oil production

U.S. May Soon Become World's Top Oil Producer

U.S. oil output is surging so fast that the United States could soon overtake Saudi Arabia as the world's biggest producer. "Five years ago, if I or anyone had predicted today's production growth, people would have thought we were crazy," says one expert.

Bad News Sends Gas Prices Racing Downward

Just as fast as gas prices rose, they're now in retreat. Monday's AAA Fuel Report Gage puts the national average of regular at $3.703, down from $3.970 a month ago. Several factors could push gas below $3.50 over the next several weeks, and almost none of them were part of the economic landscape a quarter ago.

Financial Landscape: Banks Get No Love; OPEC Vs. OPEC

As a new week begins on Wall Street, nobody wants bank stocks, J.P. Morgan Chase hints at changes at the top, OPEC ministers tussle over crude, and airlines are in for some financial turbulence. In fact, the only good news is for France, which apparently won't lose the IMF over the DSK scandal.

The Financial Landscape: OPEC Quotas and 'Too Big to Fail'

The theme for Thursday is big players adjusting to a changing world: Citigroup is shutting down a major hedge fund it used for soon-to-be-banned proprietary trading, Goldman has been subpoenaed over its role in the subprime mortgage crisis, and OPEC is thinking that it might need to pump more oil.

With Big Oil Stocks Riding High, It's Time to Take Profits

Exxon Mobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips are all trading near multi-year highs, and even BP shares have done well recently. Still, while the high oil prices that have been pinching consumers have been great for the industry, there are good reasons not to count on those high stock values lasting.

Will Saudi Arabia's Gambit Drive Oil Prices Even Higher?

Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said his country cut oil production in March because the market was oversupplied. Was this move an honest bid to a bid to expose the speculators and push prices back down, or an attempt to capitalize on the current instability to propel prices higher?

How Your Portfolio Can Profit From Higher Oil Prices

Skyrocketing oil prices don't have to bring only pain. Investors can also find some relief with investments that can benefit from oil's recent -- and likely future -- increases. Here are some ETFs and mutual funds worth considering, based on performance, risk and cost.

Cuba's Deepwater Oil Could Be a Game Changer

The delivery of a Chinese-built, Spanish-backed offshore oil rig to Cuban waters has been delayed until summer. But when drilling does begin 90 miles off the Florida coast, it could mean a host of problems -- and opportunities -- on the energy and the political fronts.

Surprising Facts About the U.S. and Oil

You probably have heard that the U.S. is the world's largest consumer of oil. But did you know that we're also the third-largest producer of oil? And yes, the U.S. imports more than half its oil. But our two biggest suppliers are our nearest neighbors.

Will the Economic Recovery Slide on $90 Oil?

Oil prices, up more than 25% since August, are testing the $90 per barrel level and appear to be headed higher -- into what the International Energy Agency calls 'a dangerous zone' for the global economy.

Chevron Reports Third Quarter Earnings of $1.87 Per Share

Chevron Corp. (CVX) reported earnings of $1.87 for the quarter, down from $1.92 a year earlier. The 2009 results were boosted by upstream asset sales and discrete tax items. Sales and other operating revenues were $48 billion in the third quarter of 2010, compared with $45 billion a year earlier, the company said in a statement. The increase was largely due to higher prices for crude oil, natural gas and refined products.

Mexico Delays Drilling Country's Deepest Oil Well

Mexico%u2019s state-owned oil company will delay drilling its deepest-ever well in the Gulf of Mexico while it tests new equipment. Petroleos Mexicanos, known as Pemex, will try out a new exploratory deepwater rig on a prospect that%u2019s 700 meters (2,300 feet) deep, Bloomberg News reported. Once the company is satisfied, the rig will be used to drill the 2,600 meter deep Maximino well by April. That%u2019s five months later than originally scheduled.

What BP Might Look Like a Year From Now

Will there even be a BP as we now know it? The answers rest on several variables, most notably: continued asset sales, future litigation and efforts to restore the company's now-tattered public image. Its problems are only beginning.

World Oil Demand Expected to Rise 1.6% in 2011

World oil demand will rise 1.6% in 2011, driven by economic growth in developing countries, the International Energy Agency said. In its first detailed assessment of the 2011 period, the Paris-based agency forecast oil demand rising to 87.8 million barrels a day, the Associated Press reported. Demand from emerging economies such as China and India will climb 3.8% from 2010.

Downstream Operations to Boost Chevron's Second Quarter

Chevron Corporation (CVX) said that second-quarter results should be higher than in the first quarter, boosted by improvements in downstream results. Refining margins for U.S. West Coast crude was $16.30 a barrel in the second quarter through June, compared with $13.04 in the first quarter, the company said in a statement. Downstream results also benefited from the strengthening dollar.

All Gulf States Are Now Feeling BP's Oil Spill

Oil from the broken well has befouled beaches and wetlands in Louisiana, Florida and Alabama over the last two months, killing wildlife and dampening the normally vibrant tourism industry. Around five gallons of tar balls were found Saturday on the Bolivar Peninsula to the northeast of Galveston, The Associated Press reported. It%u2019s not clear what pushed them ashore, with authorities speculating that it could be due to Hurricane Alex or even to boats working in the clean-up operation.

Econ Note: OPEC Sees Flat Demand and No Need for More Oil Supplies

In OPEC's June report, released today, the oil cartel doesn't see global demand changing much. It's sticking with its 0.9 million barrels per day increase (1.1%) for the remainder of 2010. It notes that demand rose a "marginal" 0.4 mbd in the first quarter, so it's already trending a bit behind its yearly forecast.

The World Can't Live Without Deepwater Oil

Regardless of the environmental and political fallout from BP's Deepwater Horizon drill-rig disaster, the larger context remains straightforward: The world, and the U.S., increasingly depends on oil and gas produced by deepwater offshore wells