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Commodities

Gas Prices Are Heading Up (and the Sector That Will Benefit)

The price of gasoline in the U.S. is on the rise again.

Futures prices for RBOB ("Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending"), the NYMEX futures contract for gasoline, are up over 11% for the year, and a full 6.6% of that increase has come in the past month.

In fact, gas is up 2.4% over the past week alone. Today, the average retail price is 4 cents higher per gallon than a year ago.

And you can bet that as we move into the "official" start of the summer driving season, the worst is yet to come. Prices will be headed even higher.

So with all the hoopla surrounding our newfound oil wealth and our legitimate move to become energy self-sufficient in as little as a decade, why are gas prices still climbing?

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Currencies

Pump Prices Are Rising Quickly: Counterattack Now

Since the early 1970s, most major oil deals have been transacted in "petrodollars."

But that system has become increasingly challenged in recent years.

The conflict in Ukraine right now has only served to exacerbate things.

As America leads the charge to impose Western sanctions on Russia, it's a plan that's not only backfiring, but leading to opportunities for those who understand the consequences…

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Stocks to Buy

The Eagle Ford Shale Will Boost These Oil Stock Prices in 2014

The Eagle Ford shale formation in Southern Texas is experiencing an unprecedented oil boom. With a daily output of more than 1.36 million barrels, it's the largest oil formation in the U.S.

It's helping make the U.S. the world's top oil producer and making oil companies even richer in the process.

For investors, that production will have a profound impact on these three oil stock prices in 2014...

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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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Commodities

Chevron's (NYSE: CVX) Annual Analyst Meeting Warns of Lingering Shifts in LNG Prices, Oil Prices

Chevron (NYSE: CVX), the nation's second-largest oil company and the world's fourth-largest energy producer by market value, cut expectations for its 2017 production by 6.1% at its annual security analyst meeting today (Tuesday), citing a drop in LNG prices and an increase in oil prices.

Over the last several months, the petrochemical company, along with industry competitors, has been shelling out huge amounts of cash to raise natural gas and oil production.

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Oil

Why Oil Prices Are Up Today

Oil prices are up today (Thursday) for the first time in three days for the following two reasons.

New York's main contract and oil price benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery rose $0.11 to $101.56 a barrel, after reaching as low as $100.13 a barrel in intraday trading. The volume of all futures traded was around 42% over the 100-day average.

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Oil

U.S. Oil Futures Today: Watch Them Soar on These Two Factors

Today (Monday), U.S. oil futures hit a five-month high on fallout from the Ukraine conflict, further supported by inclement weather across the United States.

On the New York Mercantile Exchange (NYMEX), West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude for delivery in April rose to a session high of $104.65 a barrel, the highest since Sept. 23.

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Energy Investing

Why the Rising Tide in Oil Hasn't Been as Good for Offshore Drilling Ventures

The spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent continues to narrow.

Thanks to additional new U.S. pipeline capacity and the growing volume of oil product exports from American refineries, the glut of excess storage at Cushing, Okla., is shrinking.

This ongoing glut has been the single biggest reason why WTI trades at a discount to Brent. As I write this, WTI is approaching $104 a barrel and Brent $111.

With crude oil prices continuing to rise, you would think that would be good news for both onshore and offshore drilling ventures.

But it's just not so, at least in the short term...

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Why the Keystone XL Crude Oil Pipeline Deal Is Far from Done

Late Friday afternoon, the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline cleared one of its biggest hurdles.

In its Final Environmental Impact Statement, the U.S. Department of State concluded that completing the pipeline's northern leg would not have a major impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.

It just needs to get past these last political hurdles...

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Keystone Pipeline Gets Step Closer to Approval – Which Is Good News for These Investors

Keystone XL pipeline supporters – who have been waiting years for this project to be completed – just received good news from the U.S. Department of State.

The Keystone pipeline is 1,179 miles long and would connect heavy crude oil from bitumen deposits in Canada to the southeastern refining network of the United States. While the southern portion has been built, the northern section requires approval given its cross-border passage.

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