Crude Oil Prices

Oil Prices Today Still Near Five-Year Lows

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Oil prices today (Wednesday) edged up slightly after dipping to their lowest levels since April 2009 on Tuesday.

Early Wednesday, WTI oil prices dropped below $47 a barrel, their lowest level in more than five years. But at 9:45 EST, the U.S. benchmark rose to $48 for February delivery.

Here's why crude oil prices were on the rise this morning and where they are headed now...

Oil Stocks to Buy Now That Prices Are Low

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Big-name oil stocks have taken a beating since June.

ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is down 12.6% in the last seven months. Other oil giants like Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) are down 18% and 22.8% in the same time.

But according to Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, the fall won't last forever.

And these stocks will be the biggest winners when oil prices start rebounding...

Crude Oil Price Charts Compare 2014 to 2008

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Oil hit its lowest point in more than five years this week, continuing 2014's huge drop. This WTI crude oil price chart and Brent oil chart show how large the oil crash of 2014 has been.

In June, WTI oil futures traded as high as $101.33 per barrel. This week they touched $52.51.
That's a drop of 48.2% in just six months.

Here's how that compared to another historic crash in oil prices...

2015 Oil Prices Won't Change the Emerging U.S. Dominance

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My recent meetings in Dubai highlighted the profound change that will turn the balance of power in the energy industry on its head.

For years, OPEC was the puppet master, and the United States (and the rest of the world) were the puppets. They pulled the strings, and we danced. OPEC set the price of oil. OPEC controlled the supply.

But those days are ending. After dictating the course of oil prices for more than 50 years, OPEC is finding its influence diminished.

OPEC's oil ministers can read the handwriting on the wall as well as anyone. Not only are they about to lose the largest energy market in the world, but they'll soon be competing for the markets that used to be theirs for the taking.

Because in 2015 the United States will start pulling the strings...

Oil Prices: Black Swan or the Work of Vultures?

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Over the past few of days, three separate prognosticators have claimed the fall in oil prices is a "black swan" event - in other words, an outlier, a development that fails to follow any normal pattern.

This isn't a black swan, but calling it one may be a good way of clouding up what really is happening.

In this case, there's another motive at work - and the black swan becomes a convenient cover...

Tesla Stock Price Falls – and Oil Prices Aren't the Big Problem

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The Tesla stock price opened at $212.38 today (Thursday), meaning the stock has fallen 27.1% since the all-time it hit in September.

TSLA stock's dip has coincided with the plummet in crude oil prices. At this week's five-year low of $53.60 a barrel, WTI crude oil is now down 47.7% in the last six months. Brent oil trades just above $61 a barrel today. The global benchmark priced over $110 a barrel this summer.

And while falling oil prices are being blamed for TSLA's drop, there's another more important reason the stock is down...

Crude Oil Prices and the Coming of the Second Arab Spring

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During the first Arab Spring, some countries were able to avoid the unrest by buying off their populations with goodies. But today in those countries, unemployment is increasing and alternatives to centrally subsidized survival are disappearing.

That's because this untenable balance has been sustained by the price of oil. As long as oil flowed, net outflows from the national coffers could be sustained.

Falling crude oil prices mean that balance is ending - and the prospect of renewed violence is making a big comeback.

OPEC News: Collapse of the Cartel Is Near

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There's more OPEC news today after the 12-nation oil cartel announced again that it will not be cutting production in the face of falling oil prices.

According to Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, these actions will spell the end of the cartel. You see, OPEC is fighting a battle it simply can't win.

Here are the three major reasons we're about to see the end of OPEC...

This Crude Oil Chart Shows Which Countries Are Reeling

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This crude oil chart shows just how hard the steady oil price slump has hit OPEC countries.

Oil is the foundation of OPEC countries' economies. Their budgets feel a tremendous strain when crude oil prices fall as dramatically as they have.

Brent oil for January delivery traded at $64.59 at noon today (Thursday). That's a drop of more than 41% from the $110 mark Brent hit in June.

Crude Oil Prices Today Approach Historic Bear Market Level

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Crude oil prices today (Wednesday) plummeted again after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an increase in U.S. oil supplies.

The EIA reported that U.S. supplies were up by 1.5 million barrels in the week ending Dec. 5. Analysts had been expecting a drop of 3 million barrels.

With oil prices at $60.63, we're quickly approaching the third-largest bear market for oil in the last 30 years...

Crude Oil Price Chart: This Is the 4th-Largest Drop in 30 Years

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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil dropped to $63.38 yesterday (Monday). At that level, the price of oil is now down more than 42% since September of 2013.

As this crude oil price chart shows, that's the fourth-largest bear market for oil in the last 30 years.

And while this isn't the biggest drop for oil, it is the longest bear market among the top five dips.

Here's the full story...

OPEC Oil Price War Won't Be Successful

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In a highly publicized meeting last month, OPEC announced it would maintain high production levels in an attempt to disrupt U.S. shale oil producers.

But the OPEC oil price war simply won't work says Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors. He's been meeting with some of the world's top oil policymakers in Dubai this month and has been analyzing OPEC's strategy.

Moors appeared on Bloomberg TV in London this morning (Monday) and explained why OPEC is fighting a losing battle. He also detailed what the fair market price for crude oil is right now...

Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

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Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture.

The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations.

And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision.

I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide.

Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public and private sector side.

Much of that is coming together in my current slate of meetings with some of the most powerful people in the energy world.

What I learn in these gatherings will allow everyday investors to make some heavy money as these pivotal changes kick in...

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