Chart Of The Week : WTI

Seadrill - What Really Drove The Selloff And What May Happen?

Updated 2017-04-08

Commodity News Center

Updated on 2016-05-03

Are there opportunities for Nigeria to become the agricultural giant of Africa?

Updated on 2016-05-03

What are the avenues for raising finance for agribusiness in Nigeria and overseas?

Updated on 2016-05-03

How can Nigeria benefit from agricultural industrialisation?

Updated on 2016-05-07

Oil futures settle higher, but snap streak of 4 weekly gains in a row

Updated on 2016-05-07

Gold futures soar, book weekly gain after poor jobs report

Updated on 2016-05-07

Oil up on Canada wildfire, dollar; big weekly loss for Brent

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria's pioneer commodities exchange to commence operation

Updated on 2016-06-09

Ongoing supply disruptions in Nigeria causes jump in Crude oil futures

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria to stop importation of six commodities by 2018

Updated on 2016-06-14

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

Updated on 2016-09-22

Kaduna government, firm to establish $120m rice processing plant

Updated on 2016-09-22

Bank of China Ltd.’s New York branch will be the first yuan clearing bank in the U.S.

Updated on 2016-10-03

Teekay LNG Partners Offers Investors An Opportunity

Updated on 2016-10-03

Large Oil Company Dividends Might Not Be Sustainable Long Term

Updated on 2016-10-03

Weatherford's SEC Fraud Case

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Potential Increase of Ukrainian Agricultural Exports to EU

Updated on 2016-11-02

Prices seen rising for oil and other commodities in 2017

Updated on 2016-11-14

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Fellowships

Updated on 2016-12-13

Developments in Israel’s food and agriculture sector.

Updated on 2016-12-13

U.S Beef Arrives to the Israeli Market

Updated on 2016-12-13

Japan - Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-12-13

Senegal - Cotton and Products Update

Updated on 2016-12-13

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

Updated on 2017-02-23

Indication of Interest – Seeking crude oil suppliers

Updated on 2017-03-05

Nigeria BPE selects advisers for commodity exchange transactions

Updated on 2017-03-29

From Aspiration to Reality : Unpacking the Africa Mining Vision

Updated on 2017-04-04

Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-04-04

OPEC's Barkindo Sees Progress in Oil Cuts as Stockpiles Shrink

Updated on 2017-04-07

Analysing the Petroleum Industry Bill

Updated on 2017-04-07

When Will Russia Run Out Of Oil?

Updated on 2017-04-07

Nigeria’s crude oil production decreases to 1.6mpd

Updated on 2017-04-07

Theft: Shell Shut Bonny Light Oil Export Line

Updated on 2017-04-07

Agip to begin work on $13.5b Zabazaba deepwater project

Updated on 2017-04-07

No Plan To Increase Petrol Price – NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-08

Seadrill - What Really Drove The Selloff And What May Happen?

Updated on 2017-04-08

Chesapeake Energy: What You Must Remember

Updated on 2017-04-08

Permian Economics: Cimarex On The Edge Of Being Part Of Shale Elites

Updated on 2017-04-08

Burma - New Pest Risk Analysis Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-08

China: Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China

Updated on 2017-04-08

Japan: Increasing Interest in U.S. Feeder Cattle

Updated on 2017-04-08

Philippines: Oilseeds and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Thailand: Cotton and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

United Kingdom: UK Triggers Two-year Process to Exit EU

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Oil

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #LNG

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Agriculture

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #DryBulk

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Metals

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Wine Product Brief

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bulgaria: Oilseeds and Products Annual Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: Canada Top Market for U.S. High-Value Agricultural Exports

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: The Wine Market in the Province of Quebec

Updated on 2017-04-15

Estonia: 2017 Annual Oilseeds and Products Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Russia: WTO Notifications on EAEU Phytosanitary Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-15

Serbia: Grain and Feed Annual

Updated on 2017-04-22

Crude Falls as Rising Rig Count Seen Boosting U.S. Production

Updated on 2017-04-22

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Updated on 2017-04-26

NNPC reduces trade deficit by 16%

Updated on 2017-04-26

Pipeline vandalism up by 233%, says NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-26

Oil Retreats as U.S. Production Gain Offsets Stockpile Decline

Updated on 2017-04-26

Malabu Oil Asks Court to Stop FG from Signing FID on $13.5bn Oil Project

Updated on 2017-04-26

Nigeria sold $6.7bn less crude in 2016 - Report

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG to sue IOCs over $17bn undeclared crude

