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March 10, 2010 09:12 ET

Current Trends in the Oil Industry Affects Business -- Creating Interesting Developments

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA--(Marketwire - March 10, 2010) -

In December of 2009, crude oil price movement could easily be distinguished by two quasi conflicting drift. The OPEC Reference Basket made a ricochet recovery backed by the optimistic economic outlook and extreme weather conditions in the Americas, Europe and colder parts of Asia. This followed a two-month plunge in crude oil price. "The risky fixation with a sudden spike in oil prices is that it often begets speculative activity within the market. We have seen this a few years back when oil prices were driven to mad levels. There was really nothing of economic value or otherwise that could have brought such an explosive surge then but speculators could not be troubled. We have seen a very similar trend last December even if it was at a reduced scale," Mathew Collier of commented, "With global oil demand estimated to grow by 0.8mb/d this year we are sure to see more of these speculators poaching on green territories." 

A recent study by foremost research firm highlights two companies of interest in the basic materials sector, BHP Billiton Ltd. (NYSE: BHP) and RTI International Metals Inc. (NYSE: RTI).

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Even if oil price fluctuations influence most sectors and industries including the Industrial Metals & Minerals a recent decline in some commodities prices has triggered a selling spree in Australian resources stocks after a string of recent gains.

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BHP Billiton Limited is a diversified natural resources company in Australia, the Americas, and southern Africa. The company explores for and produces crude petroleum oil and liquefied natural gas, minerals, and metals. The company supplies these raw materials to interested industries such as steel industries, and many more.

RTI International Metals, Inc. manufactures and supplies titanium mill products in the United States and exports their products internationally as well. It has three operational segments: Titanium Group, Fabrication Group, and Distribution Group. They primarily produce complex engineered parts and assemblies, as well as various other industrial and consumer markets, to say the least. The company also provides engineered, machined components, and systems for deepwater oil and gas exploration and production infrastructure.

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