As we begin a new year we wanted to take a look at the current energy landscape and see what the future holds for the global economy, America's oil and gas boom, zand whether renewables will continue to be a favorite among investors.
As we move into the winter season, two things are becoming clear. First, this one will be colder than last year, nationwide. Second, natural gas prices are moving up. The gas market is about to get a whole lot stronger.
If a failure occurs out in the real world, it has a very high chance of spreading across and through the other elements of the system. Contagion is the fear, as if in finally toppling, one plate will crash into its neighbor and set off a chain reaction of falling plates.
The Byron Capital Markets analyst explains how graphite and vanadium play critical roles in rapidly growing battery markets, as well as in the steel industry. Companies he discusses look poised for major supplier status.
Concerns about climate change, carbon footprints, energy security and the rising cost of fossil fuels spurred a revival of interest in nuclear power generation in early 2010 and a global civil nuclear renaissance but it derailed with Fukushima-Daiichi.
While the move was big, such volatility is now par for the course in commodity markets and thus it is too early to tell whether any significant top has been put in. Notably, last Friday's drop took place despite a small decline in the dollar index.