It’s time to get up close and personal with the new decade, as we endeavor to climb back in the saddle for the first full work week of 2020. Sure you stepped into a vortex, like the rest of us—endless meeting requests, looming deadlines, and an overflowing inbox.
On that note, while we know that our weekly Jolt won’t change your life, there is a lot to be said for simplified, meaningful, educational (and even entertaining) content making its way to your inbox.
Now, without further delay, we hope you enjoy this week’s Jolt.
Why So Crude? Crude oil prices rose last week and continued to increase through Monday, trading around $63 a barrel. The market reacted bullishly to news that a U.S. airstrike had killed Qassem Soleimani, the commander of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards’ Quds Force. Many Iranians are calling for revenge, significantly raising tensions in the Middle East as investors await further information. Prices also received support from U.S. inventory data which showed a large drop in crude oil stockpiles. The Baker Hughes oil rig count fell last week, going from 677 to 670 and indicating decreased domestic production.
Not Going Down Without A Fight! The natural gas markets broke down significantly during the trading session on Friday but bounced enough to show signs of life yet again. – FX Empire
Shocking! What causes static electricity? The answer may shock you. – Live Science
Biggest Event In Tech Starts Tomorrow! In 2020, this is what to expect in the world of consumer tech: the best stuff is going to get more powerful. And while the biggest tech companies usually save their best products for their own announcements, you can also expect CES to be a place where smaller players have a better shot at their time in the spotlight. – The Verge
Helping To Fund Research! Each year Marathon Energy team member Lyndsey Quiggle and her husband donate hundreds of dollars in support of The Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund (JDRF)—a cause near and dear to her heart, after losing her father to diabetes 10 years ago—and also seeing close friend’s children battling this same epidemic. To learn more about how JDRF is leading the fight against diabetes click here.
And remember, if you or your company are involved in helping your community, please let us know by emailing us here. After all, Marathon Cares.