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG, two firms sign pact on 120mw solar power

Updated on 2017-04-26

Technology that Will Change Agriculture in 2017

Updated on 2017-05-10

Total Nigeria Q1 2017 Result Review

Updated on 2017-05-10

Marginal fields bid round to commence this month

Updated on 2017-05-10

NNPC awards Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline to Chinese firm

Updated on 2017-05-10

Nigerian oil sales slow as uncertainty surrounds DSDP

Updated on 2017-05-10

Oil Prices Rise after Hint of Longer Extension to OPEC Cut

Updated on 2017-05-10

Global conventional oil discoveries drop to record low in 2016

Updated on 2017-05-10

Over 40% of electricity diverted, stolen

Updated on 2017-05-10

Fashola: DisCos’ poor remittance nearly collapsed power sector

Updated on 2017-05-10

Saudi Arabia and Russia Signal Oil-Cuts Extension Into 2018

Updated on 2017-05-10

Libya Adds to OPEC's Burden as Output at Highest Since 2014

Updated on 2017-05-10

Recent Spike in Commodity Prices Confounded Analysts

Updated on 2017-05-10

Boost in domestic fish production

Updated on 2017-05-10

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Updated on 2017-05-11

Mobil Oil Nigeria Q1 2017 Results Review

Updated on 2017-05-11

Agip to build refinery in Nigeria

Updated on 2017-05-11

International Consumer Pays NBET $159m For Power

Updated on 2017-05-11

FG seeks $5.2bn from World Bank for electricity

Updated on 2017-05-11

Nigeria’s coal deposits can sustain additional 4,300MW for 20 years

Updated on 2017-05-11

Eni to build crude oil refinery in Nigeria -oil minister

Updated on 2017-05-11

Shale Drillers Are Outspending the World With $84 Billion Spree

Updated on 2017-05-11

Small-Scale Miners' Huge Boost to Foreign Earnings in Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-05-11

OPEC APR OUTPUT 31.85 MILLION B/D, UNCHANGED FROM MAR: PLATTS SURVEY

Updated on 2017-06-09

Constraint in Nigeria’s $10bn fruit industry

Updated on 2017-06-09

Dangote signs pact on $700m (USD) sugar project

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG: $1.2bn required to fix refineries

Updated on 2017-06-09

NNPC operating secret fuel subsidy — Senate

Updated on 2017-06-09

44 ships arrive Lagos ports, 8 with 233,000 tonnes of petrol

Updated on 2017-06-09

N4.74tn spent on fuel imports in 2016 – Kachikwu

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG, AfDB open talks on coal-to-power financing

Updated on 2017-06-09

Afam power station’ll generate 340MW by December – FG

Updated on 2017-06-09

Iraq Seeks to Triple Refining Capacity With Slew of Projects

Updated on 2017-06-09

Glut Keeps Oil Prices in Check as Turmoil Shakes the Middle East

Updated on 2017-06-09

Gold Rally Limited to U.K.

Updated on 2017-06-09

India: Grain and Feed Voluntary

Updated on 2017-07-04

France to invest in Nigeria’s oil, gas sector

Updated on 2017-07-04

Nigeria’s major non-oil exports fall

Updated on 2017-07-04

Maize prices rise 83% on the back of armyworm invasion

Updated on 2017-07-21

FG licenses 10 more modular refineries

Updated on 2017-07-21

NNPC daily gas supply to power plants increases by 64%

Updated on 2017-07-21

Downstream oil sector has $10bn investments deficit

Updated on 2017-07-21

Refineries realise N62 billion from refined products

Updated on 2017-07-21

Nigeria to explore African market for crude oil sale

Updated on 2017-07-21

Electricity: Grid loses 689mw after hitting 4,345mw

Updated on 2017-08-08

Lagos acquires 32 tonnes per hour rice mill from Switzerland

Updated on 2017-08-08

GuarantCo provides Debt Service Reserve Account guarantee (DSRA) guarantee in Mali

Updated on 2018-09-04

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers expect abundant crop despite meager rainfall

Updated on 2018-09-05

Nigeria spends $2bn annually on honey importation

Updated on 2018-09-06

Zimbabwe: Bread Shortage Looms As Flour Millers Halt Operations - Cite Lack of Forex From RBZ

Updated on 2018-09-07

Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais

Updated on 2018-09-07

South Africa: Sugar Tariffs to Provide Relief Against the Surge of Imports

Updated on 2018-09-10

Ghana’s cocoa industry is under threat could this be the solution?

