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AI Data Centers, EVs to Lead New Surge in Energy Demand

Source: Streetwise Reports (7/9/24)

With Electric Vehicles (EVs) and a swarm of new products requiring more power, experts agree that a surge in demand is coming, and soon. Here are several companies that can get you exposure to this important and growing resource.

With Electric Vehicles (EVs) and a swarm of new products requiring more power, experts agree that a surge in demand is coming, and soon.

But the nation’s largest utility companies are warning the surge could be unlike anything seen since the widespread adoption of heat pumps and air conditioners pushed demand sky-high in the 20th Century, according to a June 30 piece by Spencer Kimball for CNBC.

This time the engine of growth will come from power-hungry artificial intelligence data centers, EVs, and the expansion of computer chip manufacturing, he wrote.

“In absolute terms, the growth in electricity demand from these two segments, EVs and data centers, is equivalent to the total electricity demand of a country such as Turkey, that the U.S. has to take on,” said Rystad Energy analyst Surya Hendry in a June release on the issue. “This growth is a race against time to expand power generation without overwhelming electricity systems to the point of stress. If you envision cleaner roads and sustainable AI for the future, renewable energy is the key to meeting this demand and providing the scalability needed for U.S. power systems to endure.”

The tech giants — Amazon, Alphabet’s Google, Microsoft, and Meta — are looking for more power as they bring data centers online that can require as much as a gigawatt of electricity, Petter Skantze, vice president of infrastructure development at NextEra Energy Resources, told CNBC.

“To put that in context, a gigawatt is equivalent to the capacity of nuclear reactor,” the CNBC report noted.

Skantze’s parent company is NextEra Energy, the largest power company in the S&P utilities sector by market capitalization.

“This is a different urgency coming,” Skantze told the Reuters Global Energy Transition conference in New York recently, according to CNBC. “They need this load to drive the next iteration of growth. They’re showing up now at the utility and they’re banging on the door and they’re saying I need to put this resource on the grid.”

The Spark: AI Data Centers, EVs Demand Power

Rystad Energy’s research predicted that data centers and EVs alone will add 290 terrawatt hours (TWh) of new demand by 2030.

“Overall, the combined expansion of traditional and AI data centers, along with chip foundries, will increase demand cumulatively by 177 TWh from 2023 to 2030, reaching a total of 307 TWh,” noted Rystad, an independent research and energy intelligence company. “Despite data centers currently representing a relatively modest portion of total electricity demand in the U.S., this marks a more than two-fold increase compared to 2023 levels, which stood at 130 TWh, highlighting the efforts of the U.S. to position itself as a global data center hub.”

Rystad said the reliance on coal in the U.S. has diminished. This is expected to continue while overall power generation is expected to rise.

“The power mix will increasingly be defined by renewable energy growth and declining coal generation, supported by the Inflation Reduction Act and lowering costs for solar and wind generation technologies,” analysts wrote. “Most states are embracing renewable energy and natural gas in comparison to coal plants, in an effort to become greener and achieve climate goals. Overall, natural gas will continue to dominate much of the US power mix for the next decade, but renewable energy will play an increasingly important role.”

Solar PV capacity is expected to increase by 237 gigawatts (GW) between 2023 and 2030, while wind capacity is projected to grow by 78 GW, Rystad said. The strong growth from these two sources should be sufficient to meet the rising power demand brought by data centers and EVs in the US, while continuing to displace coal in the generation mix.

Southern Co., the second-largest utility in the U.S. by market cap, headquartered in Atlanta, said supplying the demand needed all of America’s future needs is a matter of economic and national security.

Chief Executive Officer Chris Womack told CNBC’s Kimball that nuclear power also has “got to be a big part of this mix.”

“Energy security brings national security, also brings about and supports economic security,” Womack said. “We’ve got to balance and meet the needs of sustainability. But — to ensure that we can continue to have a growing, a thriving economy — we got to get the energy piece right.”

There are some companies that investors can look at to get exposure to this revolution, including one that focuses on renewable sources, another that has created a sustainable battery that could help store all of this energy, and uranium explorers looking to supply future nuclear reactors.

Revolve Renewable Power Corp.

Revolve Renewable Power Corp. (TSXV:REVV; OTCQB:REVVF) was formed 12 years ago to capitalize on the growing global demand for renewable power. It develops utility-scale wind, solar, and battery storage projects in the US, Canada, and Mexico. Its second division, Revolve Renewable Business Solutions, installs and operates sub-20MW “behind the meter” distributed generation (or “DG”) assets.

Management & Insiders: 60%
Retail: 40%
60.0%
40.0%
*Share Structure as of 2/1/2024

 

Its portfolio includes 11 Megawatts (net) of operating assets under long-term power purchase agreements across Canada and Mexico covering wind, solar, battery storage, and hydro generation; a 3 Megawatt (MW) CHP project and a 450 Kilowatt peak (kWp) rooftop solar project that are both under construction and expected to be operational later this year; and a diverse portfolio of utility-scale development projects across the U.S., Canada, and Mexico that have a combined capacity of over 3,000 MWs, as well as a 140 MW+ distributed generation portfolio that is under development.

Revolve has developed and sold over 1,550MW of projects so far. Going forward, Revolve said it is targeting 5,000 MW of utility-scale projects under development and is rapidly growing its portfolio of revenue-generating DG assets in parallel.

