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Friday Sankey 6/18/21

Fun fact: Australia’s biggest export is boomerangs. It’s also their biggest import. What actor could never play Quasimodo? Humpfree Bogart Doctor: Your body ran out of magnesium. Me: 0mg. The urge to sing The Lion Sleeps Tonight is just a whim away. A client writes: Paul! One day doesn’t make a market, but your next letter can’t come soon enough. Is the run in oil done? Dear clients, Key bear triggers were twofold yesterday. First, […]

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8:42 AM

Morning StEVe LEVine 6/17/21

Tonight Happy Hour 5pm we are delighted to host Steve LeVine, world battery expert and author of “Powerhouse, America, China and the Great Battery War”, editor at large, Medium, “covering the turbulence all around us, electric vehicles, batteries, social trends”. He writes for The Mobilist, and is ex-Axios, Quartz, WSJ, NYT. 5pm ET tonight, https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtc-2vqz8jGtxwSq3R416BOuVoJD9v1vnE Steve and the debate that follows will allow me to finish my thematic “Electric Vehicles, not so fast”. The fact […]

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9:22 AM

Morning Sankey 6/15/21

At the last in-person Shell analyst meeting at the NYSE, I raced the head of upstream in a life-sized side-by-side Pennzoil NASCAR simulator and then moved on to talk to CEO Ben van Buerden. One key message: sell the Permian. My argument was that Shell would never be recognized as a Permian player, would never get credit, even if they out-performed the industry, and valuations were riding high. Shell should be a mega-project player in […]

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8:46 AM

Morning Sankey 6/10/21

Well, I made it to and from Texas Tuesday/Wednesday, getting back yesterday evening, which was a Board speech and dinner at a famous country club. But the flights were pretty hellish, be warned. My outbound was cancelled, which bounced me to economy, Those tiny first class cabins are 4x over-booked. Newark TSA was typically crammed, it turns out my Global Entry is expired, putting me in the line of people wearing lace-up boots and multiple […]

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9:05 AM

Friday Sankey 6/4/21

I’ve just had my vaccine, but they administered it in my leg. My Pfizer hurting. I got my first shot. I’ll get my second one as soon as I get the bartender’s attention. Why do gay people have parades in June? Because Pride comes before the Fall. What do you call an Englishman at the Euro 2021 soccer final? Referee. Surgeon: “Don’t be nervous Jeff, you should be able to handle this operation easily.” Patient: […]

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8:57 AM

Morning Sankey 6/3/21

Last week, we highlighted Tellurian traction on Reddit Wallstbets. Today, they announced a further deal. Tonight we have Mark Viviano of activist Kimmeridge on Happy Hour (5pm ET) for a general discussion, such as pertains to a 3rd ExxonMobil board seat going to the activist slate (announced yesterday), views on the market dynamics that are occurring thanks to activism, etc. Mark has deep experience as a long-only investor at Wellington management. This is expressly NOT […]

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8:46 AM

Morning Sankey 6/2/21

The ostrich school of analysis would suggest that I resolutely defend my short term bear call on oil and oil stocks made only at lunchtime on Monday, but the fact is that no sooner had I hit send on the email to clients and website post, than the short term thesis caught fire and sank like Iran’s biggest warship just did: June 2, 2021, Associated Press: “The largest warship in the Iranian navy caught fire […]

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8:44 AM

Morning Sankey 5/26/21

Of course one of the most egregious aspects of Oxy’s deal for Anadarko was that a shareholder vote was deliberately avoided by CEO Vicki Hollub. This doubly bad because a preferred $10bn deal with Warren Buffett was the route taken to get a deal cash-rich enough to avoid a shareholder vote. Activist Carl Icahn took revenge by issuing warrants to all shareholders – but not to preferred Buffett – and effectively capped the Oxy share […]

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9:06 AM

Morning Sankey 5/25/21

We have Valero CEO Joe Gorder and team on Happy Hour this Thursday at 5pm. This is great timing, even if any time with Joe is good time spent. It is not so much that Memorial Day is imminent, the traditional start of driving season peak US demand, but also this week might be one of the most significant in the US oil history. We are referring to the release of the Ford F150 Lightning […]

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9:02 AM

Morning Cimarex-Cabot 5/24/21

Cimarex and Cabot to merge as equals, the new company will be called Cimmabon. No, Cabarrot. Only kidding, they have not announced the new name.  Call at 8:30am ET – imminently. Also we mention Tellurian, which is rising in the meme stock world – most mentioned on Reddit (see lists below). Overall, we love LNG plays, but US export competition is fierce, and our key play is Cheniere, $LNG. Years ago under Souki they snagged […]