Updated on 2018-09-11

Foreign reserves and oil prices fall in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-09-11

Zimbabwe: Gold Trades Lower

Updated on 2018-09-11

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) becomes the first institution to win the Africa Food Prize

Updated on 2018-09-12

South Africa’s manufacturing output for July rises by 2.9 percent!

Updated on 2018-09-12

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

Updated on 2018-09-14

$8.9b lost annually to post-harvest wastage, says NIRSAL

Updated on 2018-09-14

Minister: Foreign investors want banks to invest in mining

Updated on 2018-09-14

Forex earnings from cashew threatened

Updated on 2018-09-14

Nigeria, China sign $2bn MoU on cotton industry

Updated on 2018-09-18

Tanzania: Cassava Promotion Yields Positive Results in China

Updated on 2018-09-19

Why Kenya’s president is planning to cut fuel tax by half

Updated on 2018-09-20

Oil majors expect first ruling in Nigeria’s $1.3b oilfield scandal

Updated on 2018-09-20

$7b Train 7: NLNG secures guarantees for gas feedstock supply, off takers

Updated on 2018-09-21

Ethiopia: Coffee, Tea Exports Generate $82m

Updated on 2018-09-21

Nigeria, China commence implementation of low-density Geochemical mapping

Updated on 2018-09-21

Kenya: Why Nairobians Have Gone Crazy About Pineapple Peels

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: More Gold Resources At Blanket Mine

Updated on 2018-09-25

Nigeria: Experts List Challenges Facing Solid Minerals Sector

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: 'Diversify to Increase Mineral Commodities'

Updated on 2018-09-25

Libya Says Its Oil Output at Most Since 2013 Can Go Even Higher

Updated on 2018-09-27

‘SSAOGES 2018 will shape Africa’s energy culture

Updated on 2018-09-27

Despite huge gas reserves, supply troubles hit Nigeria’s LPG industry

Updated on 2018-09-27

NCDMB boss wants increased lawyers participation in oil, gas reforms

Updated on 2018-09-27

Nigeria Spends $44.5m Yearly On Industrial Minerals Importation – FG

Updated on 2018-09-28

Dangote Refinery jetty receives first ship

Updated on 2018-09-28

OAI seeks government commitment to oil sector reforms

Updated on 2018-10-02

OCP, Chinese firm collaborate on new generation of fertilizers, smart agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-03

FAO charges African governments to invest more in agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-03

FG begins move to broaden apiculture sector

Updated on 2018-10-03

18 fertiliser blending plants revived under PFI-FEPSAN

Updated on 2018-10-03

Nigeria records 20 unsold crude cargoes as trade slows

Updated on 2018-10-05

EU denies proposed ban on palm oil importation

Updated on 2018-10-05

SA looks to kickstart its biofuels industry

Updated on 2018-10-09

Nigeria: No Shipping Link - Nigeria Loses 1.4M Tons Coal Export to Ghana

Updated on 2018-10-09

Africa: 3 'Big' Economies Slow Down Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Updated on 2018-10-09

2018 Agric Show: Farmers Call For Adequate Security At Show

Updated on 2018-10-09

Dangote canvasses free trade to deepen Africa’s economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

Cement manufacturers target hinterlands to boost market share

Updated on 2018-10-11

Differentials For Nigerian Crude Remain Unchanged

Updated on 2018-10-11

AIICO Insurance unveils new initiative to boost Agriculture, economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

In Nigeria, Plans for the World’s Largest Refinery

Updated on 2018-10-16

Chinese Company to Invest in Agriculture, Power Projects in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-10-16

Kachikwu: Nigeria Currently In Full-Blown Energy Crisis

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: Obaseki harps on improved support to farmers, assures on food sufficiency measures

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: FG restates commitment to zero hunger

