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Why the Price of Crude Oil Is Down Today

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The price of crude oil struggled to stay above the $30 mark today as Big Oil firms report weak earnings and hopes of a production cut from OPEC fade.

But there are five reasons why investors shouldn’t avoid the energy sector in 2016.

First, here's what you need to know about oil's movement today...

Why Is Crude Oil Down to $29.56 Today?

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Crude oil prices plummeted below the critical $30 mark today as investors remain concerned over Iran's oil operations.

Today's monster sell-off comes ahead of a report from the IAEA on the state of Iran's nuclear program.

But there's one reason why Iranian oil won't hit the market anytime soon...

The Second Arab Spring Just Began Unraveling – Here's What It Means for Oil Prices

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With major events unfolding in the Persian Gulf, 2016 is starting out as a dangerous year.

The next phase in the region's conflict is now underway and is already impacting crude oil prices.

And even before the events of this past weekend, opposing forces now require more than bread and circuses paid for with oil revenue.

That's because the current conflict involves more incendiary ingredients - led by the one factor certain to intensify ill will and heighten the conflict...

The Four Real Reasons Behind Lifting the U.S. Oil Export Ban

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Late in last week's congressional budget negotiations, a provision that would allow for the export of domestically produced crude oil was introduced.

The agreement also has broad-based bipartisan support and allows the president to reintroduce an oil export ban on national security grounds.

Make no mistake, this is not simply some campaign-season political machination to score brownie points with some voters.

There are four very real reasons behind the end of the export ban. And some of them may surprise you...

Negotiations Over Oil Production Broke Down – but Not for the Reasons You'd Think

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In the UAE's oil capital of Abu Dhabi, OPEC and Russia have been negotiating a coordinated cutting of oil production, which would lead to a movement up in global crude prices.

Unfortunately, any anticipation about these meetings was effectively negated over the past few days by three unexpected factors.

And while the Persian Gulf has long been the center of the world's energy markets, these three factors were, surprisingly, dictated elsewhere... the first one somewhere you'd least expect it...

How to Play the Latest Dip in Oil and Natural Gas Prices

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Here in the energy sector, the other shoe has just dropped. Natural gas prices have now declined to their lowest point since 2012.

But in any shakeout like the one under way, there are always investment opportunities.

And I’ve identified two specific ways you can profit despite the lows we’re seeing right now for oil and gas.

Here’s my take on what’s affecting the markets today… and the two ways to play the current low prices to your advantage…

The New Cold War Battlefield… and How It Will Affect Oil Prices

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What is transpiring in geopolitics prompts me to recall the depths of the Cold War.

Back then, the two superpowers - the United States and Russia - contested for leverage wherever they could. But the primary battlefield was Africa.

Well, déjà vu is now kicking in.

Here's where the new Cold War is being played out... and how it's going to influence the energy markets, especially oil prices...

Where the Next Oil Sector Profits Will Be Made (It's Not What You Think)

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We now have another indication that the oil pricing environment is causing a constriction in forward project commitments: Two more oil majors recently announced that they will cut capital spending.

These two announcements are the tip of a much bigger iceberg. The curtailment of future project commitments is just one of the results of low prices.

Here's the other major effect, how it will shake up the oil sector, and how one group of companies will come out on top...

How We'll Profit from Oil's M&A Cycle

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Low crude oil prices, combined with a crunch in energy debt, has ushered in expectations of a merger and acquisition cycle among oil companies.

So far, interest has centered on the U.S. oil sector. But recent news out of Australia makes it abundantly clear that the next M&A wave is going to have a far more global impact.

Here's what that means for the oil industry, and how we'll profit from it...

Here's Why WTI Crude Oil Prices Are Down Today

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Two reasons why WTI crude oil prices are down today are the Greek debt negotiations and looming Iran deadline.

The international news has big implications on where WTI oil prices are headed the rest of the year.

Here's a breakdown of today's movements...

Crude Oil ETF Investing Tips

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Thanks to expiring oil rigs and lower supply, oil prices are heading toward $73 by mid-summer.

That means it's time to consider crude oil ETF investing if you want get in on the profits from the price rebound.

Here's everything you need to know about crude oil ETFs...

Why There’s Been So Much Uncertainty About Oil Prices This Week

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The recent move in oil prices prompted the talking heads on TV to warn us the market is oversupplied, thereby driving prices down.

But now they will need to switch gears and “explain” why they are moving up.

Here's the real key to this week's oil uncertainty...

Crude Oil Prices Today Close at 2015 High

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Crude oil prices today hit their highest level of the year after China released declining manufacturing data.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) also helped the market with its weekly report - which showed lower production for the second straight week.

Here's what you need to know about today's huge gain - and why prices will go higher in 2015...

The OPEC Oil Cartel Just Confirmed It's Losing the Energy War

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The infamous OPEC oil cartel is crumbling. We've got insider proof that its highest-ranking officials are scrambling for some kind of stability.

But it's too late - the U.S. is a rising energy superpower that cannot be stopped.

Here's why OPEC is dying and why we're about to dominate the market...

Oil Price Forecast 2015: Where the Market Goes from Here

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Oil Price Forecast 2015: Crude oil futures for May delivery moved higher today (Tuesday) in the wake of bullish inventory data.

Although prices are coming off a bad first quarter, they're expected to have a strong rebound into the second quarter and beyond.

Here's our analysis on where oil prices are headed in 2015...