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8:18 AM

Morning Woods & Trees 5/20/21

Happy hour tonight 5pm ET with Uzi Yemin, CEO Delek USA, refining & marketing. Should be great. Journalists are hassling me on the subject of the ExxonMobil shareholder vote, which is next Wednesday. They tell me that the Engine #1 board seat candidates are likely to have some success, with Greg Goff seen as very likely to get on to board. Chairman and CEO likely to be split in due course. Put it this way, […]

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9:04 AM

Morning Sankey 5/19/21

Quick note to highlight that Delek CEO Uzi Yemin will be on Happy Hour this week, Thursday at 5pm ET. SAVE THE DATE: Sankey Research 1st Anniversary Party for July 4th Weekend celebrating independence. July 1st in Dumbo, Brooklyn, 6pm. Please RSVP – this is a great area of New York, terrific place to visit to refresh your New York experience, right under the Brooklyn Bridge in the stunning park from which many Sankey Research […]

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8:23 AM

Friday Sankey 5/14/21

“Darling I think the new clothes drier is shrinking my clothes.” “No honey, that is caused by the fridge.” On the other side: “Does this outfit make me look fat?” “No your fat makes you look fat.” Don’t spell part backwards. It’s a trap. Our tortoise was falling in love, but now he’s only falling apart. There’s nothing I can do, it’s a turtle eclipse of the heart. Yesterday it felt like the market confirmed […]

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8:28 AM

Morning Sankey 5/13/21

In the famous TINA market – There Is No Alternative – the question for those who did not get destroyed on “YOLO” calls based on “stonks always go up” – is where to head to if tech is melting down, and cryptocurrencies are airdropping. Cash is likely a short-term move, but a terrible medium and long-term option. You hide in a rising yield on the T Bill, but that too feels like a very poor […]

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8:53 AM

Morning Sankey 5/12/21

*INVITATION * Today * 10am ET * – Happy Coffee with Li-Cycle CEO Ajay Kochhar. Ajay is extremely strong on all things to do with his business, of re-cycling lithium-ion batteries. By extension, he is extremely strong on batteries, EVs, and particularly Li-Ion factories. He is absolutely at ease with battery market dynamics. Join a conversation with Sankey + a few clients. Yesterday the company announced an agreement with Ultium Cells, a joint venture of […]

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9:01 AM

Morning Sankey 5/11/21

Noted: private equity selling down $PXD, and Antero $AR issuing. No sooner had we highlighted the Goldilocks oil market, with strong refining margins implying good demand, the potential for further upside in demand from COVID recovery especially in global jet fuel, and the “Saudi Put” back in effect since January, than a bunch of Russian hackers show up and spoil the fun. The issue is that major negative volatility events like this are negative – […]

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9:02 AM

Morning Sankey 5/7/21

A salesman knocks on a door, answered by a 12-year-old boy wearing slippers, an oversized silk dressing gown, smoking a fat cigar in one hand, a huge snifter of brandy in the other. Stunned, the salesman asks “Are your parents in?”  The boy replies “What the fk do you think?” Americans love T shirts. They have the constitutional right to bare arms. Wife: “You need to do more chores around the house.” Husband: “Can we […]

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8:44 AM

Morning Sankey 5/4/21

As we hoped, oils’ results are going great. The sector is powering higher, with the overall steady outperformance grind that has resumed in value over growth. The oil price for Q2 is tracking well ahead of these results, further boosting the EPS upgrade cycle. Huge result from Suncor; great commentary on cash return from COP, a surprise beat from Marathon Petroleum with major disposal and buyback coming… good results from head-to-head rivals Diamondback and Aramco, […]

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8:41 AM

Sunny Saturday Sankey 5/1/21

Winner winner chicken dinner: Hess this past week. ExxonMobil, we think won of the mega-oils. Hess is the “last great oil NAV play” on Guyana, the stock is worth $100/share+ if you believe $80/bbl is coming down the strip; Goldman clearly does, we get there too, with a weak US$ and not dissimilar balances – a demand boom is coming. Wildcards vs GS are Iran and India, alongside the potential for rising US interest rates […]