Updated on 2018-10-17

Barchart Launches cmdtyView to Revolutionize Physical Grain Trading

Updated on 2018-10-17

CBN Disburses N615bn to Farmers

Updated on 2018-10-18

Agric centre exihibits new technologies

Updated on 2018-10-18

Standard Chartered Foresees Increased China-Africa Trade

Updated on 2018-10-18

Zimbabwe: Wheat Supply Remains Critical

Updated on 2018-10-18

Why coffee farmers left production – Institute

Updated on 2018-10-18

Typha grass threatens farming in Jigawa

Updated on 2018-10-18

Kebbi wants EU to reduce subsidy on agric production

Updated on 2018-10-18

Institute says rice, sorghum, cassava will witness poor harvest

Updated on 2018-10-18

Institute says rice, sorghum, cassava will witness poor harvest

Updated on 2018-10-18

Kebbi wants EU to reduce subsidy on agric production

Updated on 2018-10-18

Typha grass threatens farming in Jigawa

Updated on 2018-10-18

Why coffee farmers left production – Institute

Updated on 2018-10-18

Zimbabwe: Wheat Supply Remains Critical

Updated on 2018-10-18

Standard Chartered Foresees Increased China-Africa Trade

Updated on 2018-10-18

Agric centre exihibits new technologies

Updated on 2018-10-17

CBN Disburses N615bn to Farmers

Updated on 2018-10-17

Barchart Launches cmdtyView to Revolutionize Physical Grain Trading

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: FG restates commitment to zero hunger

Updated on 2018-10-16

World Food Day: Obaseki harps on improved support to farmers, assures on food sufficiency measures

Updated on 2018-10-16

Kachikwu: Nigeria Currently In Full-Blown Energy Crisis

Updated on 2018-10-16

Chinese Company to Invest in Agriculture, Power Projects in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-10-11

In Nigeria, Plans for the World’s Largest Refinery

Updated on 2018-10-11

AIICO Insurance unveils new initiative to boost Agriculture, economy

Updated on 2018-10-11

Differentials For Nigerian Crude Remain Unchanged

Updated on 2018-10-11

Cement manufacturers target hinterlands to boost market share

Updated on 2018-10-09

Dangote canvasses free trade to deepen Africa’s economy

Updated on 2018-10-09

2018 Agric Show: Farmers Call For Adequate Security At Show

Updated on 2018-10-09

Africa: 3 'Big' Economies Slow Down Growth in Sub-Saharan Africa

Updated on 2018-10-09

Nigeria: No Shipping Link - Nigeria Loses 1.4M Tons Coal Export to Ghana

Updated on 2018-10-05

SA looks to kickstart its biofuels industry

Updated on 2018-10-05

EU denies proposed ban on palm oil importation

Updated on 2018-10-03

Nigeria records 20 unsold crude cargoes as trade slows

Updated on 2018-10-03

18 fertiliser blending plants revived under PFI-FEPSAN

Updated on 2018-10-03

FG begins move to broaden apiculture sector

Updated on 2018-10-03

FAO charges African governments to invest more in agriculture

Updated on 2018-10-02

OCP, Chinese firm collaborate on new generation of fertilizers, smart agriculture

Updated on 2018-09-28

OAI seeks government commitment to oil sector reforms

Updated on 2018-09-28

Dangote Refinery jetty receives first ship

Updated on 2018-09-27

Nigeria Spends $44.5m Yearly On Industrial Minerals Importation – FG

Updated on 2018-09-27

NCDMB boss wants increased lawyers participation in oil, gas reforms

Updated on 2018-09-27

Despite huge gas reserves, supply troubles hit Nigeria’s LPG industry

Updated on 2018-09-27

‘SSAOGES 2018 will shape Africa’s energy culture

Updated on 2018-09-25

Libya Says Its Oil Output at Most Since 2013 Can Go Even Higher

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: 'Diversify to Increase Mineral Commodities'

Updated on 2018-09-25

Nigeria: Experts List Challenges Facing Solid Minerals Sector

Updated on 2018-09-25

Zimbabwe: More Gold Resources At Blanket Mine

Updated on 2018-09-21

Kenya: Why Nairobians Have Gone Crazy About Pineapple Peels

Updated on 2018-09-21

Nigeria, China commence implementation of low-density Geochemical mapping

Updated on 2018-09-21

Ethiopia: Coffee, Tea Exports Generate $82m

Updated on 2018-09-20

$7b Train 7: NLNG secures guarantees for gas feedstock supply, off takers

Updated on 2018-09-20

Oil majors expect first ruling in Nigeria’s $1.3b oilfield scandal

Updated on 2018-09-19

Why Kenya’s president is planning to cut fuel tax by half

Updated on 2018-09-18

Tanzania: Cassava Promotion Yields Positive Results in China

Updated on 2018-09-14

Nigeria, China sign $2bn MoU on cotton industry

Updated on 2018-09-14

Forex earnings from cashew threatened

Updated on 2018-09-14

Minister: Foreign investors want banks to invest in mining

Updated on 2018-09-14

$8.9b lost annually to post-harvest wastage, says NIRSAL

Updated on 2018-09-12

Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

Updated on 2018-09-12

South Africa’s manufacturing output for July rises by 2.9 percent!

