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West Coast leads U.S. gasoline and diesel fuel prices higher

A review of the cash flow statements for 75 global oil and natural gas companies finds that annual cash flow in 2014 was similar to 2013 and 2012, which is not unexpected given that North Sea Brent crude oil prices in 2014 averaged close to their levels in 2012 and 2013 despite a sharp decline in the last quarter. Combined cash from operations for this group of companies totaled $456 billion and capital expenditures totaled $449 billion (Figure 1). Capital expenditures for the full year decreased compared with 2013, driven by large cuts in planned investment spending in the fourth quarter. Low first-quarter 2015 crude oil prices suggest first-quarter results, which will be released over the next month, will likely show steep declines in cash flow and investment spending for this group of companies.

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CAFO information release ruling appealed

The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) and National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) formally appealed a lower court ruling that allowed the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to publicly release information regarding livestock farms subject to concentrated animal feeding operation (CAFO) regulations.

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