Politically, 2013 was the year of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. First the GOP followed the direction of Junior Senator Ted Cruz (R Tex.) down a dark alley in a fight they were guaranteed to lose, and, then with the GOP on the ropes, the President and his team botched the roll-out of the Affordable Care Act website. In the markets all eyes were on Federal Reserve mainly because Congress abdicated all responsibility for moving the economy forward to Ben Bernanke, who finally signaled the beginning of the end of QE3.
The Fed’s new focus on inflation or the lack thereof has changed market dynamics. Is good new now good news again? In other words is good economic news bullish or bearish? Well it may depend on the market you are looking at.
RBOB futures soared and rocked to the highest level since last September as concern about tight supply in a New York harbor is causing a bit of panic. It seemed to get an extra shot of enthusiasm when Hess announced it is exiting the refining business
Chesapeake Energy Corp. made $5.5 billion in pretax profits since its founding more than two decades ago. So far, the second-largest U.S. natural-gas producer has paid income taxes on almost none of it.