Archive for November, 2007

Turkmenistan: Balancing China, Russia, and Europe

As cogently analyzed by Stratfor (subscription required), Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimukhammedov’s recent announcement that a pipeline supplying Russia with natural gas from Turkmenistan would be upgraded may just be another effort by the Turkmen leader to string Russia along — for as long as he can — until a better option, most likely China, comes […]

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OAO Gazprom’s Unexpected Dow(ry)?

Via Todd Sullivan’s Value Plays, an interesting review of a recent MOU signed between Russian natural gas monopoly OAO Gazprom and Dow Chemical outlining potential cooperation on refining gas from Russia’s Yamalo-Nemets autonomous district and the possibility of creating a joint venture based on Dow’s new petrochemical facilities in Germany.  While I am not sure […]

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Iran’s Planned Nabucco Pipeline

From Der Spiegel, an interesting look at Iran’s desires to use its massive gas reserves and construction of its planned Nabucco pipeline to wield influence over Europe.  As the article notes: “Iran is planning to leverage its massive gas reserves to increase its influence in Western Europe — by fair means or foul. If selling […]

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France: Banking on North Africa

As recently reported in the Wall Street Journal, France has followed China’s lead as a nation looking at banking opportunities in Africa. As the article notes: “…The top three French banks by market value- BNP Paribas SA, Société Générale and Crédit Agricole SA-are already active in most of the region. Additional acquisitions in countries such […]

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Frontier Markets: An Index for Investment Success?

From The Financial Times, an interesting look at the S&P Select Frontier Index which consists of 30 of the largest and most liquid companies in markets excluded from the more mainstream S&P/IFCI Emerging Markets Index, primarily from smaller emerging markets such as Bahrain, Croatia, Jordan and Vietnam, plus some from more unexpected markets, such as […]

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The Not-So-Empty Quarter

From Energy Daily, news that Saudi Arabia is upgrading the Shaybah oil production facility in the country’s barren southeastern Rub’ al Khali desert, as part of an agenda to bolster its already dominant role supplying more oil to the world than any other country.  As the article notes:  “…barrel for barrel, there’s more oil below […]

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Wildcats & Black Sheep is a personal interest blog dedicated to the identification and evaluation of maverick investment opportunities arising in frontier - and, what some may consider to be, “rogue” or “black sheep” - markets around the world.

Focusing primarily on The New Seven Sisters - the largely state owned petroleum companies from the emerging world that have become key players in the oil & gas industry as identified by Carola Hoyos, Chief Energy Correspondent for The Financial Times - but spanning other nascent opportunities around the globe that may hold potential in the years ahead, Wildcats & Black Sheep is a place for the adventurous to contemplate & evaluate the emerging markets of tomorrow.