Crude Oil Prices

How Crude Oil Prices Are Driven by the "Uncertainty Factor"

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Despite current geopolitical tension, crude oil prices have remained steady.

This dynamic tells us two things. First, traders are discounting the impact of geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, Gaza, and Iraq on overall availability. Second, other hotspots are having an immediate knock-on effect when it comes to crude supply.

Although the daily news does not seem to be adversely impacting the price of oil, we're not out of the woods yet. Here's why...

Why Crude Oil Prices Will Rise

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Crude oil prices are down this week as WTI trades near $97 per barrel today (Wednesday), after hitting a high of $106.64 in late June.

Prices spiked in June as ISIS militants swept across large portions of Iraq and took control of many northern oil fields. However, the crisis has not impacted the southern oil fields where Iraq's exports are located. And that's the reason many analysts see oil prices falling.

But according to Dr. Kent Moors, that isn't the whole story...

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WTI Oil Prices Down This Week, But Headed Much Higher Long-Term

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WTI oil prices were down this morning (Wednesday) to a low of $97.06 for September contracts, after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reduced its 2014 price forecast yesterday.

Citing increased oil production in the United States, the EIA dropped its 2014 forecast for WTI oil prices to $100.45 per barrel. In July, the EIA had projected a price of $100.98 per barrel.

But according to Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, oil prices will be heading much higher in the long-term.

Even if the short-term outlook on oil prices remains favorable…

Crude Oil Prices Are Headed Higher Thanks to These Two Global Events

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Two events this week indicate the situation in two global hotspots is getting worse, and both will have a significant impact on crude oil prices.

First, the Islamic State, the terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, attacked the Mosul Dam. Second, the mayor of Kiev in Ukraine turned off the hot water.

Neither is a good sign, and each promises to shake up oil prices…

Crude Oil Prices Down Today, but Will Stay Inflated on International Tensions

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WTI crude oil prices for September delivery were down $1 today (Tuesday) to $100.67 per barrel, while Brent crude dropped $0.17 to $107.39 per barrel, despite the fact that geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Russia remain.

Oil prices hit two-week highs last week as tensions in the Ukraine and the Middle East intensified.

While WTI crude oil prices are down from their 52-week high $106.64 from June (as the Iraq crisis escalated) the humanitarian and political crises taking place throughout the Middle East and Russia will continue to have an impact on oil prices moving forward…

Geopolitical Tensions Will Keep Driving Crude Oil Prices

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A bevy of geopolitical issues sent WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil prices higher late Thursday, with prices peaking at $103.94 per barrel for August delivery just before 7:00 p.m. Today, crude oil prices have settled back down below $103 per barrel this morning.

Crude oil prices may be back down today, but they're still up nearly 15% from their $89.74 low in January.

According to Money Morning’s Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, here’s where they’re headed now…

Our New Best Stocks to Buy List Focuses on Commodities, Small Caps, Dividends

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While commodities have been dominating our best stocks to buy lists lately, that's not the only asset hitting our radar...

Our new best stocks list includes a blue chip giant that's beating the broader market by roughly 50%, five small-cap stocks on the rise, and one generic drug-maker to buy now.

Get these, plus a full-year outlook on dividend stocks, in this roundup...

Are We Running Out of Oil?

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For many years, industry experts have been sounding the alarm that America, and the world, are about to run out of oil.

Every expert who's predicted "the end of oil" has been wrong in the past. But with global energy consumption at an all-time high, and much of the world's economy dependent on oil, the question is: Are we running out of oil?

Here's everything you need to know about today's oil market...

Profit from High Crude Oil Prices with These Secure, Under-the-Radar Stocks

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WTI crude oil prices for delivery in August were down slightly yesterday (Tuesday) to $103.43 a barrel, which was a $0.10 drop from Monday. And while crude oil prices are down from 52-week highs, they're still at inflated levels because of the crisis in Iraq.

But that doesn’t mean investors can’t profit. Money Morning’s Dr. Kent Moors has found oil stocks to buy now that are profiting from foreign turmoil.

In fact, the longer prices stay high, the better they will do…

The U.S. Oil Export Ban Is a Windfall for These Companies

After more than four decades, it looks like America is getting back into the oil export business again.

For the first time since the 1970s, Washington has opened the door to sending more U.S. crude abroad.

Of course, the United States has been exporting oil products for some time now.

In fact, America is now the largest exporter of products like gasoline, low-sulfur heating oil, and diesel fuel in the world.

But until now, companies were hamstrung when it came to the raw material itself.

Of course, there have been a few exceptions. Very heavy California crude, which has to be sold at a deep discount and for which there is not a ready domestic market, has received some permissions to export. In addition, a few tolling programs - where the raw material is exported out and finished products are imported back in - have been allowed.

But for the lion's share of what is pumped out of the ground at American fields, the domestic market has long been the only option.

This change in policy promises to open up new opportunities for investors... Full Story

Oil Prices Are at Iraq's Mercy – but You Can Profit

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In a Tuesday appearance yesterday on CNBC's "Closing Bell" program, Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors discussed his outlook for the strife in Iraq and what it will mean for oil prices.

"I think the situation in Iraq is about to deleverage, and deleverage quickly," Dr. Moors said. But he also said that certain oil companies were actually benefiting from the recent turbulence in oil prices.

In this video, Dr. Moors talks about why this is happening - and names the companies that stand to gain...

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What Lifting U.S. Export Ban Means for Crude Oil Prices

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In August, the U.S. government will begin allowing the exportation of crude oil for the first time in 40 years.

That has many American consumers wondering what will happen to crude oil prices now that the United States is exporting oil.

Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors appeared on CCTV Friday and discussed the benefits of U.S. oil exportation, and what effect oil exports will have on consumers and oil prices.

See what impact U.S. oil exports could have on jobs, revenue, and local taxes.

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Why Crude Oil Prices Are Down Today – But Won't Stay There

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Crude oil futures ticked a tad lower Thursday as investors digested the supply and export outlook in Iraq, as well as demand prospects from the United States - but the dips are likely temporary.

As Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors recently explained, prices further out on the futures curve are rising much more quickly than anticipated as worries mount over global supply and demand.

Here’s what’s weighing crude oil prices down today… at least for now.