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    Daily Digest 11/19 – Alaskan Homeless Services Face Uncertain Future, The Worst Is Over For Oil Markets

    by Daily Digest

    Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 10:34 AM

 

Economy

The Changing Of The Overlords (Sparky1)

The country that Iran assumed influence over had been shattered by decades of war, military occupation, terrorism, and economic sanctions. Iraq is still struggling with the legacy of years of sectarian bloodshed, the emergence of violent jihadi groups, and widespread corruption unleashed by the U.S. invasion and occupation. In the face of this national tragedy, some citizens express nostalgia for the authoritarian stability of Saddam’s regime. Navigating this chaotic situation is no easy task for any foreign power.

A Spy Complex Revealed (tmn)

Many of the cables describe real-life espionage capers that feel torn from the pages of a spy thriller. Meetings are arranged in dark alleyways and shopping malls or under the cover of a hunting excursion or a birthday party. Informants lurk at the Baghdad airport, snapping pictures of American soldiers and keeping tabs on coalition military flights. Agents drive meandering routes to meetings to evade surveillance. Sources are plied with gifts of pistachios, cologne, and saffron. Iraqi officials, if necessary, are offered bribes. The archive even contains expense reports from intelligence ministry officers in Iraq, including one totaling 87.5 euros spent on gifts for a Kurdish commander.

Pompeo announces reversal of longstanding US policy on Israeli settlements (TS)

The announcement, which breaks with international law and consensus, is the latest in a string of hardline, pro-Israeli moves that are likely to inflame tensions between the Trump administration and Palestinians and widen the divide between the Trump administration and traditional US allies in Europe.

“After carefully studying all sides of the legal debate… the establishment of Israeli civilian settlements in the West Bank is not, per se, inconsistent with international law,” Pompeo said, citing President Ronald Reagan’s 1981 assessment that the settlements were not “inherently illegal.”

Bid by Netanyahu’s rival to form a new Israeli government enters final, fraught stretch (TS)

Gantz has until midnight Wednesday to announce a government, then secure enough support in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, to approve the new configuration.

If not, Israel will enter politically uncharted territory, with even the keenest of political observers saying they have no idea what might happen next — though most are betting it will set Israel on the path to a third national election in less than a year.

10 Lithium Stocks to Buy Despite the Market’s Irrationality (Thomas R.)

Let’s not forget that China has a massive stockpile of lithium. Furthermore, they regard the commodity as “white petroleum,” and are actively seeking to dominate its supply chain. Although opinions vary on this dynamic, in my view, that’s net bullish for lithium stocks due to the tech industry’s ever-rising demand.

Inside Purdue Pharma’s Media Playbook: How It Planted the Opioid “Anti-Story” (jdargis)

“When you scratch the surface of someone who is addicted to painkillers, you usually find a seasoned drug abuser with a previous habit involving pills, alcohol, heroin or cocaine,” Satel wrote. “Contrary to media portrayals, the typical OxyContin addict does not start out as a pain patient who fell unwittingly into a drug habit.”

Homeless services in Alaska face uncertain future as state cuts back (tmn)

In a vast state that dwarfs California in size and where freezing to death is a very real threat, Alaska faces unique challenges in tackling homelessness. In its few cities, more commonplace homelessness problems are exacerbated by the weather and a lack of statewide infrastructure. But with sweeping budget cuts made this summer across the board by Republican Gov. Mike Dunleavy, resources for homeless services have been stretched even thinner. This summer, shelters in Anchorage had to close during the day, putting mothers out on the streets with their children at 8 a.m., with operators having to make the tough decision of who could stay and who had to leave.

Does Trump Have a Bunch of ‘Losers’ to Thank for a Growing Economy? (belmontl)

Despite improvements in wind and photovoltaic devices, and a decline in their manufacturing costs, our use of oil and gas continues to increase, although at a slower rate. Oil and natural gas in the U.S. are roughly half as expensive today as in Europe or Asia, or in the U.S. during the Obama years. Today, as in 1972, it is often as cheap to make things in America as elsewhere, even though our labor is more expensive. Trump’s timing from this perspective was excellent.

The Worst Is Over For Oil Markets (Michael S.)

