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Just about this time last year, we made two bold predictions.

In the first, we told you to expect a big shift from the current high-definition-standard (HD) televisions to next-generation UHDTVs (ultra-high-definition televisions).

In the second, we told you there were immediate opportunities to cash in…

  • Alternative Energy

  • The "New" Global Energy Sector: "The Profit Opportunity of Our Lifetime" Oil prices will reach a record $150 a barrel, sending gasoline prices to $3.80 a gallon. Commercial nuclear power is making a comeback - but in "nuclear batteries," instead of in hulking power plants of the past. New global-warming regulations will turn air-pollution credits into financial assets that can trade like stocks or bonds. And China's zooming growth will turn the global energy sector upside down.

    If this sounds like a view of the distant future - the global energy sector's own version of "Future Shock" - think again.

    All of these "predictions" are becoming a reality, even as you read this. And while these transformative events will likely make the global energy sector more volatile and confusing than ever, they are also creating the largest wealth-creating opportunities that most investors will ever see, says Dr. Kent Moors, a career energy-sector consultant who works with governments and corporations throughout the world.

    For all the details on Dr. Moor's energy-sector predictions, please read on... Read More...
  • Money Morning Mailbag: Emergent Natural Gas Market Improves U.S. Fleet Vehicles The global energy sector is shifting which means huge changes lay ahead for the U.S. natural gas market. Dr. Kent Moors, a career energy-sector consultant who works with governments and corporations throughout the world, says the United States' fragmented natural gas market is "about to become one global market, operating at the speed of light."

    U.S. natural gas will play a major part in reducing greenhouse gas emissions by replacing older, inefficient coal plants. Its use is likely to double to 40% of the energy market over the next several decades, according to a study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

    The abundance of natural gas - especially shale gas, an unconventional source packed tightly in rock formations - in the United States has driven down natural gas prices, making the fuel more desirable. Shale gas has grown to 15%-20% of the U.S. natural gas output, and as companies design better drilling technology, shale gas reserves will be more easily attainable.

    "Natural gas is becoming sexy again, with all this new technology to get the gas out of the shale," Kim Hill, director of the Sustainable Transportation and Communities group for the nonprofit Center for Automotive Research told The New York Times.

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  • Taipan Daily: Profit from Alternative Energy ETF's in Wake of BP Oil Spill Publisher's Note: Justice is taking a few days off for a family event. We've asked Taipan's Senior Research Director, Sara Nunnally, to step in. Justice will be back next week. But in the meantime, enjoy Sara's insightful look into the Gulf oil crisis, and what it could mean to you and your investments.

    How many cleanup and well-cap plans have gone wrong with the BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf of Mexico? So many that a spoof of BP's efforts has gone viral... a video of a coffee spill in a BP boardroom.

    You can view it... Read More...
  • Buy, Sell or Hold: Enbridge Energy Partners, L.P. (NYSE: EEP) Brings Some Stability to a Volatile Market It seems like every week there's a new development that forces investors to rethink their investment strategies.

    This week we will see the initial consequences of the weekend's all-important Group of 20 (G20) meeting. A lot of very important issues are up for debate among the world's top 20 countries, as are policies that will shape the intensity and distribution of global growth in the months and years ahead.

    The meeting will be fraught with controversy as each economy is proceeding at its own distinct pace of growth and faces its own set of challenges.

    China, which recently showed a superlative 50% year-over-year increase in exports, has run out of excuses to justify its undervalued currency. The country also is facing strong inflationary pressures, which include labor strikes by workers demanding higher pay.

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  • Hot Stocks: General Electric is Being Powered by China Growth, but Held Back by its Financial Arm General Electric Company (NYSE: GE) has more than a century of history behind it and it's seen worse times than we're going through right now. It's a global juggernaut, and its foothold in emerging markets - particularly China - makes the company worth looking at.

    But at the end of the day, its financial unit is holding GE back, and that isn't likely to change any time soon.

    Let me explain.

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  • Eight Semiconductor Stocks To Charge Up Your Portfolio Today's world literally runs on semiconductors. Virtually every device that plugs in or uses a battery has its functions controlled by semiconductors of one type or another. And, with spending curtailed in the recent financial crisis, many of the semiconductors in use are either wearing out or going out of date. But, good times are here again for semiconductors. Here's how to make a profit on the new semiconductor boom market. Read More...
  • ABB Ltd. Buys Smart Grid Software Maker to Jump Ahead in Energy Management Industry Swiss engineering company ABB Ltd. (NYSE ADR: ABB) today (Wednesday) announced it will buy software maker Ventyx for over $1 billion to strengthen its position among energy management competitors by offering smart grid electricity distribution.

    ABB will integrate Ventyx into its power-systems division, allowing it to provide modern smart grid software to grid operators who want to run a more efficient distribution system. The deal represents electrical engineering companies' need to prepare energy management networks to handle an increasing supply of renewable sources, like wind and solar.

    "The big advantage for energy companies, utilities and industrial customers is that they will now have a single supplier of enterprise-wide information technology platforms and power automation systems," said ABB Chief Executive Officer Joe Hogan. "The advantage for our shareholders is a cash-generating acquisition in an exciting growth market, with a strong management team, a highly complementary offering and geographic scope, and an attractive return on capital employed."

