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The Best Investments in Energy: It's Time to Play These 7 Picks Now

When searching for the best investments in the shale oil boom, it's tempting to look first at the companies doing the exploration and production.

But looking back at a previous boom – the California Gold Rush of 1849 – gives investors a good clue about where prospects might be better.

During the gold rush, many miners ran up into the mountains seeking riches. Few succeeded. But those who opened up shops that sold the picks, shovels, and other mining equipment made a fortune.

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Energy Investing

Oil Forecast: The "Syrian Premium" Is Not Temporary

By an apparent agreement to place its chemical weapons under international control, Syria seems to have dodged an imminent American military attack.

Yet even as the world takes a step back from the brink, three critical questions still remain:

Energy Investing

How to Play Oil Prices Today

Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors appeared on FOX Business this week to discuss the effects of the Syrian crisis on oil prices today.

The first question is whether oil prices will continue to go up, and if they do, for how long? Moors defines the forces involved and predicts the path of future movements in oil prices.

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Best Investments in Energy: It's a Race for Profits in the Utica Shale

Find out how you can invest in this hot spot where energy industry honchos are investing billions of dollars.

Prolific U.S. shale regions have delivered some of the best investments in energy over the past few years – and now there's another state set to join the Frackers' Club.

Ohio finds itself sitting atop the deep Utica Shale formation, a source of unconventionally derived oil and natural gas.

In fact, roughly the entire eastern half of the state lies on top of the formation. According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), that portion holds most of the Utica Shale's oil resources.

The natural gas assessment units – land where the USGS believes there to be energy resources – run farther to the north, south, and east of Ohio, going down into West Virginia and Kentucky, across into Maryland, Pennsylvania, and New York and up across the Canadian border into Ontario and Quebec – much of the immense, ancient Appalachian Basin.

Energy Investing

How to Play the 'Syrian Premium' in Oil Prices

There's an uneasy lull in the Syrian crisis.

Now that the Obama administration has decided to seek Congressional approval for a Syrian strike, we are in a hazy period before some major decisions are made.

And while a Senate committee has approved a military move against Syria, further action will be slow to come. Congress is officially on recess until Monday.

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Energy Investing

The U.S. Navy Loves This Micro Cap

As a concept, tidal power seems straightforward enough:

The ocean moves continuously without incurring any problematic conditions like lack of wind or sun, as is the case in the best-known renewable energy sources. With a constant source of motion, all that's needed to generate power is a drive shaft connected to a dynamo.

Energy Investing

How to Find the Best Investments in Shale Oil

With the shocking potential of the shale oil boom finally starting to sink in, the only real challenge left is finding the best investments in this exciting slice of the energy industry.

Let's start the hunt by looking at where oil production is accelerating the most.

Energy Investing

After 40 Years, a New Dawn for America

After 40 years of empty promises, the prospect of U.S. energy independence has finally become a real part of the national conversation.

In fact, if current production trends continue, the United States will overtake Saudi Arabia and Russia as the world's largest oil producer in 2017, according to both the U.S. Energy Information Administration and the International Energy Agency.

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These Fracking Trucks Reveal Energy's Most Underreported Boom

Now that the rig market for oil and gas projects is heating up again, it's time to invest where energy's big-money cycle actually begins.

After all, without a rig, a well is nothing more than a dot on a map.

That's why the oil field service (OFS) business always improves before the fortunes of field production companies.

But there's an even earlier link in this profit chain…

Energy Investing

For the Best Natural Gas Stocks, Look Deep in the Heart of Texas

To pick the best natural gas stocks to play the natgas price rise, you need to look not just at company fundamentals, but one crucial factor: Where these companies' assets lie…

That's because companies with assets in Texas are booming, and will deliver some of the best gains ever seen by energy investors.

Texas is the historical center of the U.S. energy industry. Today it's a major producer of natural gas.

Joel D. Moxley, president of the Gas Processors Association, told the Houston Business Journal, "Booming is the only way to describe the natural gas industry in Texas."

Texas holds about 23% of the U.S. natural gas reserves and accounts for approximately 30% of current U.S. output.

Its present output is roughly 19.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day. That means if ranked globally, Texas would rank third for natural gas production – behind Russia and the other 49 U.S. states.

One main area of focus for natural gas in the Lone Star state is the Eagle Ford Shale Formation. Production there nearly tripled between 2009 and 2012.

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