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The Fed Is Set to Slaughter Debt-Laden U.S. Oil Producers

The market is moving up nicely today, with the S&P 500 running on two-month highs toward 2,100. But investors are playing a special kind of Whack-a-Mole, only with the U.S. Federal Reserve Board instead of those cute little plastic guys you see on the boardwalk.

Of course the preeminent question is whether the Fed will raise interest rates soon. But either way, the U.S. energy sector, already under pressure, is about to feel a whole lot more of it – no matter when the Fed raises rates, or how many times it raises them in 2016.

In fact, no matter how you slice it, a wide swath of American oil and natural gas producers are going to catch it in the neck; bankruptcies, mergers and acquisitions, and of course asset sales (one step ahead of the sheriff) will be the order of the day. 

This much chaos and consolidation means one thing: There are big profit opportunities for those who tread carefully...


This WTI Crude Oil Price Floor Will Yield Profits in 2016

The WTI crude oil price just hit a seven-month high of $49.40.

Despite the recent rally, investors should actually be keeping an eye on a lower oil price.

That's because this price floor will be the real source of oil profits in 2016...


The Two Best Oil Stocks to Buy in 2016 for Market-Beating Gains

Oil stocks have been rallying lately thanks to the similar rally in oil prices.

These gains mean now is the best time to buy oil stocks as the sector keeps pushing higher.

Here are the two best oil stocks to buy in 2016...


Get Ready for the Cheapest Memorial Day Gas Prices in Over 10 Years

We're about to see the cheapest gas prices in over a decade this Memorial Day weekend.

In fact, the whole summer could see us saving at the pump...


Why You Don't Need $50 Oil to Make a Profit

Earlier this spring, I talked about the importance of a stable oil pricing "floor," saying it was even more important than any gains crude might make in the meantime. 

That's because establishing a floor, a price oil won't dip below, is what actually generates profit opportunities – for everyone from Exxon Mobil and Shell to investors like you.

Now, OPEC's failure yesterday in Vienna to reach an output deal sent oil sliding again, despite around three weeks of solid gains. But later in the day, news that U.S. crude stockpiles dipped below 1.4 million barrels sent prices back up into the green for the day.

So oil is essentially treading water now. Naturally, the airwaves filled with fretting pundits, all mourning crude's inability to stay above $50, an arbitrary "ceiling" predicated more on psychology (and undeclared short positions) than any market reality.

So, let them cry into their studio mics. We're much better off ignoring them – they're looking literally in the wrong direction.

Here's why oil's price floor will make you far more profits than any ceiling ever will...


[CHART] How the Crude Oil Price Affects Spending

The crude oil price has plummeted 55% over the last two years.

That means American consumers have been spending less at the gasoline pump.

This chart shows where Americans are spending that money they've been saving...


Why the WTI Crude Oil Price Is Up Today

The WTI crude oil price today (Monday, May 16) is on track for its highest close in six months.

The U.S. benchmark jumped more than 3% to $47.68 during midday trading.

And it's all thanks to a surprisingly bullish prediction from this Wall Street bank...


The Price of Crude Oil in 2016 Will Climb Because of These 3 Factors

The price of crude oil has rocketed from its 13-year low in February.

WTI crude oil prices are up 59% to $46 a barrel today.

And there are four factors that ensure the rally will keep going in 2016...


The Secret to Predicting Oil Prices – and Cutting Through the "Expert" Hype

These four factors are the secret to accurately predicting oil prices – and cutting through the media's smoke and mirrors.

The second one threatens thousands of jobs here at home, so it's important to take a look at what's really happening with crude...


Crude Oil News: These Companies Just Ditched $2.5 Billion to Avoid Bankruptcy

The biggest crude oil news stories are always movements in day-to-day oil prices.

But the 58% crash in prices over the last two years has forced many firms to make difficult decisions.

That brings us to this important story being overlooked this week...