Oil Company Earnings to Watch This Week: XOM, CVX, BP, RDS.A

Crude oil prices just had their worst quarter of 2015. WTI oil fell 25% in the third quarter, while Brent oil dropped 25.4%.

That means this upcoming round of oil company earnings could be the most dismal yet.

Here are the four biggest earnings reports to focus on this week...

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Piedmont (NYSE: PNY) Stock Price Soars 38% After Duke Energy Merger

The PNY stock price surged 38.7% today after the company was acquired by Duke Energy.

According to Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, M&A will continue to wash over the energy market.

In fact, this merger is just the latest in a string of huge deals Moors saw coming...


Why We Need to Rethink Energy Parity

Energy "parity" has become quite the buzzword among energy analysts. As crude oil continues to hover around $45 a barrel, more interest is being shown in determining the net effective value of other energy sources.

But is there any real way to expand this notion of parity to identify incremental values between energy types? I'm on the verge of creating a new yardstick to do just this.

And for investors, this new way of comparing energy will make a world of difference...


Why General Electric (NYSE: GE) Stock Hit a 7-Year High Today

General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) stock rose nearly 3% to a 52-week high of $28.99 Friday morning after posting better than expected earnings.

The rise has General Electric (NYSE: GE) stock trading at its best level in seven years.

Here's how to invest in General Electric stock now...


How the OPEC and Russia Meeting Will Affect Oil Prices

On Oct. 3, Russian Minister of Energy Alexander Novak announced his country is ready to meet with OPEC to discuss the crash in oil prices. Reuters reports the OPEC and Russia meeting is set to occur at the end of October. According to Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, this is a critical development for […]

That's because OPEC and Russia haven't played nice recently...


Oil Prices Today Could See Biggest Weekly Rise Since 2009

Oil prices today (Friday) moved higher on yesterday's FOMC minutes and the ongoing Syrian conflict.

Today's rise puts prices on track for the biggest weekly gain in more than six years.

Here's everything you need to know about where prices are moving today...


Will Energy Efficiency Become a New Investment Class?

Over the past two weeks, word has emerged that moves toward energy efficiency are now the new darlings of European investment houses.

So what's holding the banks back from piling in en masse? The problem hardly seems to be raising the funds. Rather, the stumbling block is on the other end of the pipeline.

Here's what's holding back investments... how this barrier can be demolished... and how this development will affect everyday investors...


What OPEC's New Romance with Russia Means for Oil Prices

Low oil prices have brought OPEC and Russia to the brink of partnership, but don't expect this new closeness to radically raise oil prices. Here's what the real impact will be.

OPEC's decision to protect market share over price has even hit American producers, with their huge, expensive-to-extract new reserves of shale and tight oil.

This is an important development. It means that for the first time in nearly 11 months, geopolitics is likely to give support to higher crude - meaning oil prices get a new push.


Next House Speaker Could Be Good News for U.S. Energy Policy

Kevin McCarthy, California Republican and current Majority Leader in the House, recently announced his candidacy for the speaker's chair, which will become vacant at the end of October following John Boehner's resignation.

McCarthy has expressed several specific energy policy recommendations. In fact, three of them mirror positions I've discussed on several occasions.

Here's how my positions and McCarthy's policies match up ...


Chesapeake Energy Stock Price Up Today After New Layoff Report (NYSE: CHK)

The Chesapeake Energy stock price climbed 3% to $7 today after the energy producer announced it will slash its workforce by 15% amid falling natural gas and crude oil prices.

However, shares remain down more than 65% year to date.

Here's why the Chesapeake Energy stock price could fall even further from here...