Natural gas prices, like any commodity, are affected by supply and demand - but weather plays a main role in this energy's cost.
In order to forecast where natural gas prices will be trading in coming months, it's important to look at what's expected for this winter and how much temperatures will differ from region to region.
Here's what we know about how weather will move natural gas prices into 2015...
Will the Energy Crisis Hit Home This Winter?
It's hard to imagine as we swelter in the summer heat, but many countries are going to be in real trouble this winter. Wars, rebel activities, and geopolitical struggles will mean a possible energy shortage throughout Europe and Asia.
It's one thing to watch these struggles from afar. It's something else entirely when it hits closer to home.And this winter, there may be a genuine energy crisis in New England...
These U.S. Natural Gas Stocks Are Critical to the EU's New "Master Plan"
The ongoing civil war in eastern Ukraine, along with the corresponding crisis between Kiev and Moscow, means that Russian gas supplies to the EU could be cut off again come September.
In 2009, the last time Russia said nyet to European natural gas deliveries, the continent barely survived one of the coldest winters in years. This time around, Europe's savior could be U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports.And that's good news indeed for these natural gas stocks...
How to Make Money from America's Oil Boom
Energy investing update: The amount of oil produced in the U.S. has skyrocketed more than 50% over the last six years.
Now small towns all across America are filling with a new breed of millionaires who have learned how to make money from this boom. But it isn't the major oil companies leading the way. According to a new report, the fastest-growing oil companies in America are the smaller outfits.And these oil stocks are rising as quickly as their reputations...
The Wild Card in the Ongoing Global Energy Crisis
The conflict in Iraq is escalating beyond all hope of control - and it's impacting a huge number of investments worldwide. So we reached out to Dr. Kent Moors, one of very few people who've advised both the Kurdish regional and Iraqi federal governments.
What he told us was incredible, bringing crystal clarity to what had been an extremely murky picture.
More importantly, Kent's showed us a way forward through the supply crisis, and, as we'll see shortly, a way to profit from it.Here's Kent...
Oil Prices Will Continue to Rocket
Everyone wants to know why the price at the pump just keeps going higher.
The last time I discussed this issue was in late April. Since then, pump prices in the United States have jumped more than 12%.
Five years ago, the global oil market hit "panic" prices that ultimately exceeded $147 a barrel,There were two reasons for this...
Crude Oil Prices Today Soar on Iraq and OPEC
Crude oil prices spiked $2.13 to $106.53 Thursday morning, putting the commodity at levels not seen since September 2013.
Brent crude, meanwhile, rose as much as 2.2% to $112.34Here's the major news moving these prices higher today – and for continuing weeks...
Iran's "Oil Show" Just Revealed a Huge Opportunity
Let's face it: Iran isn't at the top of anyone's list when considering all the profit opportunities out there in the world. At least, not yet...
You see, Iran is changing - and quickly.
Its new political regime at least appears to be increasingly open to the West.
Its old-style buyback contracts with international oil companies have long been considered high-risk with little or no flexibility; they essentially allowed Iran to own the oil company assets and allow the company a stream of profit.
But the isolated nation recently announced the introduction of a new generation of oil contract, one that promises to be considerably friendlier to foreign partners.Full Story...
We Struck Oil… Lots of Oil
In December 2013, I let our readers in on a way to invest directly in a new oil and gas drilling venture.
In the time since, I've been spending a great deal of time at the drilling site in South Texas, keeping an eye on the progress.Now, there's news to report. Great news... It's a gusher!
This Energy Play Has Warren Buffett Playing Catch-Up
It's absolute gospel in the world of investing to study and understand the moves that Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway are making - and then to follow them for profit.
And with good reason: Buffett's track record speaks for itself - and he augments his capital-markets genius with the homespun, down-to-earth personality that's cemented his spot as a hero to the masses.
One of Buffett's newest forays has taken his Berkshire investment vehicle into the energy sector.
But he wasn't the first to get there. We were. And it's paying off in a big way...Read More...
How to Profit When Oil and Gas Stocks Hit the Bargain Rack
Over the past week, oil and gas stocks have been quite volatile. But that's not bad news - not by a long shot.
In fact, this is always the time when energy investors should be on the hunt for bargains.And there's one approach that works especially well in this situation...
Why the Oil Price "Spread" Is Getting Tighter
The oil price spread between West Texas Intermediate and Brent is tightening again.
As of this morning, this spread stood at 7.2% of the WTI rate (the more accurate way to register its impact in the U.S. market).
And as this oil price spread continues to narrow, it promises to create some direct consequences for energy investors.Here's what's behind it, and what investors need to know moving forward...
Five Natural Gas Stocks Drinking Profits from the Utica Shale "Sweet Spot"
The Utica shale formation hasn't gotten as much attention as some of the others, but that may be about to change as drillers home in on a "sweet spot" in southeastern Ohio that is producing staggering amounts of natural gas.
Wells drilled in the Utica "sweet spot" were the main reason Ohio natural gas production more than doubled from 89.4 billion cubic feet in 2012 to 203 billion cubic feet in 2013.This stunning development will pay off handsomely for these five natural gas stocks in particular...
Gas Prices Are Heading Up (and the Sector That Will Benefit)
The price of gasoline in the U.S. is on the rise again.
Futures prices for RBOB ("Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending"), the NYMEX futures contract for gasoline, are up over 11% for the year, and a full 6.6% of that increase has come in the past month.
In fact, gas is up 2.4% over the past week alone. Today, the average retail price is 4 cents higher per gallon than a year ago.
And you can bet that as we move into the "official" start of the summer driving season, the worst is yet to come. Prices will be headed even higher.
So with all the hoopla surrounding our newfound oil wealth and our legitimate move to become energy self-sufficient in as little as a decade, why are gas prices still climbing?Let me explain...
Pump Prices Are Rising Quickly: Counterattack Now
Since the early 1970s, most major oil deals have been transacted in "petrodollars."
But that system has become increasingly challenged in recent years.
The conflict in Ukraine right now has only served to exacerbate things.
As America leads the charge to impose Western sanctions on Russia, it's a plan that's not only backfiring, but leading to opportunities for those who understand the consequences...Full Story...
Energy Investing Alert: Soon All Investors Will Be Able to Hit It Big in Oil and Gas
Last September the SEC changed its regulations on how big-time oil and gas projects can be financed, allowing smaller investors to participate directly in owning parts of oil and gas production.
We moved forward with Money Map Project #1 soon after, releasing it to our subscribers at the end of last year.
That project was limited to "accredited investors."But now we're working on a way for ALL investors to get in on direct energy investing deals...