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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...


How Do Carl Icahn Holdings Compare to Other Activist Investors?

Carl Icahn's net worth of $20.8 billion. He ranks 20th on Forbes' list of the richest billionaires in the United States.

But how do Carl Icahn holdings stack up against those of other big-name investors?

This chart shows how much the top five activist investors are betting in different market sectors...


Why Pundits Are Wrong When They Tell You Energy Investing Is Dead

To hear some tell it, energy investments are a disastrous move, given the volatile global economy and low oil prices.

But they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, there's more than $1 trillion up for grabs in the energy investing sector. This might well be the best time to invest, even if prices go lower from here.

This is what you need to know before everybody else wakes up...

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2015 Top Stock Picks: ALJ Up 12.8% Amid Sell-Off

The Dow Jones Industrial Average this week fell 1.5%, and with this slight dip in the broader markets, our 2015 top stock picks also took a hit.

But one company had a great week. Alon USA Energy Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) stock was up 12.8% amid this broader market sell-off.

What's behind this surge in the ALJ stock price? Here's our look...


What You Need to Know About Plug Power (Nasdaq: PLUG) Stock After Earnings

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) came into earnings season with a chip on its shoulder.

The hydrogen fuel cell vendor has been all but cast aside by Wall Street after a hype-driven run took PLUG stock up 560% to begin 2014, only for it to crash on the words of a short-selling firm.

How can PLUG stock ever get the Wall Street bulls back on board again?

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Why the Energy Sector's Perfect Storm Is About to Blow Over

There is a "perfect storm" brewing in the energy sector, only in the minds of those who created it.

And as storms go, this one has certainly attracted attention. The ongoing concern over supply gluts both in the United States and abroad has combined with a Chinese stock collapse to drive down the price of oil.

Here's our take on why this nasty weather won't be around for long...