With the Russian invasion of Ukraine who is still buying Russian Crude Oil and who stopped? Australia, Britain, Canada and the United States have imposed total bans on Russian oil purchases, The 27-member EU bloc is divided over whether to impose a ban that can affect about 27% of its imports and with oil prices soaring concern is for how to accommodate refineries that are landlocked and almost completely dependent on Russian crude supplies via pipelines. Russian Oil Fun Facts … Continue reading “Russian Crude Oil, Who Is Still Buying It and Who Stopped”
Credit rating slashed Russia’s credit rating Friday. S&P and Fitch lowering Russia’s rating to ‘junk’ status, Moody’s said it is putting it on review for a downgrade to junk. At the same time S&P and Fitch swiftly cut Ukraine on default worries. The International Monetary Fund is exploring all options to aid Ukraine with further financial support, said its head, Kristalina Georgieva. The Russian declaration of war on Ukraine has ravaged both countries finances and people with severe consequences for … Continue reading “Russia Credit Rating Slashed to Junk by S&P and Fitch, Moody’s Issues Junk Warning”
Tensions between Russia and Ukraine continued to soar after Russia’s parliament appealed to Putin to formally recognize the Russian-backed separatist quasi-states Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics independence, in the Donbas region in Ukraine. Such a move Germany’s Scholz says would be a one-sided breach of Minsk format. This would torpedo the peace process and sent the MOEX Russia Index dumped as much as 14% with Rosneft (-18.3%), VTB (-17.3%) and Sberbank (-16.9%) hit. The Rouble shed over 2% on Monday. … Continue reading “Russian Stocks & Rouble Freefall as Putin Recognizes Donbas Independence”
Natural gas futures surged in Europe after Germany’s energy regulator temporarily suspended certification of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. The move followed the Swiss-based project creating a German subsidiary to own and operate the German section of the pipeline. The Bundesnetzagentur said Nord Stream 2, which was set to begin operations this year, failed to organize an operator recognized under German law, sending gas prices higher. “The subsidiary itself must meet the requirements of the Energy Industry Act for an … Continue reading “UK Gas Prices Jump 10% After Germany Suspends Nord Stream 2 Certification”
India has begun receiving Russian S-400 Triumf missile systems ignoring the threat of what many see as an impotent US. with sanction threats. India sees them as a boost to New Delhi’s air defense capabilities with the threats along the borders with China and Pakistan. Significantly the delivery is happening ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit to India for an annual summit with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi next month. Source: NikkeiAsia From The TradersCommunity News Desk
Natural gas is flowing on the Nord Stream 2 (NS2) pipeline that runs from Russia to Germanya after the final section of the system was tied together last month. Volumes are expected to ramp up as the system is commissioned Gazprom said.
The Russian government-backed arms manufacturer Almaz-Antey has announced that it is working on a new hydrogen fuel cell passenger car,known as E-NEVA. The hybrid car will be for civilian use. Hydrogen provides more mileage and lower CO2 emissions than electric cars
What comes to mind with the current European energy crisis is the unexpected consequences of decision making without thought of possible headwinds. The current crisis has been borne out of what could best be described as ignorant energy and environmental policies. Putting the cart before the horse the issue with populist kneejerk policy.
OPEC+ led by Saudi Arabia on Sunday agreed to a request from the United Arab Emirates to ease cuts by 2 mln bpd until year end. UAE, KSA, Russia, Iraq see output quota adjustment. Oil prices are near 2-1/2 year highs on pandemic economic recovery.
The Moscow Exchange will begin trading 20 stocks from the S&P 500 Index on 24 August, 2020. Foreign stocks will be traded and settled in RUB within MOEX’s infrastructure.Top names include Apple, Boeing, Amazon NVidia, Microsoft and McDonalds.