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The Energy "Crisis Curve" Is Accelerating in a Dangerous Part of the World

Sitting in a new land of plenty, Americans rarely notice disturbing energy trends elsewhere in the world.

But in the course of my global work, it's impossible not to recognize there are serious energy shortages developing in other parts of the world.

In fact, I'm beginning to see worrisome indications this energy "crisis curve" is now accelerating.

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Energy Investing

This Texas Play Has All the Components of a Massive Energy Investing Winner

Marina and I returned home from Houston late Wednesday night. After trips to London and Mexico City, we were tired to say the least… but also very excited.

That's because our latest trip allowed us to spend several days visiting the initial drilling sites for Money Map Project #1 in South and East Texas.

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Energy Investing

The Government Foil to Energy Independence (and Profit)

As the rush to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) gathers steam, the Energy Advantage portfolio is primed for even bigger gains.

Make no mistake, LNG exports are now set to hand us one of the best investment opportunities of the decade.

That's a stunning reversal from just seven years ago, when everyone agreed the United States would be using LNG imports to meet 15% of its gas needs by 2020.

However, the unconventional shale boom (shale, tight, and coal bed methane) has changed everything we used to think about natural gas.

Now, even the most conservative Russian estimates acknowledge that the U.S. could be providing between 6% and 8% of all LNG exports worldwide by 2020.

In fact, Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) has already garnered no fewer than five huge, multi-billion dollar, 20-year contracts with some of the largest European and Asian importers.

But new developments have suddenly thrown up another hurdle that threatens to delay all of this economic promise.

Here's the countermove that's brewing in Washington, D.C…

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Hot Stocks

Why First Solar (Nasdaq: FSLR) Stock Is Up 21% Today, and Where It's Headed Now

Shares of First Solar Inc. (Nasdaq: FSLR) are up more than 17% today (Wednesday) after the company released its guidance figures for 2014, 2015, and 2016 at its annual "Analyst Day" meeting.

Nasdaq: FSLRFirst Solar expects full-year revenue in 2014 between $3.7 billion and $4 billion, and earnings per share (EPS) between $2.20 and $2.60. This time last year, the company had projected EPS between $2.50 and $4 for 2014.

For 2015, the company expects revenue between $3.8 billion and $4.3 billion, which is on the low end of analysts' estimates of $4.24 billion. FSLR projects 2015 EPS between $4.50 and $4.60, which is above the consensus estimate of $3.82.

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Top News

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) Will Spin Off Oilfield Services Business

Chesapeake Energy Corp. (NYSE: CHK) has taken the first steps to spin off its oilfield services unit.

The second largest U.S. natural gas producer, behind only behemoth Exxon Mobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM), reported Monday it has filed paperwork with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission for the possible separation. The company also confirmed Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) has been retained to evaluate strategic options for the business, Chesapeake Oilfield Operating LLC (COS).

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Energy Investing

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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