The company reported renewable energy generation of 3,877,342 kWh for the three-month period and 4,822,522 kWh for the nine-month period ending March 31, 2024.

During that quarter, Revolve completed the acquisition of WindRiver, a Canadian-based renewable energy operator and developer, enhancing its portfolio with additional hydro and wind projects.

About 60% of the company is owned by insiders and management, Revolve said.

Top shareholders include Joseph O’Farrell with 13.21%, Roger Norwich with 12.15%, the CEO and Director Stephen Dalton with 6.01%, President and Director Omar Bojoquez with 4.82%, and Jonathan Clare with 1.84%, according to Reuters and the company.

The rest is retail.

Revolve has a market cap of CA$22.06 million with 63.04 million shares outstanding and 38.08 million free-floating. It trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.50 and CA$0.20.

BioLargo Inc.

BioLargo Inc. (BLGO:OTCQB) plans to revolutionize the way energy is stored during the transition. It recently announced it has manufactured “liquid sodium” prototype battery cells that are long-lasting and safer than lithium-ion batteries.

Streetwise Ownership Overview*

BioLargo Inc. (BLGO:OTCQB)

Retail: 85%
Insiders & Management: 15%
85%
15%
*Share Structure as of 2/20/2024

BioLargo’s Cellinity™ battery cells have no runaway fires or risk of explosion, don’t decrease in performance over thousands of uses, and store more energy per unit of weight than lithium batteries, the company noted.

The company also said the battery is not self-discharging and does not have outgassing or parasitic load for cooling, and all of the materials in it can be sourced in North America without the need for rare earth elements.

The batteries have a unique chemistry involving molten salt electrolytes that “imparts substantial benefits over lithium-ion chemistry,” the company noted in a release.

“The world needs a reliable, safe, and eco-friendly alternative to lithium batteries, and we believe our Cellinity battery will meet these needs,” BioLargo President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis P. Calvert said.

BioLargo is made up of several subsidiaries that work in different sectors, a “family of products,” including ONM Environmental, BioLargo Engineering, BioLargo Water, BioLargo Energy Technologies, Clyra Medical Technologies, and the new BioLargo Equipment Solutions & Technologies Inc. (BEST) subsidiary.

Technical Analyst Clive Maund said on July 2 BioLargo’s stock “looks better than ever” as a “range of factors strongly suggest that it will now embark on another upleg.”

“Amongst the bullish factors to observe here is the increase in upside volume in recent weeks, with the Accumulation line showing remarkable strength and advancing to new highs, indicating that the stock has continued to be accumulated even as it has corrected back in a downtrend from its February peak,” Maund wrote.

About 14.6% of BioLargo is owned by insiders and management, according to Yahoo Finance. They include Chief Science Officer Kenneth Code with 8.44%, CEO Calvert with 3.32%, and Director Jack Strommen with 1.64%, Reuters reported.

About 0.04% is held by the institution First American Trust, Reuters said.

The rest, about 85%, is retail.

Its market cap is US$80.15 million, with about 296.84 million shares outstanding and about 254.71 million free-floating. It trades in a 52-week range of US$0.45 and US$0.15.

Skyharbour Resources Ltd.

Skyharbour Resources Ltd. (SYH:TSX.V; SYHBF:OTCQX; SC1P:FSE) has an extensive portfolio of uranium exploration projects in Canada’s Athabasca Basin, with 29 projects, 10 of which are drill-ready, covering over 587,000 hectares of mineral claims.

Institutions: 55%
Retail: 40%
Management and Insiders: 5%
55.0%
40.0%
5.0%
*Share Structure as of 4/4/2024

 

On Tuesday, the company announced initial results from more than 3,000 meters of drilling from Phase One of its 2024 winter drilling program at the Russell Lake Uranium Project in the central core of the Eastern Athabasca Basin. Second phase results from more than 2,800 meters of drilling are still pending.

The best intercept of uranium mineralization historically on the property was discovered in hole RSL24-02 during Phase One, which returned a 2.5-meter-wide intercept of 0.721% U3O8 at a relatively shallow depth of 338.1 meters, including 2.99% U3O8 over 0.5 meters at 339.6 meters just above the unconformity in the sandstone, the company said.

This high-grade intercept is a new discovery at the recently identified Fork Target, Skyharbour noted in a release.

“The discovery of multi-percent, high-grade, sandstone-hosted uranium mineralization at a new target is a major breakthrough in the discovery process at Russell — something that hasn’t been seen before at the project with the potential to quickly grow with more drilling,” President and Chief Executive Officer Jordan Trimble said.

In addition to exploring for high-grade uranium deposits, Skyharbour utilizes a prospect generator strategy by bringing in partner companies to advance its secondary assets.

Partner companies include Azincourt Energy Corp. (AAZ:TSX.V; AZURF:OTC), Thunderbird Resources Ltd. (THB:ASX) (formerly Valor Resources Ltd.), Basin Uranium Corp. (NCLR:CSE; BURCF:OTC; 6NP0:FRA), and Medaro Mining Corp. (MEDA:CNX). More recently, two earn-in option agreements have been signed with Tisdale Clean Energy Corp. to option the South Falcon East project, as well as North Shore Uranium Ltd. to option the Falcon project.

