Crude oil has been under the microscope for the latter half of 2014, as prices have all but cratered. Starting in late June, crude prices dropped by more than 25% as bearish momentum took over. With oil prices now sitting around $75/barrel many are looking to OPEC to install a solution to keep prices from dipping even further. All eyes will be on the organization as they meet on Thursday (11/27) to discuss possible solutions [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The oil and gas industry has seen rapid growth in recent years, primarily due to new technologies such as hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, as well as continued expansion in deepwater drilling. Though most investors turn to Big Oil companies like ExxonMobil, there is another corner of this industry that offers unique exposure to the industry: oil field services. In this piece, we highlight the biggest name in this sub industry – Halliburton Company (HAL) [for more commodity news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].
The bulls have managed to keep the rebound on Wall Street afloat as major indexes haven’t looking back since the lows seen on October 15th. The surprise stimulus announcement from the Bank of Japan at the end of last month has served as a tailwind for global equity markets, not to mention all the talks about seasonality and the Santa Claus rally already taking root on the home front [for more commodity futures news and analysis subscribe to our free newsletter].