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3:11 PM

Morning Sankey 4/29/21

If you have the strength, Happy Hour Tonight 5pm Register Here:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84981726924 Let’s see who can be the most bullish on the call! Using $60/bbl long term we can get to a $90 net asset value for Hess, but that work is subject to a conversation with the company. At $70 long term oil we get to $100 NAV/share. It is not as crazy as the old Hess, which ostensibly was trading at a 50% […]

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8:56 AM

Morning Athena 4/28/21

We’ve talked about QuantumScape, we have raved about Li-Cycle, a client asked us about Stem Inc, which is coming public through Star Peak Energy Transition SPAC (STPK), to trade as $STEM, assuming deal completion. I have requested to speak with the company, the following are my first impressions. With hearings in Washington on SPACs, we think this is a great opportunity to buy some beaten down names. We don’t think there is any major problem […]

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7:40 AM

Morning Sankey 4/27/21

One thing you get from looking at the BP and Tesla results side-by-side: BP could learn a lot from Tesla about fonts. I find the BP “rich-kindergarten-teacher” font irritating. Tesla results are beautifully presented, to my eye, distressed alloy on black. In this note, we consider Tesla decline rates briefly. That theme will be a long-term one for us, much as we have highlight decline rates in wind and solar.   Even with my begrudging […]

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8:57 AM

Morning Sankey 4/23/21

Well, it’s feedback Friday! The age-old client meeting line gets used again: Client Q: “Paul, what is the most common question that clients are asking right now?” Paul A: “What is the most common question that clients are asking you right now?” True joke, but being Friday, we are not done – here they are: Newsflash: US customs have intercepted $2m of lumber being smuggled in shipments of cocaine What do you call an anti-vax […]

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9:12 AM

Morning Sankey 4/22/21

Comparative advantage in ideas. Under the fundamental trade principle of comparative advantage (Ricardo, 1817), if you have two goods, and I have two services, we trade; to have one good and service each, more efficiently produced for each. Under a theory of trade of ideas, If we have two ideas each, and we trade; we each have four ideas. THAT’S RIGHT FOLKS, HAPPY HOUR IS BACK, TONIGHT AT 5PM. Muttering to myself about the latest […]

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8:25 AM

Morning Sankey 4/20/21

Staring at the blinking red and green Bloomberg ticks, alone in a home office, bombarded with Bitcoin headlines, Gamestop headlines, etc etc, it had become very difficult to make out the wood from the trees regarding the oil and energy call. I went on a road trip. I’m back. As suspected, the oils and energy have been tricky – notably solar has been ugly for the past month and year to date, albeit off a […]

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8:42 AM

Morning Sankey 4/13/21

It seems pretty blatantly obvious that Putin is going to invade east Ukraine and join Russian rebel-held territory (see map in Sunday Sankey). He did it with Crimea. Not really a lot you can do, shall we ask Ukraine expert Hunter Biden for his take? There will be a domino effect, because the next question becomes what do you do if China invades Taiwan, given troop build-ups are as big in naval terms in the […]

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9:05 AM

Morning PSJeff 4/9/21

What’s Sisyphus’ least favorite band? The Rolling Stones We visited Japan for two weeks and did not see a single ninja. It was really impressive. “Officer, you can’t give me a ticket. I have to go run the marathon tomorrow.” Cop: “That’s not how you play the race card.” The Ketchup shortage this year was so predictable. Heinz sight is 2020. Happy Hour yesterday evening, we had a player whose firm had done a deep […]

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8:28 AM

SPAC Alert: The Life Cycle of Li-Cycle

Looking for SPAC names, we had highlighted Quantumscape as interesting from the point of view of long-term potential. However, like so many alternative energy plays, revenues are years away from scale commercialization (a pilot project for the $19bn market cap company is due by 2023), and the company recently issued 13m shares at $64 to finance its high-cost development work (the stock fell to $47 over the next two days). We had the impression “funding […]

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7:54 AM

Target: Zero Shares by 2035

Shell’s results are like a box of chocolates: you never know what you are going to get. This cashflow and earnings volatility, of course, is bad for the multiple. At the simplest EV/EBITDA level, Shell trades in the bottom decile of 40 major oil companies, between Southwestern and Ovintiv, a remarkable indictment of market uncertainty over earnings… strategy… management. Based on the company’s Q1 2021 earnings guidance, the stock just got more expensive, as the […]