Jeff Clark, who just took over Gwen Preston’s The Maven Letter, which has now been christened Paydirt Prospector, said both the management team and the company’s projects themselves are impressive.

“Skyharbour is fully funded, sitting on CA$7M in cash,” he said in a June 26 Streetwise Reports article.

Management, insiders, and close business associates own approximately 5% of the company. According to Reuters, the CEO Trimble owns 1.54%, and Director David Cates owns 0.70%.

Institutional, corporate, and strategic investors own approximately 55% of the company. Denison Mines owns 6.3%, Rio Tinto owns 2.0%, Extract Advisors LLC owns 9%, Alps Advisors Inc. owns 9.91%, Mirae Asset Global Investments (U.S.A) L.L.C. owns 6.29%, Sprott Asset Management L.P. owns 1.5%, and Incrementum AG owns 1.18%, Reuters reported.

There are 182.53 million shares outstanding with 177.73 million free float traded shares, while the company has a market cap of CA$66.62 million and trades in a 52-week range of CA$0.33 and CA$0.64.

Tisdale Clean Energy Corp.

One of Skyharbour’s partner companies is British Columbia-based Tisdale Clean Energy Corp. (TCEC:CSE; TCEFF:OTCQB; T1KC:SE), which is advancing the South Falcon East uranium project just outside the southeast part of Saskatchewan’s Athabasca Basin, as part of an earn-in agreement with Skyharbour.

Retail: 79.46%
Strategic Investors: 15.5%
Management and Insiders: 5.04%
79.5%
15.5%
5.0%
*Share Structure as of 6/20/2024

 

Nearby, big uranium companies are operating, including Cameco Corp. (CCO:TSX; CCJ:NYSE), Denison Mines Corp. (DML:TSX; DNN:NYSE.MKT), NexGen Energy Ltd. (NXE:TSX; NXE:NYSE.MKT), and Rio Tinto Plc (RIO:NYSE; RIO:ASX; RIO:LSE; RTPPF:OTCPK), Technical Analyst Clive Maund highlighted on June 11.*

“They would not be there without good reason, so the chances of [Tisdale] making a significant discovery are high,” wrote Maund.

The 12,234-hectare South Falcon East property encompasses the near-surface Fraser Lakes Zone B deposit. It has a historical Inferred resource of about 7 million pounds of U3O8 at 0.03% and 5.3 million pounds of thorium dioxide at 0.023% within 10,354,926 tons using a U3O8 cutoff grade of 0.01%.

Maund recommended the stock as a Strong Buy for all time horizons. In his report, he explained that though the stock has been declining in price since last spring, it is showing signs, on its one-and-two-year charts, that it is “set to reverse to the upside soon.”

Tisdale provided a breakdown of the company’s ownership and share structure, where CEO Alex Klenman owns 5.04% of the company with 1,591,300 shares.

Planet Ventures Inc. owns approximately 12% of the company, with 3.88 million shares, while Skyharbour Resources owns approximately 3.5%, with 1.11 million.

Tisdale has 31.54 million outstanding shares and 26.6 million free-float traded shares.

Over the past 52 weeks, the company has traded between CA$0.08 and CA$0.40 per share and has a market cap of CA$3.15 million.

North Shore Uranium Ltd.

Another uranium option is another Skyharbour partner, North Shore Uranium Ltd. (NSU:TSX), which is preparing for a follow-up drill program at Falcon and, later, a maiden drill campaign at West Bear, which are both uranium projects in the Athabasca Basin.

Streetwise Ownership Overview*

North Shore Uranium Ltd. (NSU:TSX)

Retail: 55%
Management & Insiders: 45%
55%
45%
*Share Structure as of 5/16/2024

 

“We think we’ve just scratched the surface at Falcon,” President and Chief Executive Officer Brooke Clements said in an interview on RCTV. “More work is clearly warranted on the discoveries we made this winter. We have a lot of untested, high-priority targets that we want to evaluate.”

Both projects, about 90 kilometers (90 km) apart, are at the basin’s eastern margin, an area with much less past exploration than the expanse to the west. Both projects have historical exploration data, now in the hands of North Shore, which complemented it with airborne gravity surveys over each property in 2022. Both projects boast established uranium potential.

Clements said for the 55,000-hectare Falcon project, North Shore completed its maiden drill program earlier this year. It selected the drill targets after analyzing various historical data sets and the results of airborne geophysical surveys done in 2006, 2007, and 2022, said Clements.

Red Cloud Securities Analyst David Talbot described the drill results in a March research report. “In our view, the structures and alteration typical of basement-hosted uranium mineralization [were] identified by this initial drill program,” he wrote. “We see the results as a positive first step.”

Before the next drill program, said Clements, North Shore is analyzing its extensive geophysical and geological database along with data from the drill program and plans to go into the field to investigate some of the priority targets. North Shore also intends to drill the West Bear property in the future.

Among the reasons investors should consider North Shore, Clements said, are its ownership by insiders and founding investors, tight share structure, and attractive valuation.

Insiders and founding investors who are not insiders own approximately 45% of the issued and outstanding shares. Clements himself owns 3.43% or 1.26 million shares, Director Doris Meyer has 2.11% or 0.78 million shares, and Director James Arthur holds 1.45% or 0.53 million shares.

