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Total Airplane Laptop Ban Coming Or Not? What Are The Issues?

Following intelligence reports that ISIS may be planning to attack airlines with laptop computers rigged as bombs, Trump initiated a ban on laptops on some flights from some airports. Rumors had it that the ban was going to be extended to make things “uniformly fair”. Fortunately, common sense prevailed, for now.

OPEC Deal Backfires: Saudis Lose Market Share To Iran, Iraq

Since the start of OPEC’s production cuts, oil market analysts and experts have been focusing on how U.S. shale would respond to the relatively higher and stable oil prices, possibly eating up some of the cartel’s global market share while the cuts last. But the market share war is also going on a micro level within OPEC itself...

Iranian TV CEO Assassinated In Istanbul

The founder and CEO of Iran's satellite TV network Gem TV, Saeed Karimian, 45, who in 2016 was tried in absentia and sentenced to six years in prison by a Tehran court for "spreading propaganda against Iran", was shot dead in Istanbul.

Why The Crude Rally Has Fizzled - Part 3 (Of 3)

It is no understatement that it will take a lot of US demand to balance the market. And not just refinery demand, but also product demand too. And not just in the US. In the face of a world saturated with crude oil, the only thing that can truly balance this market is fresh demand from new technology, or a massive reduction in global refinery capacity.

 

Frontrunning: April 26

  • Futures flat as Trump tax plan awaited (Reuters)
  • Trump’s 15% Tax Plan May Just Be His Opening Gambit (BBG)
  • Budget Director, After Health-Law Missteps, Preps for Spending Battle (WSJ)
  • 100 Days: Trump's victories dimmed by misfires (Reuters)
  • White House Intervened to Toughen Letter on Iran Nuclear Deal (WSJ)
  • Trump Changing Tactics on Tax After Health-Care Failure (BBG)

Why The Crude Rally Has Fizzled - Part 1

Prices had been trading comfortably above $50/b since late March, with bulls re-trenching on the idea that Saudi-led OPEC supply cut will soon tighten balances. And while today’s price declines could prove temporary, a measure of caution is advised to all bulls, for two key reasons — reasons that we’ve been watching closely since November.