Take India, for example. The “weak picture for the manufacturing and industrial” sectors of the Indian economy continue, JBC Energy said in a note on Monday, which have hit diesel sales. “The 120,000 b/d (7%) y-o-y contraction was greater than even the demonetization-driven downside from January 2017,” JBC Energy said. “With bitumen sales also low, it appears activity in Indian manufacturing and construction is waning.”

Brazil Amazon deforestation soars to 11-year high under Bolsonaro (Sparky1)

Environmentalists and nongovernmental organizations placed the blame squarely on the government, saying that Bolsonaro’s strong pro-development rhetoric and policies to weaken environmental enforcement are behind the rise in illegal activity.

“The Bolsonaro government is responsible for every inch of forest destroyed. This government today is the worst enemy of the Amazon,” said Marcio Astrini, public policy coordinator for Greenpeace, in a statement.

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    Check the trend in the Basin

    New Lows 60

    COMPANY SYMBOL LOW VOLUME
    ------- ------ ---- ------
    AdvanSix ASIX 20.34 10,373
    Antero Midstream AM 4.74 1,463,777
    Antero Resources AR 1.91 1,207,538
    BP Prudhoe Bay Royalty Tr BPT 6.40 24,808
    Big Lots BIG 18.84 181,796
    Bonanza Creek Energy BCEI 16.60 22,240
    CARBO Ceramics CRR 0.4530 11,791
    CONSOL Coal Resources CCR 8.40 3,074
    Callon Petroleum CPE 3.61 1,701,032
    Ctr Coast Brookfield MLP CEN 5.70 80,584
    Chesapeake Energy CHK 0.5500 16,483,744
    China Green Agriculture CGA 3.19 7,390
    Cooper-Standard Holdings CPS 27.31 29,342
    Cushing Energy Incm Fd SRF 5.63 1,161
    DCP Midstream DCP 20.91 25,733
    Drive Shack Pfd. C DSpC 22.66 1,600
    Duff & Phelps Select MLP DSE 3.31 25,530
    ECA Marcellus Trust I ECT 0.5501 26,479
    EQM Midstream Partners EQM 22.68 57,976
    EQT Corp EQT 8.61 693,440
    Enable Midstream Ptrs ENBL 8.98 66,121
    EnLink Midstream ENLC 4.67 203,338
    Equitrans Midstream ETRN 9.61 361,587
    GEO Group GEO 14.35 186,316
    Gannett GCI 6.25 310,674
    GasLog Partners GLOP 15.28 51,452
    Goldman Sachs MLP Inc Opp GMZ 5.43 83,312
    Highland Gl Allocation Fd HGLB 8.56 16,654
    JMP Group JMP 2.89 30,043
    JMP Group 6.875% Sr. Nts JMPE 23.11 3,000
    Jianpu Technology ADR JT 1.81 27,533
    LAIX ADR LAIX 2.70 52,124
    LSC Communications LKSD 0.4900 25,360
    Liberty Oilfield Services LBRT 7.89 87,950
    MV Oil Trust MVO 4.85 4,095
    Macerich MAC 25.78 482,278
    Modine Manufacturing MOD 6.77 49,735
    Nine Energy Service NINE 4.45 14,385
    Noble Midstream Partners NBLX 20.40 52,816
    Nuveen All Cap Energy MLP JMLP 4.70 8,683
    Pacific Coast Oil Trust ROYT 0.2100 221,590
    Pearson ADR PSO 8.14 63,525
    Permian Basin Royalty Tr PBT 3.66 43,175
    Plains All Amer Pipeline PAA 16.92 271,649
    Plains GP Holdings PAGP 17.10 237,464
    Precision Drilling PDS 0.9942 96,619
    Pyxus International PYX 7.43 50,574
    Quad/Graphics QUAD 3.63 118,405
    RPC RES 3.50 355,243
    RiverNorth/DblLine Rt OPPr 0.0300 16,757
    SandRidge Energy SD 3.32 25,764
    Summit Midstream Partners SMLP 3.69 36,498
    Taubman Ctrs TCO 32.55 87,876
    Templeton Global GIM 5.88 66,176
    Tetra Technologies TTI 1.11 212,215
    Tidewater TDW 13.23 30,368
    Tortoise Energy TYG 17.57 53,366
    U.S. Silica Holdings SLCA 4.38 185,122
    Unit Corp UNT 0.6799 62,885
    Valaris VAL 3.50 1,270,908

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