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Brent crude oil prices will average $65.15 per barrel in 2019 and $62 per barrel in 2020 according to the most recent forecast from the US Energy Information Administration's monthly Short-Term Energy Outlook (EIA). This reflects an upward revision of $2.37 per barrel for 2019 compared to the previous estimate.
Oil price forecasts depend on the interaction between supply and demand for oil on international markets. Among the most important supply-side factors weighing on pricing expectations are US shale oil production, US crude oil stocks, and OPEC oil supply.
The Energy Data Brief offers key statistics designed to help energy market watchers anticipate and respond to developments in the energy sector as well as changes in related industries and investments.
From antiquity to 2015, about 5.4 billion carats of diamonds have been mined from the Earth's surface. While marketing suggests diamonds are rare, production and related sales trends globally suggest otherwise. During the last two decades, global diamond production averaged 134.6 million carats per year, a total production that exceeded what had previously been produced from the first diamond production records through 1993. In addition, despite relatively weak production of 125 million carats in 2014, industry analysts anticipate diamond production will increase to approximately...
Autumn and winter are traditionally characterized by rising energy consumption and, thus, rising prices for energy products. Yet in November we saw remarkable deviations in natural gas prices in key markets, including the US, Europe, and Japan. United States. The spot price of Henry Hub fell by 15.2 percent in November compared to the previous month. This decline - which was the sharpest monthly drop since December 2014 - interrupted a period of steady growth that started in April. Europe. In sharp contrast, in Europe the average import border price of natural gas surged by 14.4...
The price of gold increased by 0.3% since the start of the 2018 year closing April at the level of $1,334.76 per troy ounce. This strong recovery of gold prices happened due to the surge in demand for gold, that was up 21% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 reaching 1,290 tons. The main driver of this increase was huge inflow in exchange-traded funds (ETFs) - marketable securities traded on a stock exchange which tracks commodity prices, including gold. The main factor that fueled the demand for the yellow metal is a high level of uncertainty observed in the global economy...
Since January 2016, when the price of coal reached a 10-year low, coal prices have rebounded by about 100 percent. Several factors have contributed to this price rebound. First, as part of China's effort to reduce harmful emissions the world's largest coal consumer and producer, reduced its domestic production and increased its imports. Second, the Indian coal industry faced hard times as miner strikes led to a crisis within the domestic industry, sending coal prices soaring. Leading international agencies have contributed contrasting perspectives on the future of coal...