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Two Energy Sector Facts That Pundits Keep Missing

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Energy demand worldwide is increasing, even according to the latest IEA report. And historically, this is the quarter of the year where the demand figure is the weakest.

In fact, in each of the last several years, the IEA has cut demand estimates in the first quarter only to increase them multiple times later in the year.

And that's not the only thing the pundits missed. You see, there are two market developments combining to open up a range of new investment targets all across the energy sector...

How to Profit from Washington's Election-Year Oil Deal

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It's very rare that D.C. policy decisions benefit both the oil and renewable energy sectors - traditionally, a benefit to one sector means a net harm for the other. That's because they're thought of as competitors for the same energy dollar.

But this deal is different: moves to shore up oil's decline have been the primary catalyst in a nice run up for renewables.

And after I show you why this policy is such a bullish development, I'm going to show you how to make some good money on it...

The Five Bright Spots in the Energy Sector "Crunch" – and How to Profit

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The energy sector has hardly escaped the new year's volatility. Good thing there are a number of ways to profit regardless of where oil goes.

You see, the "crunch" portrayed by some pundits as representing what oil is doing to the energy sector as a whole is not only overdone, it is also quite misleading.

There are in fact five bright spots in the energy sector, even in the current "crunch." Here they are...

Emerging Energy Balance Offers New Opportunities to Profit

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The coming year promises to have energy markets move further into renewable energies.

But in the short term, contrasting results from this transition are emerging from both sides of the Irish Sea.

These developments are a reminder that the path toward greater reliance on wind and solar power will not be without short-term problems.

And they point to what the transition to a new energy balance will look like... and what this means for energy investing...

Why We Need to Rethink Energy Parity

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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...

The One Element That Will Change the Renewable Energy Landscape

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We’re now on the brink of a new development in renewable energy that will push this sector to the next level.

Renewable energy sources such as solar and wind have become fixtures of the current power grid. But for the next big advances to occur, the developmental process itself will take center stage.

And at the heart of this evolution lies a surprising, yet basic, element.

Here’s my take on the one thing set to transform the renewable energy landscape forever…

Will Energy Efficiency Become a New Investment Class?

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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...

Why This Surprising Partnership Is Leading the Way for Renewable Energy


There's a new centerpiece for the accelerating move to renewable energy: Hawaii. The state has opted to go all out on alternative energy.

In May, its legislature overwhelmingly passed a plan to move to complete independence from fossil fuels for power generation.

But Hawaii has an unusual partner in moving away from its reliance on oil and natural gas - the U.S. military.

What's happening in Hawaii may allow us to make some nice money from a state deciding to go green... and from the military's need to go off the grid...

Three Ways a Greek Debt Settlement Will Affect the Energy Sector

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There are now rising indications that the Greek government and its creditors are going to avert a full-blown financial meltdown...

And this means there are some positive developments coming for the energy sector.

Here's what needs to happen in Greece... and how it could affect an entire industry...

What "Tesla Energy" Means for the Tesla Motors Stock Price

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The Tesla Motors stock price dipped 1% this morning after Chief Executive Elon Musk unveiled a new suite of batteries designed to power homes and businesses.

Tesla Motors Inc. (Nasdaq: TSLA) stock quickly raced to $231.77 after the opening bell, but retreated to $224 by 11 a.m.

The new division of the company will be called "Tesla Energy." The devices that will be installed in homes are coined "Powerwalls."

The stock may be volatile now, but this announcement underscores the incredible long-term potential of TSLA stock...

The Solution to Alternative Energy's Biggest Roadblock

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The alternative energy sector may have found a solution to its storage problem: the hydrogen battery.

Hydrogen's chief problem as an alternative energy source has always been the staggering price of delivery and transportation. But one company is making strides daily toward energy storage efficiency and price reduction.

We may be on the verge on something quite important for the entire energy sector. Here's everything you need to know...

These Alternative Energy Stocks Will Soar on China's Rare Metals War

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The prices of alternative energy stocks are at China's mercy right now. That's because for the past few years, China has been in a dispute with the United States, Europe, and Japan over its exports of rare earth metals. Though China has about 30% of world reserves of rare earths, it controls 80% of international production.

As this battle rages on, one thing is clear: The international solar industry could be turned on its side if China begins to hoard these metals and drive up their cost.

Of course, whenever there is market disruption like this, there is a profit opportunity...

Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) Stock Back on Track with Results and Guidance

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Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) shares jumped more than 18% to $8.48 intraday Thursday following solid earnings and rosy guidance.

While the fuel cell maker reported a loss, it still beat the sole estimate from Cowen & Co. and showed marked improvement in sales and revenue.

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Here's What's Behind Plug Power's (Nasdaq: PLUG) 565% Gain in 2014


Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) gained 24.67% today (Monday), and that's just a small slice of the 565.16% surge PLUG stock has seen so far in 2014.

Last week, the alternative energy company was on an absolute tear. PLUG stock logged a net gain of 77%, despite a 5.78% drop Thursday on news that Plug Power would be conducting a $22.4 million secondary offering.

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Why Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) Is Electrified with 334% Gains in 2014

Alternative energy company Plug Power Inc. (Nasdaq: PLUG) is on an absolute tear, up 334.19% so far in 2014 and 52.61% over the past five days.

On Tuesday, PLUG shares surged 20% to a fresh 52-week high of $7.02 before finishing the session up 15% to $6.99.

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