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Alert: These Energy Stocks Are Most at Risk in the Ukraine Crisis

The Ukraine crisis has taken another turn.

A referendum is now set to take place on Sunday (March 16) to decide if the Crimean peninsula will become part of Russia, and the outcome is hardly in doubt.

The overwhelming majority of the population there is Russian ethnic, speaks Russian, and will almost certainly vote in huge numbers to become part of Russia.

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SolarCity (Nasdaq: SCTY) Stock Strong Despite Earnings Delay

SolarCity Corp. (Nasdaq: SCTY) stock was up more than 2.8% in early trading Tuesday despite the fact that the company delayed its Q4 earnings report for the second time.

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The company announced yesterday (Monday) that it found an accounting error relating to its overhead expenses and now has to restate its 2012 and 2013 financial results. The earnings are expected to be released on March 18.

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The Energy Potential in Ukraine's Troubles

[LONDON] As you read this, Marina and I will be in London for the annual energy consultations at Windsor Castle.

Now, if it seems like I'm spending far too much time traveling these days, you're right. But the truth is our trip to England is just the beginning… more is yet to come.

You see, most of the major new developments are no longer taking place in North America. The global energy sector is intensifying, and its importance has never been more striking than it is right now.

The American unconventional oil and gas revolution has gone global. In fact, that is the prime topic of our discussions at Windsor.

what this crisis will do to the global energy markets...

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Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Among Today's Biggest Losers

First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) stock is down 12% today (Wednesday) after reporting Q4 adjusted earnings of $0.89 per share on revenue of $768 million. Analysts surveyed by FactSet had projected earnings per share (EPS) of $0.98 on revenue of $973 million.

The adjusted earnings added $0.25 per share related to a recent agreement for First Solar to sell its facility in Mesa, Ariz. Generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP) earnings were $0.64 per share, which was down from $1.74 the year before.

Revenue for the full year 2013 was $3.31 billion – down 1.8% from 2012. Analysts at Zacks Investment Research had projected yearly revenue of $3.53 billion.

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LNG

LNG Exporting: Alaska Joins Oil Majors on $54 Billion Project

Thanks to developments in LNG exporting, Alaska may soon return to its energy glory days. And that's good news for investors looking for LNG stocks today.

Alaska's oil production peaked at more than 2 million barrels a day in 1988. That figure dropped to 531,000 barrels a day in 2013. Now projections call for a drop to 312,000 barrels a day within the next 10 years.

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These Top LNG Stocks Trounced the Markets in January 2014

The broader markets had a dismal month of January – the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 5.3% and the S&P 500 dipped 3.6% – but these liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks all boasted strong returns.

The outlook for LNG stocks continues to look bright as well. Increased demand for natural gas in China, the increased supply of shale gas in the United States, and the high number of export facilities awaiting approval for construction in the United States are all bullish signs for LNG investors.

These five LNG stocks vastly outperformed the markets in January and have room to continue upward…

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Stocks to Buy: A Recent Sell-Off Gave Us This "Miracle Material" Bargain

I was one of the first analysts to pronounce this as the "Golden Age of Materials Science."

You know what I'm talking about – all those "Miracle Materials" that are changing our lives: There are the advanced composites that lighten our airliners; the great plastics that increase the "cool factor" of today's cars – while also making them safer and more economical. They include one of earth's more abundant resources, and the new discoveries, such as graphene, that promise to revolutionize biotechnology, computers, and industry.

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Energy Investing

This Is a Clear Path to Profits (Even in Volatile Markets)

It was quickly becoming OPEC's worst nightmare: By the mid-1980s, oil prices had begun to collapse.

What's more, renegade cartel members were selling more oil than their monthly quotas allowed, which merely made a bad situation even worse.

Ordinarily, that was a point when the Saudis usually would step in and cut their own exports.

But by then, the pricing situation had become untenable. Instead, the Saudis embarked on a bold new strategy.

First, they opened up their own spigots and flooded the market with crude. This taught those recalcitrant OPEC members a big lesson about lost revenues.

Second, they also introduced a "netback" pricing strategy that proved to be far more important – both for them and today's energy investors.

This new strategy considered the entire pricing sequence, using refinery margins (the difference in cost between processing and prices on the wholesale level) as a measure of prices upstream and downstream.

Now, 28 years later, the same netback strategy has made a comeback that has handed us a clear path to profits – even during periods of high volatility.

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Why the Keystone XL Crude Oil Pipeline Deal Is Far from Done

Late Friday afternoon, the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline cleared one of its biggest hurdles.

In its Final Environmental Impact Statement, the U.S. Department of State concluded that completing the pipeline's northern leg would not have a major impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.

It just needs to get past these last political hurdles...

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