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Late September/Early October 2015 SEE Monthly Update -
Whale Watch: Dividend Hunting at Integrated Internationals

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While attention is focused on each oil price change, major factors affecting oil and gas oversupply (and lessened demand in the case of oil) likely won't vary much in the next few months. Moreover, the lower-demand season for oil has begun. As fellow investors reminded me, it's now worth taking a look at stable, dividend-paying stocks.

The oil industry has cut an estimated 200,000 jobs since the downturn began less than a year ago. From the capital side, Wood Mackenzie estimates that up to $1.5 trillion of planned oil and gas spending on conventional and North American shale oil projects will be delayed if prices stay below $50 per barrel. In its 9/23/2015 issue of This Week in Petroleum, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) provides a chart showing a close correlation between oil prices and investment in oil and gas extraction:

Investment and Oil Prices

The EIA estimates October 2015 U.S. shale oil production will be down 80,000 barrels per day (BPD) out of 5,286,000 BPD, or 1.5%. Note that total U.S. oil production was 9.3 million BPD at the end of June, down from a high of 9.6 million BPD in April. To paraphrase a saying, the market will eventually turn higher but some companies will run out of cash waiting for the upturn.

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13 Days: The Pythagoras Consipracy

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