[Chart] Crude Oil Price History Since 1862

The past year has delivered one of the worst crashes in crude oil price history. Prices have slumped 47% since July 2014.

But oil price volatility is not a new concept.

This chart provides a glimpse into the history of oil volatility dating all the way back to the Civil War...


Why the WTI Crude Oil Price Is Down Today – 7/17/15

The WTI crude oil price today is on track to close under $50 for the first time in four months amid bearish sentiment from inventory data and the Iran nuclear deal.

Yesterday, WTI closed at $50.91, the lowest settlement since March 19.

Here's a breakdown of why oil prices are still declining today...


Iran Nuclear Deal Will Lead to Inevitable Petrodollar Challenge

The Iran nuclear deal will be discussed in Congress over the next 60 days, subject to the same political back-and-forth it always has been.

So what exactly is in this Iran nuclear deal, and how should markets digest it?

The real story of intrigue, many may think, is oil. But investors should really be paying attention to the petrodollar...


Why the Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) Stock Price Is Down in 2015

The Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) stock price has struggled in 2015.

It's down 10.1% so far this year. Shares saw their largest quarterly drop in Q2 since falling more than 16% in Q2 2012.

Here's everything you need to know ahead of the North American energy giant's earnings report today...


Why Crude Oil Futures Are Up After the Iran Deal

Crude oil futures surprisingly surged higher today after Iranian negotiations finally culminated in a landmark nuclear deal.

The deal allows Iran to start exporting more oil, which analysts worry will flood the already oversupplied market.

But there's one fundamental reason why prices won't dip lower...


Beat Canada's Oil Revenue Grab with This Investment

"The Greatest Outdoor Show on Earth," the century-old annual Calgary Stampede rodeo and festival, has just gotten underway. But while a million-plus visitors enjoy all the city has to offer, all is not well for petroleum companies in the city dubbed Canada's oil headquarters.

A few short months ago, a forty-four year political dynasty came to an end, as the oil-rich Canadian province of Alberta elected a left-wing government that wants to extract more revenue from energy companies.

Yet canny investors like you can take advantage of hidden opportunities that are emerging as others head for the exits over worries about the new administration's goal of collecting more royalties from oil and gas producers.

Here's one...


Why the WTI Crude Oil Price Is Up Today – July 2015

There are two reasons why the WTI oil price is up today.

The main reason is the rebound in China's stock market, which saw its biggest one-day gain in six years. The other is the delay in a deal with Iran over its nuclear program.

Here's how both helped caused the surge in oil prices today...


Why the Halliburton (NYSE: HAL) Stock Price Is Down Today

The Halliburton Co. (NYSE: HAL) stock price fell today from last Thursday's close amid a weeklong crash in oil prices.

The firm is coming off a rough month. It lost 5.1% in June after gaining 15.4% during the first five months of 2015.

Here's how its performance stacks up against other major oil firms...


Why the WTI Oil Price Is Down Today

There are three reasons why the WTI oil price is down today.

The biggest one is the debt crisis in Greece, which came to a head yesterday after Greek citizens voted against bailout conditions.

Here's a breakdown of how all three have caused the oil price drawback over the last week...


How to Invest in the New Energy Balance

As we await the next chapter in the ongoing Greek debt mess, something of interest is happening right here in the U.S.

For the first time in my memory (which goes back more than four decades in this business), the energy market's normal supply-and-demand trade-off has been fundamentally altered.

As I have explained on several occasions in Oil & Energy Investor, overleverage will hamper some U.S. producers, while the inability to replace volume extracted due to the expenses incurred exceeding the wellhead profits will cause significant problems for others.

Put simply, some companies are going out of business. Either other corporations will acquire their assets (including producing wells and land leases) in what is shaping up as a major new M&A cycle, or they will simply go bust.

We have talked before about investor opportunities from this cycle. Today, however, I want to emphasize something else that is having a more direct impact on how you should be selecting your investment targets moving forward.

Here's where the best opportunities are going to arise...