Many oil companies had trimmed their budgets heading into 2015 to deal with lower oil prices. But the rebound in April and May to $60 per barrel from the mid-$40s suggested that the severe drop was merely temporary.
These are scary times for precious metal investors. Resource equities are in the tank and, adding insult to injury, the gold price took a precipitous fall just days before summer, notoriously one of the slowest seasons for precious metals.
In this interview, Fadel Gheit discusses the effect of Middle Eastern geopolitical issues on oil production, dissects the changing oil and gas production situation in the U.S. and explains how the shift in natural gas prices has turned the refinery business from the industry's perennial ugly duckling into a beautiful swan.