Energy takeover is a clear sign of the metals-to-energy shift

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Freeport-McMoran announced a $6.9B takeover of Plains Exploration, an oil company.

Both companies are based in the US, so there are no direct FX implications but an copper/gold mining giant investing its free cash flow in the oil industry is telling.

It bodes well for takeovers/investment in Canada’s oil industry and the US bakken fields. It’s also another sign that the Australian mining boom is over.

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  1. I am building AUD Shorts and was scratching head since yesterday about the behavior of A/U after the rate cut. However, this explanation makes sense…
    [QUOTE]The Aussie rose after the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) lowered interest rates to 3.00% as widely expected. The central bank did not give forward guidance on future rate cuts, leading some market commentators to conclude that this may
    be the last rate cut in awhile[UNQUOTE]

  2. On a different tack, I would assume that mining companies spend a fair bit on fuel to run their plants and machinery. Maybe getting in at source level is a way to reduce costs as well a the potential new revenue stream.

  3. That’s a bit fanciful HMR. Plains has 292 million barrels of reserves. A company could never use that much fuel.

  4. I meant that a by-product of buying an oil company is a possible reduction in fuel costs for your core business.


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