Updated on 2018-09-11

International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA) becomes the first institution to win the Africa Food Prize

Updated on 2018-09-11

Zimbabwe: Gold Trades Lower

Updated on 2018-09-11

Foreign reserves and oil prices fall in Nigeria

Updated on 2018-09-10

Ghana’s cocoa industry is under threat could this be the solution?

Updated on 2018-09-07

South Africa: Sugar Tariffs to Provide Relief Against the Surge of Imports

Updated on 2018-09-07

Africa welcomes first ever full-stream oil, gas & energy transformation dais

Updated on 2018-09-06

Zimbabwe: Bread Shortage Looms As Flour Millers Halt Operations - Cite Lack of Forex From RBZ

Updated on 2018-09-05

Nigeria spends $2bn annually on honey importation

Updated on 2018-09-04

Ivory Coast cocoa farmers expect abundant crop despite meager rainfall

Updated on 2017-10-30

PM markets: coffee gains, defying strong dollar, which hurts grains

Updated on 2017-10-30

Weekly grain and oilseeds market view from Europe

Updated on 2017-08-08

GuarantCo provides Debt Service Reserve Account guarantee (DSRA) guarantee in Mali

Updated on 2017-08-08

Lagos acquires 32 tonnes per hour rice mill from Switzerland

Updated on 2017-07-21

Electricity: Grid loses 689mw after hitting 4,345mw

Updated on 2017-07-21

Nigeria to explore African market for crude oil sale

Updated on 2017-07-21

Refineries realise N62 billion from refined products

Updated on 2017-07-21

Downstream oil sector has $10bn investments deficit

Updated on 2017-07-21

NNPC daily gas supply to power plants increases by 64%

Updated on 2017-07-21

FG licenses 10 more modular refineries

Updated on 2017-07-04

Maize prices rise 83% on the back of armyworm invasion

Updated on 2017-07-04

Nigeria’s major non-oil exports fall

Updated on 2017-07-04

France to invest in Nigeria’s oil, gas sector

Updated on 2017-06-09

India: Grain and Feed Voluntary

Updated on 2017-06-09

Gold Rally Limited to U.K.

Updated on 2017-06-09

Glut Keeps Oil Prices in Check as Turmoil Shakes the Middle East

Updated on 2017-06-09

Iraq Seeks to Triple Refining Capacity With Slew of Projects

Updated on 2017-06-09

Afam power station’ll generate 340MW by December – FG

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG, AfDB open talks on coal-to-power financing

Updated on 2017-06-09

N4.74tn spent on fuel imports in 2016 – Kachikwu

Updated on 2017-06-09

44 ships arrive Lagos ports, 8 with 233,000 tonnes of petrol

Updated on 2017-06-09

NNPC operating secret fuel subsidy — Senate

Updated on 2017-06-09

FG: $1.2bn required to fix refineries

Updated on 2017-06-09

Dangote signs pact on $700m (USD) sugar project

Updated on 2017-06-09

Constraint in Nigeria’s $10bn fruit industry

Updated on 2017-05-11

OPEC APR OUTPUT 31.85 MILLION B/D, UNCHANGED FROM MAR: PLATTS SURVEY

Updated on 2017-05-11

Small-Scale Miners' Huge Boost to Foreign Earnings in Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-05-11

