Archive for July, 2009

Trans-Caspian Pipeline Politics

Via The Oil and Glory, an interesting look at the continued “pipeline politics” surrounding the Nabucco project and the entire trans-Caspian region.  As the article notes: “…On one hand, Turkmenistan is in the catbird seat. Exxon, Chevron, BP and ConocoPhillips are salivating over the country’s onshore natural gas fields, in particular South Yolotan-Osman, the fifth-largest […]

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Russia and Cuba: Plans To Cooperate On Offshore Oil Exploration

Via The Financial Times, a report that Russia and Cuba have signed contracts that ”set the bases” for Russian oil company Zarubezhneft to search for oil in Cuba’s part of the Gulf of Mexico.  As the article notes: “…In its online edition, Communist Party newspaper Granma said four oil-related contracts had been signed during a […]

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Chinese Marketers Look Overseas

Via Advertising Age (subscription required), a detailed look at how internationally-minded Chinese companies are trying to build brands and retail operations overseas, such as Li Ning (who hopes its Italian sportswear brand will appeal to hip teens), Chery, Haier, and Lenovo.  As the article notes: “…The global recession has turned cash-hungry western companies into takeover […]

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Failed States: Potential Investment Opportunities?

Courtesy of Foreign Policy, their annual Failed States Index which looks at the world’s most fragile countries suffering from virulent economic crisis, countless natural disasters, and government collapse.   As the article notes: “…Yemen may not yet be front-page news, but it’s being watched intently these days in capitals worldwide. A perfect storm of state failure […]

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Impact Of Political Turmoil On Iran’s Natural Gas Sector

Via Energy Daily, a report on the impact that the continuing political turmoil sweeping Iran will have upon its pressing need to develop its natural gas sector, which is widely perceived as the country’s answer to its worsening economic problems.  As the article notes: “…Iran, whose oil is declining and whose energy industry is so […]

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Indonesia’s Energy Sector: Great Potential With Reform

Via Stratfor (subscription required), a detailed analysis of Indonesia’s transition from being a major oil exporter to leaving the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries to seeing its natural gas prospects expand.  As the article notes, the question now is whether the government — which received a strong mandate in recent elections — will be able […]

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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.