Most of the rest is with retail, as the institutional holdings are minor.

North Shore has 36.81 million outstanding shares.

The company has a market cap of CA$3.31 million at the recent price of CA$0.09 per share. It has traded in the past 52 weeks between CA$0.08 and CA$0.30 per share.

 

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  1. BioLargo Inc., Revolve Renewable Power Corp., Skyharbour Resources Ltd., and Tisdale Clean Energy Corp. are billboard sponsors of Streetwise Reports and pay SWR a monthly sponsorship fee between US$4,000 and US$5,000. In addition, North Shore Uranium Ltd. and Tisdale Clean Energy Corp. have a consulting relationship with an affiliate of Streetwise Reports, and pay a monthly consulting fee between US$8,000 and US$20,000.
  2. As of the date of this article, officers and/or employees of Streetwise Reports LLC (including members of their household) own securities of Azincourt Energy Corp., BioLargo Inc., North Shore Uranium Ltd., Revolve Renewable Power Corp., Cameco Corp., and Tisdale Clean Energy Corp.
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Brent crude oil hits two-month high amid geopolitical tensions

By RoboForex Analytical Department

Brent crude oil prices surged to $86 per barrel on Tuesday, marking the highest level in two months. This rise was driven by escalating geopolitical risks in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, particularly the ongoing confrontation between Israel and Hamas, which shows no sign of abating despite the involvement of international mediators backed by the US.

On the demand side, uncertainties persist. China, the world’s largest oil importer, continues to face significant economic challenges, contributing to the volatile market sentiment. The retail sector in China is under pressure following disappointing results from the mid-year online sales, with Chinese consumers showing reluctance to spend amidst concerns about personal wealth, the ongoing property market crisis, delayed wages, and high youth unemployment. These factors are critical as they jeopardise China’s GDP growth target of around 5% for the year.

Brent technical analysis

On the H4 chart, Brent is currently advancing towards the $86.50 level, which is identified as the immediate target. Once this level is reached, a potential correction to $81.60 may occur, testing from above. Subsequently, the market might initiate a new growth wave aiming for $89.00, with potential to extend up to $94.00. This bullish outlook is supported by the MACD indicator, whose signal line is above zero and climbing steeply.

On the H1 chart, Brent found support at $84.00 and is now progressing through the latter stages of the current growth wave. The market has already achieved the $85.24 mark. We anticipate the formation of a narrow consolidation range around this level, with a breakout above potentially leading to further growth towards $86.50. This scenario is technically reinforced by the Stochastic oscillator, with its signal line poised above 20 and gearing up for an ascent to 80.

Market outlook

Investors should closely monitor developments in geopolitical hotspots and economic indicators from major economies like China and the US, as these could significantly sway oil prices. The current trajectory suggests bullish momentum for Brent crude, but the volatile nature of geopolitical events and economic data releases warrants cautious optimism.

 

Disclaimer

Any forecasts contained herein are based on the author’s particular opinion. This analysis may not be treated as trading advice. RoboForex bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Brent oil has risen in price: reliance on stock market demand has worked

By RoboForex Analytical Department

The commodity market was adjusted moderately on Tuesday morning after the price of Brent crude oil rose by 2% the day before. A barrel of the North Sea variety is at about 84 USD.

The main support factor currently is the improving prospects for global demand. Additionally, there are expectations that global oil producers will restrain supply.

The latest oil market reports from OPEC+, the International Energy Agency and the US Department of Energy suggest a steady increase in energy demand in the second half of 2024.

Yesterday’s surge in Brent’s price was also supported by an increase in the value of the entire range of risky assets. This is due to reduced inflationary pressures in the world’s largest economies. Such signals strengthen the bet on lowering the cost of lending in the coming months.

The proposal is underpinned by the collaborative efforts of key OPEC+ member countries, including Russia and Iraq, which have confirmed their intentions to adhere to the agreed production quotas. Saudi Arabia has also expressed its readiness to adjust production volumes to fully account for market conditions.

Technical analysis of Brent

On the H4 Brent chart, the market has formed a consolidation range above the 81.60 level. Today, the price has moved up from this range, continuing to develop a wave of growth to the level of 86.40. After achieving this level, we anticipate a correction to 81.60. Next, we expect the trend to continue to the level of 89.00. This scenario is technically confirmed by the MACD indicator, with its signal line above the zero mark and directed strictly upwards.

On the H1 Brent chart, the market received support at 81.56 and began the development of the second half of the growth wave. At the moment, the local target at the level of 83.98 is fulfilled. Today, a link of growth to 84.00 is possible. Next, we expect a correction link to the level of 82.76 (test from above), followed by an increase to the level of 86.40. Technically, this scenario is confirmed by the Stochastic oscillator. Its signal line is below the level of 20 and is preparing for the start of growth.

 

Disclaimer

Any forecasts contained herein are based on the author’s particular opinion. This analysis may not be treated as trading advice. RoboForex bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Brent Crude Oil stabilises around 81.50 USD amid demand optimism

By RoboForex Analytical Department

Brent crude oil is holding steady at 81.50 USD per barrel on Tuesday, following a significant surge of over 2.5% the previous day. The price increase was driven by optimistic market expectations about fuel demand this coming summer and news that the US government is seizing the opportunity to replenish its strategic oil reserves at relatively low prices, with a particular focus on oil priced around 79 USD per barrel.

