Wrap – Week Ended 6/13/08


Holdings Watch: Closed positions for the week ended 6/13/08. It was a slow week for closing out positions as most of June options went over board in the last couple of weeks. Look for a little more activity in the coming week as I will be about as far away from my screens and this site as is possible without taking a trip to the ISS in the last week of this month (more on that later).

  • DUG $30 calls sold for $0.70, down 42%
  • DUG $27 calls sold for $2.00, up 18%



Natural Gas Directed Rig Count Creeping Towards Record Highs. Rigs drilling for natural gas in the U.S. hit a record high for 2008 of 1,504 only a stones throw from the August 2007 record pace of 1,523 rigs. I would expect this level to increase by at least 100 by year end. 


Meanwhile Oil Rig Count Remains Elevated And Likely To Go Higher. $120+ oil is definitely having an impact on rig counts which one would surmise might even lead to higher domestic production. 


Coal Hits Another Record High. The high-btu variety, Appalachian coal, is now up 100% on the year. Strange that I have not heard calls for reigning in the COAL speculators who must be behind such a move. Only the OIL speculators seem to catch Congress' impotent ire despite the facts that:

  • The U.S. is the Saudi Arabia of coal, with more than a 230 year supply at current consumption levels (264 billion short tons of estimated recoverable reserves / 2007 production of 1.145 billion short tons),
  • Oil is up 44% YTD, not nearly the doubling coal has seen
  • The average household in the U.S. spent $95.66 per month on electricity in 2006 (the average is either much smaller or much more efficient than mine), either way that is about $1,200 per year on lights and cooling. Half of U.S. generation comes form coal and 2% comes from petroleum so a 100% increase in half of the equation means .... yep, lookout summer and especially next fall as utility rate hike requests accelerate. To round out the generation list for the U.S.:



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5 Responses to “Wrap – Week Ended 6/13/08”

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    zman Says:

    Saudi Arabia to boost output to 9.7 mm bopd to meeting increasing demand. Rumor had been it would go to 10 mm bopd. 9.7 mm bopd equates to a 6% rise in production relative to May levels and is the highest production level in decades for the Kingdom. More on this in tomorrow’s post.

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    Nicky Says:

    Headlines I saw said only a 200kbd increase by the Saudis.

    Other headlines:

    Fire halts production on North Sea Rig.

    Iran rejects enrichment halt. This could start to get more bullish for crude in the days ahead I think….

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    zman Says:

    Afternoon Nicky,

    here’s the one I saw and it does include the previously announced 300,000 bopd.


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    bhr5491 Says:

    Anecdotes in Baton Rouge paper re: Haynesville Shale, up to 40K/acre??


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    irished Says:

    Is the site working? No updates in a while.

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