Shale Drillers Are Outspending the World With $84 Billion Spree

Updated on 2017-05-11

Eni to build crude oil refinery in Nigeria -oil minister

Updated on 2017-05-11

Nigeria’s coal deposits can sustain additional 4,300MW for 20 years

Updated on 2017-05-11

FG seeks $5.2bn from World Bank for electricity

Updated on 2017-05-11

International Consumer Pays NBET $159m For Power

Updated on 2017-05-11

Agip to build refinery in Nigeria

Updated on 2017-05-11

Mobil Oil Nigeria Q1 2017 Results Review

Updated on 2017-05-10

5 Clean Energy Innovations That Could Transform Our World

Updated on 2017-05-10

Boost in domestic fish production

Updated on 2017-05-10

Recent Spike in Commodity Prices Confounded Analysts

Updated on 2017-05-10

Libya Adds to OPEC's Burden as Output at Highest Since 2014

Updated on 2017-05-10

Saudi Arabia and Russia Signal Oil-Cuts Extension Into 2018

Updated on 2017-05-10

Fashola: DisCos’ poor remittance nearly collapsed power sector

Updated on 2017-05-10

Over 40% of electricity diverted, stolen

Updated on 2017-05-10

Global conventional oil discoveries drop to record low in 2016

Updated on 2017-05-10

Oil Prices Rise after Hint of Longer Extension to OPEC Cut

Updated on 2017-05-10

Nigerian oil sales slow as uncertainty surrounds DSDP

Updated on 2017-05-10

NNPC awards Ajaokuta-Kaduna-Kano gas pipeline to Chinese firm

Updated on 2017-05-10

Marginal fields bid round to commence this month

Updated on 2017-05-10

Total Nigeria Q1 2017 Result Review

Updated on 2017-04-26

Technology that Will Change Agriculture in 2017

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG, two firms sign pact on 120mw solar power

Updated on 2017-04-26

FG to sue IOCs over $17bn undeclared crude

Updated on 2017-04-26

Nigeria sold $6.7bn less crude in 2016 - Report

Updated on 2017-04-26

Malabu Oil Asks Court to Stop FG from Signing FID on $13.5bn Oil Project

Updated on 2017-04-26

Oil Retreats as U.S. Production Gain Offsets Stockpile Decline

Updated on 2017-04-26

Pipeline vandalism up by 233%, says NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-26

NNPC reduces trade deficit by 16%

Updated on 2017-04-22

Saudis Target 30 Solar, Wind Projects in $50 Billion Pledge

Updated on 2017-04-22

Crude Falls as Rising Rig Count Seen Boosting U.S. Production

Updated on 2017-04-15

Serbia: Grain and Feed Annual

Updated on 2017-04-15

Russia: WTO Notifications on EAEU Phytosanitary Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-15

Estonia: 2017 Annual Oilseeds and Products Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: The Wine Market in the Province of Quebec

Updated on 2017-04-15

Canada: Canada Top Market for U.S. High-Value Agricultural Exports

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bulgaria: Oilseeds and Products Annual Report

Updated on 2017-04-15

Bosnia and Herzegovina: Wine Product Brief

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Metals

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #DryBulk

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Agriculture

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #LNG

Updated on 2017-04-12

Market Updates: #Oil

Updated on 2017-04-08

United Kingdom: UK Triggers Two-year Process to Exit EU

Updated on 2017-04-08

Thailand: Cotton and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Philippines: Oilseeds and Products Annual

Updated on 2017-04-08

Japan: Increasing Interest in U.S. Feeder Cattle

Updated on 2017-04-08

China: Monthly Agricultural Market News of South China

Updated on 2017-04-08

Burma - New Pest Risk Analysis Requirements

Updated on 2017-04-08

Permian Economics: Cimarex On The Edge Of Being Part Of Shale Elites

Updated on 2017-04-08

Chesapeake Energy: What You Must Remember

Updated on 2017-04-08

Seadrill - What Really Drove The Selloff And What May Happen?

Updated on 2017-04-07

No Plan To Increase Petrol Price – NNPC

Updated on 2017-04-07

Agip to begin work on $13.5b Zabazaba deepwater project

Updated on 2017-04-07

Theft: Shell Shut Bonny Light Oil Export Line

Updated on 2017-04-07

Nigeria’s crude oil production decreases to 1.6mpd

Updated on 2017-04-07

When Will Russia Run Out Of Oil?

