls have gripped control as the market has gone out of control.
In an environment of unprecedented accommodation, even a hint that the money printing will be curtailed can act like a tsunami on financial markets. Despite the headwinds, there are markets where traders can find refuge, an oasis where commodity-specific fundamentals prevail.