The Middle East’s oil superpowers are butting heads. Saudi Arabia has escalated a bitter feud by accusing Iran of an “act of war” following a rebel missile attack on Riyadh. The stakes are high for both protagonists but their belligerence has its limitations. Neither side can afford their OPEC pact to be broken by conflict. Brent has touched fresh two-year highs this week pushing close to $65/b on Tuesday after the attempted strike by Yemeni insurgents was intercepted over the weekend.
Choking back the flow of crude to boost prices was an easy decision for OPEC and Russia to make last year when inaction would have almost certainly led to economic oblivion. After Brent closed Friday above $60/b—its highest level in two years—deciding how and when to reopen their spigots without causing the oil market’s equivalent of a taper tantrum looks much harder to achieve. The stakes couldn’t be higher for the 14 countries in OPEC and their 10 oily allies led by Russia.
It has been a tough couple of weeks for Saudi Aramco. Recent anonymously sourced reports of the company’s planned initial public offering have painted a chaotic picture of delay and indecision behind the scenes. But a closer analysis of the facts show the plan to raise $100 billion from the sale of a 5% stake in the world’s largest oil company by the end of 2018 remains firmly on track for now. And why wouldn’t it be?
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".