As the US Federal Reserve meeting commences today, market caution is expected. The recent robust employment data for May from the US suggests that the Fed might maintain a tight monetary policy longer than anticipated. This potential shift in policy could dampen US economic growth prospects and impact energy demand, making the Fed’s forthcoming statements highly significant for the oil market.

Additionally, market participants eagerly await the release of the American Petroleum Institute (API) report on crude oil and petroleum product inventories today and the Department of Energy’s similar report on Wednesday. These data releases, along with the monthly market reports from the Energy Information Administration (EIA), OPEC, and the International Energy Agency (IEA) later in the week, could further influence oil price dynamics.

Brent technical analysis

On the H4 chart, Brent has completed the initial wave of growth to 81.79. Currently, a consolidation range is expected to form below this level. Should there be a downward breakout, a correction towards 79.30 could occur, followed by a potential new wave of growth aiming for 83.30. Breaking this level could open the pathway to 87.50, the local target of the upward trend. The MACD indicator supports this bullish scenario, with its signal line below zero but directed sharply upwards.

On the H1 chart, after reaching 81.79, Brent is forming a consolidation range beneath this level. A downward exit could initiate a decline to 80.50, and further breaking this level could extend the correction to 79.30. Upon reaching this level, an upward movement to 81.80 is anticipated, potentially leading to further growth towards 83.30. This scenario is technically supported by the Stochastic oscillator, indicating a potential upward movement, as its signal line is currently poised at 20.

Market outlook

As investors navigate a week packed with significant data releases and central bank meetings, Brent crude prices will likely exhibit volatility. The outcome of the US Federal Reserve’s deliberations will be particularly pivotal, given its potential implications for economic activity and energy demand. Additionally, inventory data and global market reports from major energy agencies will provide further clues about supply and demand trends, which could either support the current price levels or drive further adjustments.

 

Disclaimer

Any forecasts contained herein are based on the author’s particular opinion. This analysis may not be treated as trading advice. RoboForex bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Brent crude oil declines again

By RoboForex Analytical Department

The commodity market, struggling to maintain its upward momentum, frequently slips into sell-offs. On Thursday, the price of Brent crude oil fell to 83.60 USD per barrel.

On Wednesday evening, Brent lost almost 1% of its value due to expectations regarding lending costs. Market discussions revolved around the possibility that the Federal Reserve’s interest rates could remain high for an extended period. This outlook is detrimental to the demand prospects for energy resources.

The yield on US government bonds increased on Wednesday, dragging the USD along and exerting significant pressure on the entire spectrum of commodity assets, including oil. This development raises concerns as commodities become less attractive to investors who pay in US dollars. Market participants speculated on the consequences if the Federal Reserve postpones the beginning of the easing cycle or decides not to lower rates at all this year.

According to the API, fresh statistics showed that crude oil inventories in the US fell by 6.490 million barrels for the week. Gasoline stocks decreased by 0.452 million barrels, while distillate reserves rose by 2.045 million.

With June approaching, concerns grow regarding the upcoming OPEC meeting this Sunday.

Brent technical analysis

On the H4 chart, Brent made its first upward impulse towards 84.66. Today, a corrective wave is developing towards 82.55, with an anticipated formation of a consolidation range above this level. An upward breakout from this range is expected to initiate a new growth wave towards 84.70. Breaking through this level could extend the trend to 86.50, representing a short-term target. Technically, this scenario is confirmed by the MACD indicator. Its signal line is above zero and is pointing strictly upwards.

On the H1 chart, Brent completed a growth impulse structure to 84.66. It is currently correcting to 83.60. A consolidation range has formed below this level. An upward breakout from this range will signal the start of a growth wave towards 85.00 while breaking downwards will open up the potential for a correction to 82.55. After this correction, a new growth wave towards 85.00 could develop. Technically, this scenario is confirmed by the Stochastic oscillator. Its signal line is above the 20 mark. A new growth structure to the 80 mark is expected.

 

Disclaimer

Any forecasts contained herein are based on the author’s particular opinion. This analysis may not be treated as trading advice. RoboForex bears no responsibility for trading results based on trading recommendations and reviews contained herein.

Oil rises amid increasing geopolitical tensions in the Middle East. Inflation is rising in Australia

By JustMarkets

The Dow Jones Index (US30) fell by 0.55% to a two-week low on Tuesday, while the S&P 500 Index (US500) gained 0.03%. The NASDAQ Technology Index (US100) closed positive 0.59%. Minneapolis Fed President Kashkari’s comments were somewhat hawkish for Fed policy and negative for stocks when he said the US economy remains “remarkably resilient” and the Fed should monitor whether inflation is slowing enough to justify an interest rate cut.

This Friday, markets await the PCE deflator data for April, the Fed’s preferred inflation gauge, to see if and when the Fed will start cutting interest rates. The core PCE deflator for April is expected to be unchanged from March at 2.8% y/y.

