Angus Watt Advisory Group

10 Second Headline of the Week - Feb. 10, 2017

OIL AND GAS

  • Oil inventories increased by 13.8 million barrels this week to 508.6 million barrels.
  • OPEC achieved record initial compliance of 90% with their cuts agreement.
  • Saudi Arabia, Angola and Qatar have also exceeded originally committed production cuts, with Saudi Arabia exceeding by 70 thousand barrels/day.
  • International Energy Agency anticipates oil demand increasing 1.4 million barrels a day in 2017.

PRESIDENT TRUMP U.S.

  • In contrast to President Trump, majority of investors in the U.S. see decent GDP growth, moderate inflation, and tolerable interest rates. (Source: Barron’s)
  • President Trump is committed to fighting for the immigration ban.
  • American Airlines Group Inc., United and Delta are pressuring the White House to denounce the U.S. Open Skies agreements because of unfair practices by Qatar, Etihad and Emirates airlines.
  • Smaller U.S. carriers JetBlue, Atlas Air Wand Hawaiian Holdings Inc., and FedEx air cargo have banded together against the larger competitors.

PRESIDENT TRUMP GLOBAL

  • Eight countries, including Canada, Finland, and Belgium, have joined together to counter President Trump’s global anti-abortion move.
  • The President has agreed to respect the ‘One-China’ policy.
  • Japan’s PM, Shinzo Abe, intends to propose economic plans to President Trump that could generate 700,000 U.S. jobs, investing in high-speed rail and power generation.
  • Europe is concerned that President Trump will remove the U.S. troops from Eastern Europe as part of a bargain with Russia.

TIDBITS

  • Tesla Inc. will shut down production at its California assembly plant for a week to prepare for the production of its new Model 3 Sedan.
  • China led new global wind-power installations last year with 23.3GW, compared to the U.S. in second place with 8.2GW.
  • Report from University of Calgary calls for Alberta to have a time limit on more than 150,000 idle oil and gas wells.
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