Article: Oil Industry’s Swagger Takes Knocks From Gas Boom, FT
Article: Walmart’s Online Challenge to Amazon Falters, FT
Article: BP Says Oil Demand to Peak By Late 2030s, FT
Article: Nobody Wants to Let Google Win the War for Maps All Over Again, Bloomberg
Article: The race to map the world for autonomous cars is on—and messy, MIT Technology Review
Article: Crude Calculus: Oil’s Next Move Could Be Higher, Barron’s
- If Venezuela descends further into chaos, then oil production from that country could falter and could push oil prices even higher.
- Venezuela produced 2,072,000 barrels of oil per day in 2017. It was down from 2,373,000 barrels in 2016.
- There could also be oil production outage in Libya and Nigeria due to terrorist attacks. This could further boost oil prices.
- Berkshire Hathaway has amassed a lot of cash, but Warren Buffett does not see any good acquisitions.
- Treasury bills give him some return while protecting his liquidity.
- The insurance company and its founder have fallen out of favor with Chinese rulers.
- Mr. Wu Xiaohui had been detained by Chinese authorities eight months back.
Article: Buffett’s Annual Letter: Berkshire Records $29 Billion Gain From Tax Law, NY Times
- The tax law contributed nearly two-thirds of Berkshire’s $44.9 in net earnings for 2017.
- The company’s book value rose by 23% in 2017 and its stock price rose by 21.9%. The S.&P. 500 climbed by 21.8%.
Article: Black Panther Again Shows its Strength, WSJ
- Box Office take of $108 million for the second week.
- Only the fourth film ever to gross $100 million on the second million.
- Grossed $400 million in the U.S. and $704 million in rest of the world in two weeks.
- This article debunks the notion that a smartphone is required for poor people to have access to services.
- Millions of the poorest people cannot afford a smartphone or even know how to use a feature phone.
- PayGo Energy Markets is delivering gas to homes via an internet-connected canister that meters out small amount of gas for cooking and charges for it.
- World Cover is providing low-cost farm insurance to farmers in rural Africa. It connects with its customers via a handful of people in a village who have a feature phone and have the ability to read. The company uses satellite data to trigger automatic payments to the farmers.
Press Release: Smartphone, IoT, and Connected Car Fueling Rise in LTE Network Traffic, Oracle Corp.,
- Connected cars continue to show strong network traffic momentum 9.4 million messages per second (MPS) and a CAGR of 30%
- Voice Over LTE shows a CAGR of 22% with 62 million MPS
- Africa has the highest CAGR of 63% but currently has one of the lower MPS of 1.8 million (2016 data)
Article: 2018 Energy Roundtable: Don’t Give Up on Oil, Barron’s
- Global demand continues to exceed supply.
- Supply side disruptions are possible in Venezuela or Nigeria.