Nvidia (NVDA) shares are up more than 4%, leading the Nasdaq 100 stock as it continues its rally from last Thursday when the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter earnings and projected better-than-expected second-quarter earnings. Shares of Dell Technologies (DELL) are up over 3%, complementing last Thursday’s and last Friday’s 7% gain after Aletheia Capital Limited initiated coverage on the stock with a “buy” recommendation and a $240 price target. Airbnb (ABNB) shares are up over 2% after Wedbush upgraded their rating to “Outperform” from “Neutral” with a $165 price target.

Equity markets in Europe were mostly down yesterday. Germany’s DAX (DE40) fell by 0.52%, France’s CAC 40 (FR40) closed down 0.92%, Spain’s IBEX 35 (ES35) lost 0.44%, and the UK’s FTSE 100 (UK100) closed negative 0.76%.

ECB Governing Council spokesman Holzmann said he would support an ECB interest rate cut next week but would not automatically support moves after the June rate cut. ECB Governing Council spokesman Knot said the ECB is increasingly confident that consumer price growth will return to 2% next year and may gradually ease its “historically tight” monetary policy.

WTI crude oil prices held above $80 a barrel on Wednesday, near their highest levels in four weeks, amid expectations that OPEC+ countries will extend voluntary production cuts of around 2.2 million barrels daily for the third quarter at a meeting this weekend. Geopolitical concerns in the Middle East also continued to support oil prices as fighting in the Gaza Strip intensified and another ship was attacked in the Red Sea.

Asian markets were mostly up on Monday. Japan’s Nikkei 225 (JP225) was down 0.11% for the day, China’s FTSE China A50 (CHA50) decreased by 0.45%, Hong Kong’s Hang Seng (HK50) was down 0.03% and Australia’s ASX 200 (AU200) was negative 0.28%.

The yuan fell to 7.2487 per dollar as the People’s Bank of China (PBoC) gradually cut its daily discount rate for the managed currency to levels not seen in four months. The PBoC is constantly struggling to find the optimal rate of yuan depreciation to help the economy grow without causing market panic and capital outflows. The Central Bank has held the currency steady for most of the year, but pressure has been building due to rising capital outflows and weak domestic growth.

The Australian dollar stabilized near $0.665 as investors digested stronger-than-expected inflation data. The data showed that Australia’s monthly inflation rate accelerated to 3.6% year-on-year in April from 3.5% in March. This also defeated market expectations of a slowdown to 3.4% and was the highest reading since November. Markets are now betting that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) will keep rates on hold for longer, with a rate cut not fully anticipated until May next year. The latest RBA meeting minutes showed that the board considered raising rates in May but ultimately decided to keep policy steady.

Vietnam’s annual inflation rate rose to 4.44% in May 2024 from 4.4% in the previous month. This is the highest inflation rate since January 2023 as prices rose for food and beverages (4.47% vs. 4.32% in April), transportation (4.58% vs. 4.24%), and culture, entertainment, and tourism (2.01% vs. 1.94%).

S&P 500 (US500) 5,306.04 +1.32 (+0.03%)

Dow Jones (US30) 38,852.86 −216.73 (−0.55%)

DAX (DE40) 18,677.87 −96.84 (−0.52%)

FTSE 100 (UK100) 8,254.18 −63.41 (−0.76%)

USD Index 104.60 0 (0%)

Important events today:
  • – Australia Consumer Price Index (m/m) at 04:30 (GMT+3);
  • – German GfK Consumer Climate (m/m) at 09:00 (GMT+3);
  • – German Consumer Price Index (m/m) at 15:00 (GMT+3);
  • – US FOMC Member Williams Speaks at 20:45 (GMT+3).

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Is Oil Back in Buying Territory?

Source: Clive Maund (5/21/24)

Technical Analyst Clive Maund reviews charts in the oil sector to explain why he believes oil might be in buying back territory.

With the main fundamental drivers for a higher oil price remaining in play, namely continuing strife in the Mid-East with the ongoing risk of flare ups and the growing risk of a dollar collapse, this looks like a good point to buy oil and oil related investments after the corrective phase of the past five weeks or so.

On the 8-month chart for Light Crude we can see how oil ran up in late March and early April following a breakout from a Head-and-Shoulders bottom. Then we saw what looks like a normal post-breakout reaction back to test the support at the top of the pattern with an intermediate base pattern forming in this support this month, within which are a couple of “bull hammers,” which are long-tailed bullish candles, which are more easily seen on shorter-term charts. This correction has more than fully unwound the earlier overbought condition and has put oil in a position to advance anew soon.

Turning now to oil stocks, we see on the 8-month chart for the Amex Oil Index (XOI:INDEXNYSEGIS)  that they had quite a strong runup on the back of the rise in the oil price in March and April, but from early April, we see that this index has reacted back in what looks like a classic bull Flag / Pennant that will lead to renewed advance.

We can see that the duration of this corrective pattern has allowed time for the earlier heavily overbought condition shown by the MACD indicator to fully unwind, thus restoring upside potential, and for its bullishly aligned moving averages to partially catch up, thus creating the conditions for renewed advance. This, therefore, is believed to be a good time to buy selected oil stocks.

A good vehicle for playing renewed advance by the energy sector is the Energy Select Sector SPDR Fund (XLE:NYSEARC), and on its 8-month chart, we see that it has corrected back over the past five weeks or so in sympathy with the sector to arrive at the lower rail of a powerful uptrend channel, which has allowed time for its earlier heavily overbought condition to fully unwind.