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  • Full Cost of Gulf Oil Spill Just Beginning to Surface As oil soiled the shores of Louisiana over the weekend, the costs of the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico are just beginning to surface.

    The effects of the spill, which may prove to be bigger than the 1989 Exxon Valdez disaster in Alaska, are proving to be widespread--and costly.

    The oil threatens one of the world's richest fisheries, and could decimate entire species of wildlife and their habitat, while convincing the millions of tourists they attract to take their vacation dollars elsewhere.

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  • By Failing to Lock Up Canadian Oil Supplies, U.S. Exposes National Energy Plan Flaws Under new U.S. President Barack Obama, it was all supposed to be different. The new administration had vowed to deliver a national energy plan that would guarantee this country's future energy security. The rich and geographically nearby Canadian oil sands should have been part of that plan.

    At the end of the day, the United States dropped the ball on the oil sands, meaning Americans are stuck with yet another pieced-together national energy plan that has more sizzle than steak.

    Unfortunately, the cost of this misstep will be higher than ever.

    For a detailed look at America's latest energy miscues, please read on...

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  • China, Europe Lapping the United States in the Clean Energy Race If the United States doesn't take drastic measures to engineer new clean energy policies and investment initiatives, it will continue to take a back seat to China and Europe, which are driving the clean energy market toward a profitable future.

    Both clean energy companies and a skilled workforce are heading overseas, where government policies are creating a more welcoming and promising market for clean energy products.

    Take Massachusetts-based Evergreen Solar, Inc (Nasdaq: ESLR). In 2008, it used $58 million in government aid to open a new Massachusetts factory to build silicon wafers and cells and assemble solar panels. But in November 2009, it announced the assembly of solar panels would be moved to Wuhan, China, where solar panel manufacturing will cost far less than in the United States.

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  • What's Really Driving Obama's Sudden Interest in Oil U.S. President Barack Obama generated a lot of hubbub with his decision to open up parts of the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico to oil drilling.
    We've all heard the criticisms that some of the geological surveys are as much as 30 years old, and the arguments that the ecological impact of drilling off the U.S. East Coast isn't worth the accessible oil, which some critics estimate could play out in as little as six months at current demand levels.

    But even after more than a day of debate over the motivations for - and possible results from - President Obama's apparent energy policy about-face, one thing is very clear: This announcement has nothing to do with oil.

    It's all about the U.S. dollar.

    To find out why President Barack Obama really lifted the moratorium on oil drilling, please read on...

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  • Obama Looks to Restart U.S. Nuclear Industry With $8 Billion Federal Loan Guarantee U.S. President Barack Obama gave the long-suffering U.S. nuclear industry a solid boost this week when he announced $8 billion in government loan guarantees in support of a new nuclear power plant in Georgia.

    The move is intended to reduce usage of fossil fuels and meet America's future energy needs. It could also provide new profit opportunities for energy-sector investors.

    "I know it has long been assumed that those who champion the environment are opposed to nuclear power," President Obama said in remarks made during a speaking engagement in Lanham, Md. "But the fact is, even though we have not broken ground on a new nuclear power plant in 30 years, nuclear energy remains our largest source of fuel that produces no carbon emissions."

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  • How to Profit From the Geothermal Energy Push Geothermal energy isn't a new concept in the United States.

    It's actually been around for some time, with numerous geothermal power plants in California, Nevada and a few other western states. There are new plants on the drawing board, too. Unfortunately, the recession has stifled the construction progress on many of them.

    But all that's about to change. Thanks to a few key technological developments - and a big cash infusion from the government - the stars are aligning to produce the perfect storm for this super-green energy source.

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  • Profit From the First Biofuel Winner – Before it Goes Public Weeds are hardly my favorite flora. My hay fever doesn't like them and neither does my lawn. But a flax called camelina - needing little nitrogen and water - may just be the first big winner in renewable biofuels.

    It is going to provide investors with a whole new way to play the renewable energy market. And its impact will be, quite literally, up in the air.

    Anybody who flies has been feeling the pinch of exploding ticket prices. Having jetted over a quarter of a million miles in the last 18 months, I can attest to the connection between rising fuel prices and ticket hikes. And without a major change in how we source jet fuel, this problem will simply get worse - especially with ridership slowly returning as the crisis bottoms out.

    Jet fuel is already imported in greater volume, and the refineries that can provide it reliably worldwide are limited. That's because refining puts jet fuel (which is really high-level kerosene) among the so-called "middle distillates" - along with diesel and low-sulfur heating oil. But prioritizing the need for high-octane gasoline ("light distillates") has taken up more of the available refinery capacity.

    They're producing less diesel and jet fuel than the market requires, pushing up the price.
    And jet biofuel may be an answer.

    It's hardly theoretical.
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  • Seven Ways to Profit From the Obama Administration's New "Clean Energy Economy" Push After Wednesday night's State of the Union address, the Obama administration has added a new mantra to its lexicon.

    Welcome to the "Clean Energy Economy."

    In a speech in which embattled U.S. President Barack Obama badly needed to reinvent himself, the nation's chief executive focused on initiatives designed to add value to the U.S. economy and create jobs. Clean energy technology was front-and-center as one of those initiatives.

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