Peter Epstein: Oil and gas is unique in that it hasn’t budged when so many commodities have fallen precipitously in price. Coking coal prices, for example, are at multiyear lows. The iron ore price has fallen below $100/metric ton. The uranium spot price has fallen to a nine-year low. But oil prices have held in the $90–100/barrel ($90–100/bbl) range on West Texas Intermediate crude for three or four years, steady and strong. Natural gas prices collapsed in 2012 but have come back fairly strong, only recently giving back a bit of the gains. That’s why I like oil and gas. It’s a strong commodity. Even with all this talk about a slowdown in China, which causes lots of commodities to fall, oil and gas sticks in there.
And this is the thing with these pals’ clubs of sellside airheads and promotional BS merchants who take backhanders from companies to get their name to your eyes: All the fun, all the talk, no responsibility whatsoever. Whole Epstein oil thing here.