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What Investors Need to Know About Solar and Renewables in 2016

Alternative energy, led by solar, is here to stay. We've reached a tipping point all over the world.
There's now a confluence of technology and economy that assures these new energy sources will continue to be adopted and improved upon – at ever-increasing rates, too.

Crude oil will continue to play a big role in the balance of the energy markets, but this year we'll see alternatives take an outsize position in the sector.

The profits will be just as big, too...


Time to Profit from This Fast-Growing Power Source

Worldwide growth in the offshore wind industry has been astonishing. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory estimates that the 11.8 gigawatts of offshore wind power the world is expected to have by the end of 2015 will grow to more than 47 gigawatts by 2020.

But so far the global boom in offshore wind power has bypassed the United States.

But the truth is that the U.S. has an incredible 4.223 terawatts of offshore wind power potential, including 50 gigawatts from Lake Erie itself. That's four times as much power-generation capacity as the U.S. currently has installed.

Yet only one commercial-scale offshore wind project has so far been successful enough to begin construction.

But now things are starting to look up for offshore wind in the United States...


Why the Airgas Stock Price Hit a 52-Week High Today (NYSE: ARG)

The Airgas stock price rose 1.2% to a 52-week high of $139.22 today after the company agreed to be bought by France's Air Liquide in a $13.4 billion deal.

Airgas stock has now climbed more than 45% since Friday's opening price of $94.58.

Here's what you need to know about Airgas stock now...


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...