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This Solar Power Breakthrough Will Be a Game Changer for the Sector

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The great stumbling block for solar power has always been storage. Conventional batteries, even the most high-tech ones, are inefficient, expensive, and don't last more than a few years.

But this week, researchers announced a breakthrough battery that's 20% more efficient and 25% cheaper than anything else on the market.

It’s the game changer that could finally make solar energy competitive…

How to Invest in the U.S. Navy's New Futuristic, Electricity-Powered Destroyer

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The newest Navy ships, such as the U.S.S. Zumwalt, are really giant electric generators.

The Zumwalt, a 600-foot destroyer, has four diesel generators that make enough electricity to propel the $3 billion, 15,000-ton ship to speeds of 12 knots before using its conventional gas turbine engines.

Here’s how to invest in this cutting-edge defense technology…

The Best Way to Profit from Crude Oil Prices Right Now

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Making money in the energy sector is no longer pegged to higher crude oil prices. In today's environment, it's more about where a company drills, how it manages its assets and operations, and the broader flow of supply and demand.

It's also about selecting companies that are built to weather the inevitable dips in the price of crude.

And there are plenty of them out there…

These Shipping Stocks Are Practically Guaranteed Gains by an Obscure Maritime Law

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Bill Smith, a Delaware fuel trader, calls it "the most stupid law ever on the books" - yet for a number of shipping stocks, it means essentially built-in share-price gains.

It's called the Jones Act and it's nothing less than a sweetheart deal for the handful of U.S. energy companies whose profits are practically "guaranteed" by law.

It’s also one of the best “hidden” investment opportunities you’ll ever come across…

Oil Prices Today: Three Key Factors the Pundits Are Missing

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Several pundits attributed yesterday's spike in oil prices to the recognition that the fight against ISIS in Iraq-Syria will be a long one. As usual, the 30-second TV wonders missed the boat.

Of course, the ongoing chaos in the Middle East is certainly a factor. To the extent that oil traders begin to calculate its impact into their risk models, there will be an effect.

However, when it comes to what actually moves oil prices, these three major price influences are more important…

These Coal Stocks Are Rising Thanks to New EPA Rules

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A select group of coal stocks just got a boost from the Environmental Protection Agency.

The EPA is requiring that all coal-fired generating facilities introduce sulfur scrubbers to decrease the amount of sulfur dioxide pollution entering the atmosphere, with the effect of encouraging the use of "dirtier" coal from the Illinois Basin at the expense of higher-grade Appalachian coal.

This is a great opportunity for investors - and here's one of the best ways to profit from this industry change.

Four Oil Stocks to Buy to Play the Permian Basin Oil Boom

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They called the Permian Basin the mother of all busts and buried it three decades ago - but they couldn't have been more wrong. Today, 27% of all of the oil rigs in the United States are currently operating in the Permian Basin.

The best oil stocks to buy to play the Permian are the smaller companies that exclusively or primarily depend on the Permian for their profits - like these four...

Uranium Prices Will Head Higher Due to This Supply Crunch

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With nuclear power bouncing back worldwide, and the number of global uranium mines declining, the signs are building that uranium prices are poised to head higher.

After stabilizing under $30 per pound, prices have begun to rebound, posting their largest gain in more than 30 months. Since Aug. 4, the cost of uranium has climbed by 13.91%.

But that could be just the beginning of the move...

It's the Lack of Energy That Shapes the World (and Moves the Markets)

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As everyone remains focused on the price of crude, the wider energy market is headed for a serious shortfall.

In fact, in the course of my global work, it's impossible not to recognize there is a new energy crisis quickly developing in other parts of the world.

This is not a rising Armageddon, the end of the world as we know it, or some script for a survivalist thriller.

But it is another dramatic example of how the lack of energy shapes the world...

In this case, the supply of oil and gas is still adequate and trade is on the upswing. The rising problem has to do with energy availability.

In certain areas of the world, the generation and distribution of energy is beginning to morph into a bona fide crisis. In short, the infrastructure in place is simply not enough to reliably keep the lights on.

For investors, these shortfalls will provide significant opportunities to profit.

Let me explain...

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U.S. LNG Exports Have "the Power to Change the World" – and Make Fortunes

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The Panama Canal is getting a makeover that will allow it to accommodate ships as long as three football fields, with the capacity to carry almost three times the amount of cargo.

Once completed, the "new" canal will help jump-start U.S. LNG energy exports to Asian countries.

It's just one of two catalysts that will transform the United States into one of the world's biggest energy exporters - and investing in LNG will get a big boost as a result...

How to Invest Like Warren Buffett in the U.S. Energy Revolution

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In our Aug. 11 Private Briefing report "What Does This 'Mysterious Signal' Tell Us About CB&I?" we said we suspected that super-investor Warren Buffett would use the sell-off in Chicago Bridge & Iron to boost his stake in the Netherlands-based infrastructure specialist.

That's exactly what happened.

Here's why and here's how to profit by following the same techniques...

Energy Investing: Why King Coal Is Bigger Than Oil or Gas

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Energy Investing Update: Lost in the debate about exporting U.S. oil and natural gas is any mention of America's greatest energy export: coal.

And while legislators and environmentalists argue over pipelines, refineries, and trade agreements in the oil and natural gas industries, the United States sends tons of coal to eager customers all over the globe.

Coal usage is at a 45-year peak, and Europe and Asia will take every ounce we can export...

What the Kinder Morgan (NYSE: KMI) Deal Means for Master Limited Partnerships

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With its bombshell consolidation announcement, Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI) has suddenly become the third-largest energy company in America.

In a $71 billion deal, Kinder Morgan is bringing all of its publicly traded companies under one roof as a single C-corporation.

Does this massive consolidation mark the end of master limited partnerships (MLPs) as a main driver in the energy sector?