This correction is believed to be a bull Flag that will lead soon to another strong upleg, an interpretation that is given added weight by the fact that the Accumulation line has held up very well on the correction and is even on the point of making new highs even though the price has not yet broken out of the Flag. This is very bullish, so XLE is rated as a Strong Buy here.

Whilst XLE is not viewed as especially speculative in this environment, buyers here may want to place a stop some way beneath the lower rail of the channel or to reduce the risk of being shaken out before a big rally, it’s perhaps better to place a stop beneath the support level at approximately $90 – $91.50.

 

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Brent crude oil faces downward pressure amid demand uncertainties

By RoboForex Analytical Department

The price of Brent crude oil is currently experiencing a downturn, trading around 82.55 USD per barrel this Monday. The primary concern affecting the market today is the uncertainty surrounding demand levels, exerting significant pressure on the commodity.

Recent statements from representatives of the US Federal Reserve have led to expectations that interest rates may remain elevated for an extended period. This prospect of sustained high rates is likely to dampen economic growth, which could, in turn, negatively impact fuel demand from American consumers. The likelihood that the Fed will maintain current lending rates throughout the year is considered relatively high.

Additionally, data released on Friday showed a marked decline in US consumer confidence, reinforcing concerns that the economy might be losing its growth momentum. As we approach the summer season, traditionally a peak period for fuel consumption, the latest reports indicate rising stocks of petrol and distillates in the US. However, demand appears lacklustre, contradicting typical seasonal trends.

The next OPEC meeting is scheduled for early June. The group is expected to extend its production quotas into the second half of the year, a decision that could further impact oil price movements.

Brent technical analysis

The Brent H4 chart’s initial growth impulse to 84.24 has been completed, and the subsequent correction wave nearing 82.02 is almost finished. We anticipate the formation of a consolidation range above this level. If the price breaks upwards from this range, a growth to the level of 85.00 is expected, potentially extending to 88.00. This bullish scenario is technically supported by the MACD indicator, whose signal line is below zero but pointing upwards from the lows.

On the H1 chart, after completing the growth structure to 84.24, the market has finalised its correction at 82.02. A consolidation range above this level is expected to form. A breakout upwards from this range could initiate a new growth wave towards 85.00. The Stochastic oscillator corroborates this potential upward movement, with its signal line currently above 20 and aiming towards 80, suggesting a bullish momentum could be building.

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Why US offshore wind energy is struggling – the good, the bad and the opportunity

By Christopher Niezrecki, UMass Lowell 

America’s first large-scale offshore wind farms began sending power
to the Northeast in early 2024, but a wave of wind farm project cancellations and rising costs have left many people with doubts about the industry’s future in the U.S.

Several big hitters, including Ørsted, Equinor, BP and Avangrid, have canceled contracts or sought to renegotiate them in recent months. Pulling out meant the companies faced cancellation penalties ranging from US$16 million to several hundred million dollars per project. It also resulted in Siemens Energy, the world’s largest maker of offshore wind turbines, anticipating financial losses in 2024 of around $2.2 billion.

Altogether, projects that had been canceled by the end of 2023 were expected to total more than 12 gigawatts of power, representing more than half of the capacity in the project pipeline.

So, what happened, and can the U.S. offshore wind industry recover?

A map shows regions with the strongest offshore wind power potential, including off the US and Northern Europe.
Estimates of the mean annual wind speeds in meters per second extending 200 kilometers from shore at a height of 330 feet (100 meters).
ESMAP/The World Bank via Wikimedia, CC BY

I lead UMass Lowell’s Center for Wind Energy Science Technology and Research WindSTAR and Center for Energy Innovation and follow the industry closely. The offshore wind industry’s troubles are complicated, but it’s far from dead in the U.S., and some policy changes may help it find firmer footing.

Long approval process’s cascade of challenges

Getting offshore wind projects permitted and approved in the U.S. takes years and is fraught with uncertainty for developers, more so than in Europe or Asia.

Before a company bids on a U.S. project, the developer must plan the procurement of the entire wind farm, including making reservations to purchase components such as turbines and cables, construction equipment and ships. The bid must also be cost-competitive, so companies have a tendency to bid low and not anticipate unexpected costs, which adds to financial uncertainty and risk.

The winning U.S. bidder then purchases an expensive ocean lease, costing in the hundreds of millions of dollars. But it has no right to build a wind project yet.

A map shows lease areas, from South Carolina to Massachusetts.
Continental shelf areas leased for wind power development along the Atlantic coast.
U.S. Department of the Interior, 2024

Before starting to build, the developer must conduct site assessments to determine what kind of foundations are possible and identify the scale of the project. The developer must consummate an agreement to sell the power it produces, identify a point of interconnection to the power grid, and then prepare a construction and operation plan, which is subject to further environmental review. All of that takes about five years, and it’s only the beginning.

For a project to move forward, developers may need to secure dozens of permits from local, tribal, state, regional and federal agencies. The federal Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, which has jurisdiction over leasing and management of the seabed, must consult with agencies that have regulatory responsibilities over different aspects in the ocean, such as the armed forces, Environmental Protection Agency and National Marine Fisheries Service, as well as groups including commercial and recreational fishing, Indigenous groups, shipping, harbor managers and property owners.

