As crude oil prices tried to bounce back from a five-year low, oil companies and OPEC try to adjust to low oil prices. BP earnings kicked off the big oil earnings season and they could have been worse.
The shale gas revolution in the United States has led to a collapse in prices but is too big to keep to ourselves. That is turning natural gas from a domestic market to a global one, and the global demand may cure the current low prices.
When U.S. financial markets finished their temper tantrum over the Federal Reserve acknowledging that QE3 would have to end, the prospects of more rational market fundamentals emerged. But as we enter 2014, markets appear stuck on taper.