Chris Swann is a Reuters Breakingviews columnist, based in New York. He writes about hedge funds, commodities and asset management. He joined from Bloomberg News, where he covered global poverty issues and the International Monetary Fund. From 1997 to 2006 Chris was a reporter at the Financial Times in a variety of roles including currency correspondent, economics reporter and columnist on Lex. He has a first-class degree in History from Oxford University, and has also studied piano performance at the University of Michigan and International Relations at Cambridge.
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The 20 pct slide in the gas giant’s shares during the Kiev-Moscow spat looks like an overreaction. Gazprom has become less reliant on Ukraine as a transit point. Its valuation reflects its status as a Kremlin tool. A chillier investment climate in Russia is a bigger threat.
Energy bosses at an industry shindig in Houston this week agreed that a doubling of labor and equipment prices over the past decade is their biggest headwind. Meanwhile, on recent form, they’ve struggled to keep production flowing. Cutting costs is likely to dent future output.
The industry’s grandees are gathered for their annual confab in Houston, celebrating shale and lamenting higher costs. Amid the hoopla, Chevron CEO John Watson said renewable policies hurt the poor while BHP boss Andrew Mackenzie claimed oil can help them. That’s all a bit rich.
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