Latest Intelligence on Downstream Energy in United States

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Anadarko/Apache: slipping up on oil

The country's two largest independent oil producers are suffering from lower commodity prices and overcapacity. However, the cyclical nature of the upstream oil market means that their long-term future should still be positive. Their best bet for now is to hold tight and plan for a better future, investing in new reserves that will not come online for a few years.

Published By Datamonitor
01 Feb 2002
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ConocoPhillips: not so Mobil anymore

Russia's Lukoil and US-based Sunoco [SUN] have bought a total of 1,180 Mobil-branded gasoline stations on the US eastern seaboard, paying in excess of $450 million between them. The deal will enable the two buyers to increase their presence in the downstream sector, while allowing ConocoPhillips to focus on its core brands.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Jan 2004
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Contactless payment: Europe's forecourts are playing catch-up

In Malaysia and the US, credit card usage is high and, as a result, new payment technologies are flourishing. Advancements such as contactless payment have both positive and negative implications for the forecourt retailer. However, given the slow adoption of credit cards in some markets, it will be several years before Europe follows suit.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Nov 2005
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Continuing increases of US ethanol exports to the EU will fuel further tension

US corn-based ethanol production has dramatically increased recently, and at times the commodity trades at lower prices than petrol. As US demand is capped due to blending restrictions, the surplus is exported. European ethanol producers are bound to call for investigations into import tariffs if the current US blenders' tax credit is extended.

Published By Datamonitor
07 Dec 2010
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Electric cars: still a long way off the mainstream despite new initiatives

A US company is to start a new business that will enable electric car users to swap their empty batteries for recharged cells at refueling sites. However, although this represents a significant step forward in the deployment of the vehicles, there are still a number of drawbacks to the current models that make it unlikely that a wider refueling network will bring electric cars into the mainstream.

Published By Datamonitor
12 Dec 2007
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McDonald's: greasing the wheels of ethical practices

By deciding to convert its UK delivery vehicles to biofuel, McDonald's has become the latest consumer giant to commit to greener business practices. The retailer no doubt expects the move will help boost its corporate image, which has taken several knocks in recent years. However, it may not improve its image overnight, given its poor ethical track record.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Jul 2007
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New drinks review: El Paso launches quick fix cocktail mix

A range of novel drinks packagings have been noted by Productscan Online this month, which are designed to improve the taste of the product and its ability to stand out from the crowd. These include Coors' new beer can and Hain's Smoothies with a 4-way turbo straw. Some unusual dairy products have also recently been launched, from milk made from Kamut wheat, to a cucumber-flavored cow's milk.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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New food review: watermelons shaping up to provide a refreshing alternative

Some unusual fruit products have been noted by Productscan this month, such as carbon dioxide injected fresh fruit, square watermelons and sausages filled with goji berries, a so-called super-fruit. The release of these products highlights the growing consumer interest in healthier food options, with manufacturers seeking innovative ways to present their offerings to appeal to this growing trend.

Published By Datamonitor
11 Oct 2006
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Obama takes on domestic oil and gas industry

In his 2011 budget proposals to Congress, President Obama has called for the elimination of decades-old tax subsidies to the domestic oil and gas industry. If successful, Obama's tax changes will save the government an estimated $36.5 billion over the next 10 years, freeing up funds to be reallocated towards green and energy-efficient technologies.

Published By Datamonitor
30 Apr 2010
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Sustained growth in biofuels rests on government policy support

After a period of slowdown due to the global recession and high feedstock costs, the biofuels market is now showing signs of recovery. However, in key markets, energy companies such as Petrobras, BP, and Shell are still fighting to recover their losses and attract new investments. Government policies are expected to be instrumental in ushering in the next phase of growth in the biofuels industry.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Nov 2010

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