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Parsley Energy builds on its Permian position Aug 2016

Parsley Energy builds on its Permian position

The Permian continues to steal the spotlight, garnering more M&A deal activity than any other area within the US Lower 48. Very few deals in recent years have centred around Glasscock County, but there have been three deals in Q3 2016 alone — the latest being Parsley Energy's acquisition of 9,000-plus undeveloped net acres. Our analysts examine the deal in this week's report, and discuss the Permian's broader M&A activity in our Crude for Thought podcast.

Will there be a shortage of US coal in 2017? Aug 2016

Will there be a shortage of US coal in 2017?

Even as summer heat is bolstering air conditioning load and, consequently, power and coal demand, high coal stockpiles are muting the upside for coal prices. With coal prices subdued and gas prices climbing, coal producers may miss the proper price signals to increase supply to match higher levels of demand. As a result, coal shortages are possible, perhaps even likely next year.