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9:14 AM

Morning Sankey 4/6/21

BP announced the early achievement of its 35% debt target after the strength of Q1, and we think several unhedged oil companies will surprise with the strength of their profits after a $60/bbl quarter. We believe the overall market has lost track of just how profitable major oils are when oil prices are above $60/bbl, by which we mean the entire S&P500 upstream oil sector, with the major warning on levels of hedging exposure (see […]

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9:02 AM

Morning Sankey 4/1/21

ExxonMobil is clawing its way to earnings respectability, after a brutal run of end-quarter 8k earnings guidance that were introduced as part of the company’s major push into more open and improved communication. The bad news is that the open communication policy introduction coincided with the nadir of ExxonMobil’s modern strategy and operational performance. The good news is that the company is grinding its way off the lows. There is a battle for board seats […]

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8:16 AM

The cliché-myth of the Roaring 2020s

History does not repeat, but it rhymes. Consideration of the Roaring 1920s makes it clear that the major technological, economic, and social advancements of the era were remarkable. There was an incredible convergence of technological development combined with an economic boom into an upsurge of social liberalism. Equally, the Roaring 1920s came after the great 1918 influenza (H1N1) avian-origin flu pandemic of 1918-1919. There is a synchronous argument that says the global economy recovering from […]

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9:10 AM

Morning Mood Swing 3/30/21

Get ready for a dump of April Fool’s Day OPEC jokes as the Organisation meets formally this week, culminating on Thursday April 1st. Rollover is seen as the most likely outcome, which would be for April, Saudi extending its market control, with recent volatility in oil prices – ie downside moves – seen as the key concern. It’s a never-ending wonder trying to forecast oil markets, and now to be in new era. Here, we […]

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8:26 AM

Morning Sankey 3/26/21

My wife and I were sitting in the living room enjoying a bottle of wine. Out of the blue she said, “I love you. ” Surprised, I asked, “Is that you or the wine talking?” “It’s me,” she said, “talking to the wine.” What do you call a rich Centipede? A Dollarpede A mushroom walks into a bar and the bartender welcomes him. He’s a fun guy. A Freudian slip is where you say one […]

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9:05 AM

Morning Sankey 3/25/21

As of writing about the Suez Canal yesterday, we were very early to show how the bulbous nose of the giant ship was buried in the shoreline. That went viral, along with the shape the ship drew on satnav maps before entering the canal. The former, the buried nose of massively heavy vessel wedged in the sand, seems to be a major problem, and there was feedback on my comment that “two dudes in hi-viz […]

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8:59 AM

Morning Suez 3/24/21

Covering global oil markets, you can be sailing along peacefully and from nowhere, a new major event leaves you scrambling. And so a vast container ship blocks the Suez canal. Around 10% of world oil trade and 8% of world LNG trade move through the canal. Quite how the captain managed to hit the side of the canal and wedge the ship remains an open question, but we do know that the Suez is a […]

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8:38 AM

Morning Sankey 3/19/21

What is the highest rank in the popcorn army? Kernel. Where do you find the Andes? At the end of your Armies. Few people know that Bruce Lee had a vegan brother, Brocco. Where do DJs do their research? Wiki-wiki Wikipedia. It’s Friday! Why did oil airdrop? Probably because it was walking on air. Spot “flat” Brent prices fell 7.5% yesterday. A trading house sent this comment: “Vitol offered Brent aggressively, driving Dated lower. Shell […]

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8:41 AM

Morning Sankey 3/18/21

Yesterday’s DOE data was brutal for US refiners and particularly PBF. We had been hoping for a much more bullish picture – we got increases in crude AND product inventories. Imports surged particularly into New York Harbor – hence the PBF reference – as European refiners, desperate for market, scramble to attack the surge in gasoline prices caused by the Texas Crisis. This should be a brutal month for refiners, as the quarter ends and […]

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8:49 AM

Morning Sankey 3/17/21

Noted: $PLUG – has said it will restate financials within a couple of months of a major stock offering of 28m shares at $65 per share around January 29, 2021. Not good, unless you are a lawyer. Stock is half that level in the pre-market after yesterday’s shock announcement. The IEA has produced a double whammy today of the Monthly Oil Market Report and their Oil 2021 outlook for global oil markets to 2026. As […]

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8:26 AM

Morning Volkswagen

Volkswagen held its Power Day yesterday, an obvious head-to-head counter to Tesla’s Battery Day last September. The Tesla Battery Day will remain a memorable event for me, held outdoors under COVID conditions in California, the audience was made up of a crowd of Teslas that beeped their horns in appreciation at Elon Musk, above them on a rock concert-style stage. That was not an autonomous crowd, the beeping was operated by humans trapped inside the […]

