NO. 52


Signs of Change in Consumer Government Attitudes on Stocks

Although little of real substance has broken surface as yet, there are nowsigns that the head-in-the-sand attitude thus far exhibited by the main oilconsumer governments with regard to the release of their strategic oil stocks isbeginning to change, in the face of a wild market in which prompt Brent wasgyrating around the $40/B mark most of the past week.

Whatever the actual level of crude oil supplies at...