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August 16, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – August 2017

Oil investors seem to have grown more positive lately. Oil prices moved to $50 per barrel which suggests things are gradually tightening for the rest of the year. One thing remains unclear though, we don’t know how much farther oil prices can really move. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the oil and gas industry for the month of July 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to July 2017. Recent data shows […]
August 16, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – August 2017

The price of Gold is rising amid Trump – N. Korea concerns, jumping to 8-week highs. After news broke that both Trump and Kim Jong Un are willing to use their nuclear power against each other’s country, gold prices have rallied more than 2% this week. Gold is trading at the highest level in two months, and looking to crack the $1,300 level for the first time since the day after Trump’s election as the US President. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF GOLD MINERS Description: Figure […]
July 10, 2017

Using smart city data to create real-time poetry

Artist Naho Matsuda captures real-time smart city data generated by the city of Manchester to create live poetry displays reflecting on real time happenings around the city. These poems appear at bus stops, shopping centers, and libraries – and you can read them here in real time. If this can be done – just imagine all the possibilities of smart city data capturing.   Technology is moving at an intractable pace. This means huge advances for the quality of human life. VCI helps you change the way we live, sustainably.
June 4, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – June 2017

Over the past two years, the oil and gas industry has seen one of the longest downturns since the 1990s. If we can take any cues from history, we can say that after every oil bust comes a recovery. However, this time the recovery is more of a slow grinding crawl, at best. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the oil and gas industry for the month of May 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the […]
June 4, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – June 2017

Gold barely moved in the month of May, having gone down by half a percentage point. But if we look under the hood, gold has had an active month and it seems to just be getting started. In less than 15 days, the U.S. Fed will reach a decision about raising interest rates and could announce another quarter point increase. As of May 30, 2017, chances of the Fed raising interest rates stood at 88%. Although it is important to mention that during the market sell-off that occurred two weeks […]
April 24, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – April 2017

With prices leveling off and a continued resurgence in American production, oil has been having a tough few days. Oil stockpiles are at historic highs and price predicting analysts are all over the map. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF OIL AND GAS COMPANIES Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the oil and gas industry for the month of April 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to April 2017. Analysts’ predictions range from a 20% decrease from current levels to about $42 […]
April 24, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – April 2017

The price of gold has risen ~12 percent year-to-date, and it looks like the upward trend will continue. Sentiment has turned up in the gold market the last few weeks. Data from the top gold consuming country – India – shows there may indeed be cause for optimism among gold buyers. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF GOLD MINERS Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the gold mining industry for the month of April 2017 (x-axis) and the performance of the 11 months prior to April […]
March 8, 2017

Financial Analysis of Oil and Gas Market – February 2017

Despite the near record increase in U.S. oil inventories last week – an increase of 13.8 million barrels – oil prices traded up in February. The abnormal crude stock increase took inventories close to 80-year record levels at 508 million barrels, and is evidence that should worry oil bulls. However, the oil markets were not deterred. In fact, that has been a defining characteristic of the market in recent weeks – optimism even in the face of some pretty worrying signals about the trajectory of the market. Bubble size represents […]
March 8, 2017

Financial Analysis of Gold Market – February 2017

Gold has been on a bull run since it bottomed at 1,125 last December, one day after the Fed Meeting. Gold made its first run from 1,125 to 1,220, up 95 dollars, then pulled back and made its local bottom at 1,180. The run resumed then and topped at 1,247 on Feb 8th. It closed at 1247.60 on March 1, 2017. Bubble size represents market cap FIGURE 1: PERFORMANCE OF GOLD MINERS Description: Figure 1 highlights the performance of the gold mining industry for the month of February 2017 (x-axis) […]
March 8, 2017

Digital transformation is ultimately about culture

If you as a talented executive find your head spinning with hundreds of options to digitize your operations, here is a pointer. A decade ago, popularized technology innovation migrated from redesigning salt shakers and door handles to tackling the industrial world. Along the way, autonomous vehicles, knowledge hubs and collaboration centers entered our work space and occupied much of our thinking time. That was a decade ago. On the other side of this story is the future made up of artificial intelligence, machine learning with real time information piped from […]