For Vineyard Wind I – which began sending power from five of its 62 planned wind turbines off Martha’s Vineyard in early 2024 – the time from BOEM’s lease auction to getting its first electricity to the grid was about nine years.

Costs can balloon during the regulatory delays

Until recently, these contracts didn’t include any mechanisms to adjust for rising supply costs during the long approval time, adding to the risk for developers.

From the time today’s projects were bid to the time they were approved for construction, the world dealt with the COVID-19 pandemic, inflation, global supply chain problems, increased financing costs and the war in Ukraine. Steep increases in commodity prices, including for steel and copper, as well as in construction and operating costs, made many contracts signed years earlier no longer financially viable.

New and re-bid contracts are now allowing for price adjustments after the environmental approvals have been given, which is making projects more attractive to developers in the U.S. Many of the companies that canceled projects are now rebidding.

The regulatory process is becoming more streamlined, but it still takes about six years, while other countries are building projects at a faster pace and larger scale.

Shipping rules, power connections

Another significant hurdle for offshore wind development in the U.S. involves a century-old law known as the Jones Act.

The Jones Act requires vessels carrying cargo between U.S. points to be U.S.-built, U.S.-operated and U.S.-owned. It was written to boost the shipping industry after World War I. However, there are only three offshore wind turbine installation vessels in the world that are large enough for the turbines proposed for U.S. projects, and none are compliant with the Jones Act.

That means wind turbine components must be transported by smaller barges from U.S. ports and then installed by a foreign installation vessel waiting offshore, which raises the cost and likelihood of delays.

Dominion Energy is building a new ship, the Charybdis, that will comply with the Jones Act. But a typical offshore wind farm needs over 25 different types of vessels – for crew transfers, surveying, environmental monitoring, cable-laying, heavy lifting and many other roles.

The nation also lacks a well-trained workforce for manufacturing, construction and operation of offshore wind farms.

For power to flow from offshore wind farms, the electricity grid also requires significant upgrades. The Department of Energy is working on regional transmission plans, but permitting will undoubtedly be slow.

Lawsuits, disinformation add to the challenges

Numerous lawsuits from advocacy groups that oppose offshore wind projects have further slowed development.

Wealthy homeowners have tried to stop wind farms that might appear in their ocean view. Astroturfing groups that claim to be advocates of the environment, but are actually supported by fossil fuel industry interests, have launched disinformation campaigns.

In 2023, many Republican politicians and conservative groups immediately cast blame for whale deaths off the coast of New York and New Jersey on the offshore wind developers, but the evidence points instead to increased ship traffic collisions and entanglements with fishing gear.

Such disinformation can reduce public support and slow projects’ progress.

Efforts to keep the offshore wind industry going

The Biden administration set a goal to install 30 gigawatts of offshore wind capacity by 2030, but recent estimates indicate that the actual number will be closer to half that.

Despite the challenges, developers have reason to move ahead.

The Inflation Reduction Act provides incentives, including federal tax credits for the development of clean energy projects and for developers that build port facilities in locations that previously relied on fossil fuel industries. Most coastal state governments are also facilitating projects by allowing for a price readjustment after environmental approvals have been given. They view offshore wind as an opportunity for economic growth.

These financial benefits can make building an offshore wind industry more attractive to companies that need market stability and a pipeline of projects to help lower costs – projects that can create jobs and boost economic growth and a cleaner environment.The Conversation

About the Author:

Christopher Niezrecki, Director of the Center for Energy Innovation, UMass Lowell

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Brent crude oil experiences modest uptick amid mixed market signals

By RoboForex Analytical Department

Brent crude oil is seeing a slight increase on Tuesday, priced around $83.57 per barrel. The market remains close to two-month lows, caught between optimism for a peaceful resolution to the Middle East conflict and concerns over crude oil inventories in the United States.

The primary focus in the stock market currently revolves around the ongoing negotiations between Israel and Hamas, facilitated by Egypt. However, these talks have hit an impasse, and there are renewed signs of conflict from both parties. Israel has expressed dissatisfaction, stating that the terms offered do not meet its demands, thereby complicating diplomatic efforts.

Despite these challenges, the ongoing conflict in the Middle East contributes to supporting energy prices due to fears of potential disruptions in raw material supplies. On the demand side, Saudi Arabia has recently increased its oil selling prices to Asian buyers, indicating an expectation of robust demand, particularly during the upcoming summer. This adjustment is often seen when a producer is confident about expanding demand, with Saudi Arabia likely counting on strong consumption from China, the world’s leading oil importer.

Brent technical analysis

On the H4 chart, Brent has achieved the local target of the growth wave at 91.50. The correction towards 82.70 is nearing completion, and we anticipate the formation of a consolidation range above this level. Should the price break upwards from this range, a new wave of growth towards $95.00 could be initiated. This bullish scenario is technically supported by the MACD indicator, which shows the signal line at the lows under the zero mark, indicating potential growth to new highs.

On the H1 chart, the structure of the fifth wave of correction to 82.70 has been formed. A consolidation range has developed above this level, and we expect a growth link to 84.44. Should this level be surpassed, it could open the potential for a growth wave to 85.70, which is the initial target. This technical outlook is corroborated by the Stochastic oscillator, with its signal line above 20 and prepared to ascend to 80.

 

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