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  • Halt to Concessions - WA#03
    Halt to Concessions - WA#03

    Large Scale Mining

  • In the first three quarters of 2017, foreign investment in oil and mines was a mere $69 mn, lowest in the decade and down -69% y-o-y. (WA#03)

  • The price of Ecuadoran crude rose in $3.7/b in October to $50.4/b. The price markdown from WTI shrank to -$1.1/b. Based on the assumed prices for PetroEcuador and the reduction in the price differential it is to expect that Ecuadoran crudes averaged about $53.4/b in November and would average $55.6/b in December. (WA#02)

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