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WTI Crude Oil Prices Slide on Bearish Goldman Sachs Forecast

WTI crude oil prices slumped today after the release of a new Goldman Sachs Group Inc. (NYSE: GS) price forecast.

The Wall Street bank cut its 2016 estimate for WTI prices, citing OPEC production and slow demand.

Here's what you need to know about today's oil price movements...


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...


[CHART] How Does U.S. Oil Consumption Compare to Other Countries?

There were 92.1 million barrels of oil consumed around the world every day last year.

But how does U.S. oil consumption compare to other industrialized nations?

The chart below shows how the United States stacked up against other big time oil consumers in 2014...


Why Are Gas Prices So Low?

Why are gas prices so low right now?

The average price of regular unleaded is hovering around $2.40 a gallon – almost a dollar less compared to a year ago.

Here's a look at what's responsible for the lower prices we're seeing at the pump these days...


WTI Crude Oil Prices Today Fall on Weak Chinese Trade Data

WTI crude oil prices today fell deeper into negative territory following a weak trading report in China.

China's imports and exports fell significantly in August, marking the second consecutive monthly decline.

Here's a recap of today's movements in the oil market...

Investing Strategies

How to Beat This Market’s “Three Cs” of Risk

The last few weeks of trading have been downright rough…

The markets staged a "whistling past the graveyard" rally for a little more than a week after the Aug. 24 crash only to come tumbling down again by 3% on Sept. 1 as nearly every sector was hit.

Robust technical support levels that were years in the making have been snapped like so many little twigs.

Key indicators have all but failed traders who are scrambling to find bottoms to trade off of, and the Chicago Board of Options Exchange Volatility Index (VIX) has been breaking six-year records, topping 53 on Aug. 24 and 30 on Sept. 1.

The sheer breadth of the chaos is matched only by the growing chorus of pundits speculating on the drivers of the chaos.

Let them speculate and fumble around in the dark. What's really rocking this market is what I call the "Three Cs."   

Here they are - plus the two sectors that will rise above it all...


How OPEC's Attempt to Save Face Affects the Oil Market

In its monthly report released on Monday, OPEC indicated it is now willing to discuss production levels with other non-OPEC countries.

This is the first indication that the low crude oil price environment has been creating serious problems inside the cartel.

Here's what that means for OPEC's production strategy... and the oil market as a whole...


Crude Oil Prices Today Crater on EIA Supply Report

Crude oil prices today fell below $44 a barrel in response to a new weekly inventory report from the EIA.

Despite the oversupplied oil market, there are still plenty of ways to profit from the energy sector.

All you need to do is follow these three strategies for picking the best oil stocks...


Will OPEC Cut Production?

Yesterday, OPEC released a bulletin saying low prices "remains a cause for concern" and OPEC is "ready to talk to all other producers."

The news has investors wondering: Will OPEC cut production?

Here's what you need to know about the cartel's dicey situation...


Oil Price Forecast 2015: Will the Oil Market Rebound from Here?

Oil Price Forecast 2015: WTI crude oil price volatility has trended decidedly downward in 2015.

After all, the commodity has fallen 20.3% since January.

But the good news is this crash is near a bottom. That's because a number of factors will push oil prices will higher by the end of the year...