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9:19 AM

Morning Sankey 3/12/21

Not sure about the Dad jokes this morning. But I will try a couple for sighs. I accidentally sprayed deodorant in my mouth this morning. Now I talk with this weird Axe scent. I got my friend a fridge for his birthday. I can’t wait to see his face light up when he opens it. How do you walk a dog with no legs? Hit him with the first pitch. We had our uber bull […]

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8:49 AM

Morning CVX vs XOM

The first slide considered at the Chevron virtual analyst meeting 2021 was pretty depressing. The company showed an adjusted ROCE of 2.9% and a plan to get this to 10% by 2025. On a day when Tesla had the biggest single move by any stock in history (20% up move added $140bn, or more than the entire value of TOTAL in one day) the investment merits of a major oil taking its ROCE from 3% […]

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9:17 AM

Morning Chevron 3/9/21

Chevron has its annual analyst meeting today, in virtual form.  The meeting starts at 10am ET. There’s no question that over the past year, Chevron enjoyed a major moment in its corporate history, when its market cap exceeded that of ExxonMobil. Of course, the circumstances were unfortunate, but the reality is that CVX surpassing XOM in value was a very long road and a major achievement for the company. In fact, since the 2001 tech […]

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8:21 AM

Morning Sankey 3/5/21

It’s Friday. What do you call an overweight kidney doctor who also predicts the weather? A meaty urologist. My thoughts on Mongolian poetry: It has its prose and its Khans. Why do astronauts use Linux? Because you can’t open Windows in space. Noted: Ovintiv results this morning, former rival big oil analyst, and buddy, Kate Minyard has been appointed to the board at the behest of activist Kimmeridge’s Mark Viviano. Viviano/Kimmeridge publish excellent “white papers” […]

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8:55 AM

Morning Sankey 3/2/21

Straw poll direct to major investors yesterday “Views on XOM? I am loosening up for analyst meeting preview (meeting is tomorrow Wednesday 3rd March). Faber on CNBC breaking on new board members Ubben and Michael Angelakis, CEO of the investment company Atairos and a former senior Comcast; Faber says both supported by activist DE Shaw”. Summary of the results/thoughts out of 100 market players would be as follows: of 100 investors, responses 9/10 bullish XOM, […]

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8:58 AM

Morning QuantumScape 2/18/21

Field trip. Speaking to Devon yesterday after their results, I asked to visit the company in Oklahoma, which seemed somewhat ludicrous in the circumstances. There is an energy emergency in Texas and Oklahoma, in case you have been asleep all week. However a visit is okay to go, so if any clients wish to join me on a Oklahoma/Texas run in the week of March 15th, the plan will be to get through next week’s […]

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8:26 AM

Morning Sankey 2/17/21

The current energy crisis is much bigger than most people realize. This is a global crisis. The largest energy outage in US history. In the middle of a brutal winter, globally. Stay tuned, this crisis is just starting. An outage of this scale in Texas is world scale. The entire US and Atlantic Basin energy market is based on a core of Texas/US Gulf Coast. A lot of the debate currently is, as so often […]

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8:37 AM

Morning Shell Out

Woke up this morning feeling like Groundhog Day, with another 2” of snow on the ground here in Brooklyn, this work from home certainly provides few surprises on the way to work. Which is a 3 yard commute. Little did I know years ago working at Wood Mackenzie and living on the other side of Charlotte Square, that my commute back then would not be the shortest of my career. The joke was it took […]

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8:52 AM

Morning Sankey 2/10/21

Noted: Chesapeake to emerge from bankruptcy and trade as CHK tomorrow. The #EFT (energy finance twitter) hordes are ready to Gamestop this one. The problem was always the debt/financial structure, not the assets. In fact, if you need to know one thing about this oil tape, it is that pretty much the best major oil company is the worst performing stock this year. In share price terms. We are speaking of course of TOTAL, or […]

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8:47 AM

Morning Sankey 2/9/21

It was invariable, in a market with one dimension since the March lows “Don’t fight the Fed, buy-buy-buy with the Fed; cost of capital is close to zero, equity value is close to infinite” that eventually the laggards would have to rip, and so we “energy transition” oil analysts find ourselves basking in the glory of best performing sector in the market year to date. This , which was a joke that was made on […]

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8:51 AM
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