Eirini Tsekeridou (Julius Baer) | Oil prices have declined massively over the last weeks, as Russia and Saudi Arabia could not reach an agreement regarding output cuts. Saudi Arabia is trying to punish Russia, while Russia is seeking to hurt US oil producers due to US sanctioning of Russian companies. US shale producers, especially the highly leveraged ones, will face default as their breakeven price is about USD 50 per barrel.
Alphavalue | The pressure on the oil industry to paint itself in green appears to be growing by the day and its strategic corner even more acute. It is remarkable and probably unique for such a powerful sector (nearly €700bn in market cap) to find itself under such powerful negative lime-lights in such a short period of time
Link Securities | Repsol has won a total of four concessions in Brazil’s marine oil and gas exploration blocks in the auction held by the National Petroleum Agency (ANP) of the country.
Low oil prices can be good for the drivers, but they are simply catastrophic for the oil companies and the markets. Many top oil firms have seen their earnings sharply reduced and their credit ratings cut. It is expected that prices will rise again, but not before late this year or 2017. The big question is whether the industry will be able to survive until then.