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...

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Here's the Next Big Source of Energy Profits

Not long ago, the idea of disconnecting from the electrical grid and opting to live a "self-powered" life was limited to either "survivalists" or the realm of science fiction.

That's beginning to change.

Back in 1973, the English economist E. F. Schumacher published Small Is Beautiful. The idea of the best-seller was to treat economics "as if people mattered." The best way to do that, Schumacher posited, was by bringing the main elements of people's lives closer to where they lived (remember, this was at the peak of the 1973 oil crisis). Basic human needs and well-being should be prized above materialism and the "bigger is better" mentality.

Unfortunately, much of the movement spurred by Schumacher spiraled into a survivalist mentality. This projected an inordinate fear of everything, from nuclear war to a zombie apocalypse. A reliance upon the national energy grid became one of the biggest examples of modern dependence.

However, the advent of solar and wind power applications for homes and individual structures has brought the idea of the localized "microgrid" back into discussion. Still, the approach remained geographically limited and faced the hurdles of large infrastructure expenditures.

But today, following leaps and bounds in technology, these local sources of power are quickly becoming viable options.

And in the process, a range of new investment opportunities are emerging...


Why This Week's Market Overreaction Won't Affect Energy Demand

Some days you just want to crawl back into bed and pull up the covers. Wednesday was certainly one of them.

Greece has until Sunday to be saved from financial oblivion, and the Chinese stock market looks like it has come unglued. On top of these crises, the New York Stock Exchange stopped trading for over three hours Wednesday because of a "technical" glitch.

But none of this will have any effect on energy demand. Here's why...

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Three Ways a Greek Debt Settlement Will Affect the Energy Sector

There are now rising indications that the Greek government and its creditors are going to avert a full-blown financial meltdown…

And this means there are some positive developments coming for the energy sector.

Here's what needs to happen in Greece... and how it could affect an entire industry...


This Natural Gas ETF Will Surge from the Exploding LNG Market

Natural gas prices have rebounded 13.6% over the last month.

As prices keep rising alongside LNG demand, a natural gas ETF is the best way to get in on the long-term profits.

One particular ETF will gain handsomely from U.S. LNG exports, which are about to revolutionize the global natural gas trade...


A Buyout Makes Us Like This Energy Sector Pick Even More

A deal announced last week will see one Private Briefing company buying another – the 13th time one of our recommendations has become a "deal stock."

In this latest transaction, natural gas pipeline company Williams Co. is buying up the portion of subsidiary Williams Partners that it doesn't already own in a $13.8 billion all-stock deal.

This latest deal is part of a new trend in energy, one that will continue to create gains. Here's why...


Natural Gas Futures News: Why Prices Are Down 2.39% Today

Natural gas prices fell today during a month that has seen a huge rally in the energy sector.

The news comes on speculation that the EIA's weekly report may show a supply increase.

But here's why demand will outpace supply in 2015 - and why our favorite stock pick will see huge gains from it...


Why Uranium Prices Are Rising, and How You Can Profit

Currently, uranium prices are creeping upwards after bottoming out mid-year 2014.

If you're an investor who thinks mostly of coal and oil in regards to the energy sector, consider giving uranium a chance.

As a clean, base load power at low cost to billions of people, it's a hard-asset must-have for investors' portfolios.


Here's What Obama's First-Ever Energy Review Missed

The Obama administration just released its inaugural Quadrennial Energy Review (QER).

The aim of the 348-page report, which was ordered by a Presidential Memorandum in January 2014, is to help the U.S. government create a "comprehensive and integrated energy strategy" by identifying the roadblocks to providing affordable and secure energy and energy services for the country.

The QER's concerns mirror those I have considered in Oil Energy Investor and even addressed before the queen's Windsor Energy Consultation last month at Windsor Castle outside London.

And as the severity of the problems outlined in the QER become apparent, there are going to be some very nice opportunities for investors to profit.

However, the report neglected to address a number of key issues that are crucial to understanding the challenges in the energy sector.

Here's my take on what really needs to be fixed...