Updated on 2017-04-07

Analysing the Petroleum Industry Bill

Updated on 2017-04-06

Dangote to intensify local sourcing of sugarcane for refining

Updated on 2017-04-04

OPEC's Barkindo Sees Progress in Oil Cuts as Stockpiles Shrink

Updated on 2017-04-04

Tanzania plans to import 400 MW of electricity from Ethiopia

Updated on 2017-03-29

From Aspiration to Reality : Unpacking the Africa Mining Vision

Updated on 2017-03-29

I quit my job to farm watermelons

Updated on 2017-03-05

Nigeria BPE selects advisers for commodity exchange transactions

Updated on 2017-02-26

John Deere 310SK backhoe review

Updated on 2017-02-23

Indication of Interest – Seeking crude oil suppliers

Updated on 2016-12-13

Private Exporters Report Sales Activity for China

Updated on 2016-12-13

Senegal - Cotton and Products Update

Updated on 2016-12-13

Japan - Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-12-13

U.S Beef Arrives to the Israeli Market

Updated on 2016-12-13

Developments in Israel’s food and agriculture sector.

Updated on 2016-11-14

Accepting Applications for 2017 Borlaug Fellowships

Updated on 2016-11-02

Prices seen rising for oil and other commodities in 2017

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Potential Increase of Ukrainian Agricultural Exports to EU

Updated on 2016-10-14

Ukraine: Agricultural Biotechnology Annual

Updated on 2016-10-03

Weatherford's SEC Fraud Case

Updated on 2016-10-03

Large Oil Company Dividends Might Not Be Sustainable Long Term

Updated on 2016-10-03

Teekay LNG Partners Offers Investors An Opportunity

Updated on 2016-09-22

Bank of China Ltd.’s New York branch will be the first yuan clearing bank in the U.S.

Updated on 2016-09-22

Kaduna government, firm to establish $120m rice processing plant

Updated on 2016-06-14

Africa’s food suppliers target international exports in the drive for growth and profit

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria to stop importation of six commodities by 2018

Updated on 2016-06-09

Ongoing supply disruptions in Nigeria causes jump in Crude oil futures

Updated on 2016-06-09

Nigeria's pioneer commodities exchange to commence operation

Updated on 2016-05-07

Oil up on Canada wildfire, dollar; big weekly loss for Brent

Updated on 2016-05-07

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>> April 4, 2017, will be remembered as the "big fall" for Seadrill.

Investment Thesis:

April 4, 2017, will be remembered as the "big fall" for Seadrill (NYSE:SDRL) and its subsidiary North Atlantic drilling (NYSE:NADL) and in a somewhat lesser extent Seadrill Partners LLC (NYSE:SDLP) -- in which Seadrill owns a minority stake just under 50%.

The question is what happened yesterday and why?

Everyone has a theory, of course, and as the theory goes, we can always extract some shreds of truth hidden in these assumptions and conjectures used to build it.

Often, analysts come with a "simplistic" theory, not really a "simple" theory and assuming they can come up with a theory in the first place.

Let's face it, most of the analysts and authors, here and there, are not really familiar with what drives the market engine -- No disrespect, this is why they are "struggling" analysts and not taking care of a fund, isn't it? -- The "fuel" is money -- a lot of it -- and trading decisions at the millisecond pace using advanced tools and algorithms.

What I have read today is that the "analysts" community in general interprets this sell off mostly wrong, and using straight reasoning from continuity while we were witnessing a technical breakout.

In short, Seadrill management warned many times, during the past several months, about the risk of a significant shareholder dilution. However, this time, all of a sudden, oh! divine clairvoyance, it is "more precise" and the "market finally got it, this time". Give me a break.

 

M. Carl Surran from Seeking Alpha is doing a very good job at getting us an important clue of what is the common "street" interpretation and wrote:

While SDRL already had warned shareholders that they face dilution in a restructuring deal, the latest statement is "an even clearer sign from the company that the value for existing shareholders will be lower than what is priced in the equity market," says SpareBank 1 Markets analyst Vidar Lyngvaer.

What really does it mean? The market is a "slow minded" listener that needs repeated warnings about his impending demise before it realizes that it is going to collapse?

Some sort of long-neck dinosaur that needs several minutes to effectively die, because of the time it takes for the body to send the last signal to the far fetch and tiny brain? Come on! Who can even think it is the right explanation?

Technical analysis and trends rule the market. Seadrill and the "confirming sign" of a negative breakout.

The market is very good at spotting a trend and go with it. A trend comes in many sizes, long-term, intermediate-term, short-term and ultra-short-term. Yesterday, was a perfect example of the latter.

Let's look at the chart and comment on what we see in terms of Technical analysis.

