First, the big three unconventional plays: Bakken, Permian, and Woodford/Ardmore (interestingly, the Eagle Ford has dropped to relatively unattractive due to Exxon's weak current position there, and the persistently high cost of entry.More at the link.
The list of potential targets in the Bakken is relatively short:
Because Eagle Ford is out:
Globally, both Canada and Brazil are relatively unattractive
- no EOG
- no MRO
Globally, deepwater Gulf of Mexico and West Africa are attractive; Anadarko Petroleum matches well here
The other day there was talk that Exxon raised $8 billion in a bond sale to make a purchase, such as BP. I don't know if I posted that but I wrote a reader that I found it unlikely that Exxon would buy BP with its tarnished reputation. However, thinking about it, I'm probably wrong on that. Deepwater Gulf of Mexico -- see above.
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Ice Age Now
The Weather Channel is reporting: Record-Breaking Cold: All-Time March Record Lows Expected Friday Morning.
All-time March record lows are likely to be broken Friday morning as one more shot of bitterly cold air plunges south in the wake of Winter Storm Thor. In addition to monthly record lows, dozens of daily record lows will be threatened into Saturday morning, and some cities could see their coldest temperatures in decades for so late in the season.
The cold snap follows persistent record-breaking cold across much of the Great Lakes and Northeast in February.
This latest round of arctic air is following right behind Winter Storm Thor. The snow cover left behind by Thor may play a role in just how cold temperatures will bottom out in some cities late this week.