Spanning Canada and the United States, North America is home to a plethora of major industry players, including Exxon Mobil Corp, the world's second-largest publicly traded company after Royal Dutch Shell. The region's oil and natural gas industry is focused on developing oil sands, deepwater gulf prospects and increasingly profitable shale deposits stretching across the continent. One of the premier sweet spots for deepwater exploration, the Gulf of Mexico is the largest body of water indenting the U.S. continental coastline, and its subsea developments continue to spark both national and international interest.
Energy or Commodity Trading is the buying and selling of goods, rather than traditional stocks. In oil and gas, these commodities include crude oil, gasoline, heating oil and natural gas. The Energy Trader will take a position on future markets, and buy and sell energy contracts based on forecasted economic trends. The commodity trader will deal predominantly in contracts, moving them on before they mature, meaning actual delivery of the commodity is a rare occurrence.