As indicated in my preceding article, SDRL describes a falling wedge pattern (I would say "described" after yesterday). The falling wedge is a generally bullish pattern (low performance rated 20 out 23 by Bulkowsky), which means that under normal circumstances the breakout is potentially more likely to occur on the positive side at about two to one. No certainty in predicting future events of course.

On April 3, 2017, the stock was testing the trend line resistance and for a moment I thought that it was the positive breakout anticipated. However, a breakout is confirmed by high-volume and we had only a minimum volume that day. I interpreted this situation as a "sell" signal, which I posted on Seeking alpha.

 

Then, yesterday we heard the news, and the stock traded sharply lower in pre-market, but within the falling wedge pattern, which means a range between 0.95-1.05. However, when the normal US market began, volume increased and the trend line support was crossed, confirming a negative breakout in process and the "snowball effect" experienced afterwards was unavoidable.

This situation triggered a huge automatic response translated by a new reversing trade from long to short. It was plainly evident when analyzed through the tiny-time-duration chart.

Thus, I replaced my long bets to short bets immediately and estimated the breakout length, which is about the distance between the two trend lines right above the breakout point at a ratio of about ~40% (empirical), which indicated 0.72-0.73 (we reached 0.65). It was my basic covering strategy. It worked perfectly this time but it is not easy and demand control and willingness to change or adapt constantly.

Conclusion:

Hundred of million dollars have been lost and made yesterday on nothing more than a semantic interpretation. I wrote yesterday:

Sounds like a broken record, triggering the same "evergreen" market reaction.

SDRL 4Q'16 conference call transcript Seeking Alpha. [Click here]

M. Mark Morris, CFO, said it honestly in the conference call:

Regarding our restructuring, our objective is to find a solution that bridges us to a recovery in the sector, achieves a sustainable capital structure, and protects value for our stakeholders. We've been engaged in extensive discussions with our lenders and potential new investors, including Hemen, regarding the terms of a comprehensive restructuring. These discussions have also included the ad hoc committee of bondholders. While the ad hoc committee is not presently restricted, they have indicated a willingness to become restricted again in the future.

We currently believe that material additional amendments to the terms of the proposed bank amendments will be necessary to raise the new capital. Feedback from stakeholders and potential new inventors also indicates that a comprehensive and consensual agreement will likely require conversion of our bonds to equity. Under such circumstances, the new capital raise and any resulting debt conversion would likely result in substantial dilution to our shareholders and potential losses for other financial stakeholders.

 

Today, the company announced the following:

These extensions provide additional time for the Company to further advance the ongoing negotiations with its banks, potential new money investors, and the advisers to the ad hoc committee of bondholders regarding the terms of a comprehensive restructuring plan, which may include the infusion of new capital. While no definitive terms have been reached, based on stakeholder and new money investor feedback, as well as the Company`s existing leverage, we currently believe that a comprehensive restructuring plan will require a substantial impairment or conversion of our bonds, as well as impairment, losses or substantial dilution for other stakeholders. As a result, the Company currently expects that shareholders are likely to receive minimal recovery for their existing shares.

We expect the implementation of a comprehensive restructuring plan will likely involve schemes of arrangement or chapter 11 proceedings, and we are preparing accordingly.

Ok, wording is slightly different, a month ago, it was:

"likely result in substantial dilution to our shareholders"

and today we have:

"shareholders are likely to receive minimal recovery for their existing shares."

Which is worse? Sounds the same to me and the risk of bankruptcy or out-of-court is still the same.

What will happen today and the next few months will be dictated by everyday news and rumors. I am sure it will be another exciting day or two... As technical analysis is concerned, we are now turning a blank page and the story starts today again.

My message is that SDRL is a trading tool nothing else, and it is not adapted necessarily to anyone who wants to make a quick buck. Trading and investing is a dangerous proposition that requires knowledge, professionalism and control. The risk is significant and always present, lurking in the shadows. You will have to deal with it, on a personal level and TAKE RESPONSIBILITY for your own actions. Do not incriminate John Fredriksen, me or the Pope for your losses, it is plainly unfair and unwarranted. Thank you in advance.

 

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Disclosure: I/we have no positions in any stocks mentioned, and no plans to initiate any positions within the next 72 hours.

I wrote this article myself, and it expresses my own opinions. I am not receiving compensation for it (other than from Seeking Alpha). I have no business relationship with any company whose stock is mentioned in this article.

Additional disclosure: I day trade SDRL and the disclosure above is not adapted to describe my position. Read my article.

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