15 October 2020

1) The much feared Diablo winds, along with its low humidity, will bring critical fire weather to Northern California through Friday, increasing the risks of wild fires. There are widespread red flag fire warnings for Northen California above San Francisco because of extremely dry, gusty, north to northeast winds which will bring critical fire conditions. With the relative humidity down into the single digits and teens, winds could reach about 45 mph, with gust up to 55 mph, both conditions very conducive to rapidly spread wild fires. The Diablo winds are much like the Santa Ana winds so familiar to Southern Californians.
2) Boeing’s troubles continue with no new orders for jets and more 737 MAX cancellations as the companies crisis continues. There were more orders for the 373 MAX canceled in September with delivery of only 11 total aircraft to customers, which is less than half the number from the same month a year ago. Furthermore, the quality flaws on the 787 Dreamliner continue to hamper efforts to develop an alternative cash cow to the 737 MAX. The major source of Boeing’s problems is the coronavirus pandemic, which continues to hurt the demand for jets, for Boeing as well as its rival Airbus, and this is a factor that neither aircraft manufacture has any control over.
3) The prices for crude oil are rising with the dollar’s decline, which in turn is boosting appeal of commodities priced in dollars. There are signs of oil demand increasing in Asia, which is helping lift the overall outlook for oil consumption. The company Rogsheng Petrochemical of Singapore is buying up oil futures to run its expanded refinery operation in Zhejiang this quarter. The outlook for refineries output remain precarious, with refining margins severely depressed for this time of the year. Refineries typically need a spread of more than $10 a barrel to make it profitable to process crude oil.
4) Stock market closings for – 14 OCT 20:
Dow 28,514.00 down 165.81
Nasdaq 11,768.73 down 95.17
S&P 500 3,488.67 down 23.26
10 Year Yield: unchanged at 0.72%
Oil: up at $41.22

17 April 2019

1) The Russian company Rusal plans to build an up-to-date $200 million dollar aluminum rolling mill in Kentucky, which they intend to start construction of after sanctions have been lifted. The mill will provide about 1,500 jobs and is expected to open in 2021.

2) Gasoline prices are quickly rising to the three dollar a gallon mark, even four dollars for parts of California. This rise in price is attributed to several different factors, such as problems with loss of refinery capacity, reduced production from OPEC, higher domestic consumption, flooding reducing grain production for ethanol and sanctions on oil exporting countries.

3) Donations are already coming in to restore Notre Dame less than twenty-four hours after the fire. So far, several billionaires have contributed $700 million dollars to restore the 850 year old church. No doubt, the restoration will require substantially more money and will probably take decades to accomplish.

4) 16 APR 19 Stock market closings:

Dow            26,452.66    up    67.89
Nasdaq         8,000.22    up    24.21
S&P 500        2,907.06    up      1.48

10 Year Yield:    up   at    2.59%

Oil:    up   at    $64.29

TEXAS REFINERIES RESTART AFTER COLOSSAL HURRICANE HARVEY!!!!!!!!!

By: Economic & Finance Report

Texas oil refineries began production of oil again Saturday Sept 3, 2017.  This is after a rocky and unstable week presented to the Texas and Louisiana region from the turbulent hurricane called Harvey. Hurricane Harvey being categorized as a Category 4 hurricane, ruined and destroyed billions and billions of dollars of infrastructure and property (residential and commercial); and distablized the southern gulf region.

The federal government has indicated that close to $200 billion will be needed to infuse in the economies; of Texas and Louisiana especially to jump start business initiatives and future business development projects in the region.

Alot of the Texas refineries had to drastically cut production because of the damage Harvey propelled. More then half of the oil refineries in the US is in the Gulf, so when Harvey hit the region, it really made a impact to oil production.

As the refineries begin to resume their productivity, many people and businesses will have to find ways to pick up and resume their lives, from the turmoil this horrible hurricane has inflicted on them. -SB

 

DANGOTE INVESTS $500 MILLION IN ETHIOPIA, FOR CEMENT…….

Dangote-Cement

By: Economic & Finance Report

Dangote Cement will be adding another cement refinery in Ethiopia. The refinery that is being constructed to be valued at around $500 million. The refinery plant will be stationed in Mugher, Ethiopia.  The plant is expected to produce somewhere around 7,000 jobs in Ethiopia.

Ethiopia is going through a construction and infrastructure development boom currently. Infrastructure is widely being constructed in cities around Ethiopia. These investments have allowed Dangote to invest in cement plants in the country, because cement is needed in the infrastructure developments. Dangote Cement has positioned its self to be the manufacture supplier to builders and developers within Ethiopia as they construct more. -SB

AFRICA’S RICHEST BILLIONAIRE INVESTS $2BN IN NIGERIA OIL….

By: Economic & Finance Report

Aliko Dangote pic

 Energy is big business in Nigeria and in Africa in general. Billionaire Aliko Dangote, Africa’s richest man has invested $2 billion dollars in Nigeria’s oil refinery. It is Nigeria’s petrochemical and fertiliser plant. He has already invested $9 billion dollars in the refinery adding the recent $2 billion recently. This project has been noted by energy analysts as galvanizing and revolutionizing the energy sector in Nigeria.

Nigeria’s refineries have had problems for decades, not being able to output oil to its full capacity, being unmanageable and the high rate of oil robberies and theft.

Nigeria’s economy continues to expand and diversify especially within the past decade but the country is still relying on oil as it’s main producer… Nigeria’s is Africa #1 oil producer… Nigeria oil accounts for  90 percent of export earnings and 70 percent from its national GDP earnings.

Mr. Dangote and his Dangote Group investing $2 billion in the oil refinery will position Nigeria to broaden its spectrum in the energy sector within and help ease the necessity of energy from being imported..

-SB