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    It's officially silly season in U.S. politics leading up to midterm elections, with both parties stooping to distraction and hyperbole.

    As usual, some of the most misguided utterances so far have come from the White House and, specifically, from our own Commander-in-Chief.

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Three Stocks to Buy Now to Profit from this “Untapped” Energy Market

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When Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto was sworn into office at the end of 2012, one of his major initiatives was to reform the country's energy sector as a whole.

And that's had investors searching for the best energy stocks to buy to profit from Mexico's energy reform.

After 76 years, the government is reworking the national constitution and creating a slew of new laws. And these three companies could see huge profit opportunities…

Two U.S. Oil and Natural Gas Companies You Can Bet Will Ride the Energy Boom

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The introduction of hydraulic fracturing (fracking) has led to a production renaissance for U.S. oil and natural gas companies.

By 2015, the U.S. will surpass Russia and Saudi Arabia to become the world's biggest oil producer, according to the International Energy Agency. Just on Tuesday, a number of energy companies surpassed their 52-week share-price highs on the Standard & Poor's 500, including EQT Corp. (NYSE: EQT), Hess Corp. (NYSE: HES), and Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI).

And recently, Deutsche Bank placed "Buy" recommendations on several producers and master limited partnerships (MLPs), saying that the "fundamental outlook of U.S. gas demand is compelling."

Two stocks are poised to soar as the U.S. marches toward greater energy security and increased production of oil and natural gas...

This Dangerous "New" Energy Crisis is Crippling the Middle East

Don't look now, but there are some problems developing in the global energy network.
It's hardly reassuring that the epicenter of all this is the Middle East.
The primary problem is hardly new. Actually, calling it an "old" problem is more accurate because the culprit is a collapsing network of delivery and storage that has been deteriorating for decades.
Unfortunately, this is hitting areas already beset by broad, accelerating economic shortfalls the hardest. That they also happen to be areas of significant unrest hardly improves the situation.
The latest crisis is in Pakistan. Here's why the picture there is so grim...

What Germany's Energy Problems Can Teach Us About Our Own

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Marina and I will soon board a plane for another trip to Europe.

We are off to Frankfurt, where I have meetings on European natural gas import costs; meanwhile, my better half gets to spoil our grandchildren, who live just outside the city.

My responsibility is to address the energy balance problems emerging for the continent. The focus may be on Germany and the rest of Western Europe, but these problems are emerging elsewhere around the world.

With Berlin opting to phase out nuclear power, the continent's largest economy now has a daunting task to assemble an energy mix that meets expected demand.

This started as a political tradeoff, but it is likely to become the major concern in the broader national strategy to stave off recession. A similar tradeoff is developing in the United States.

A much-ballyhooed German venture into solar and wind has hit a brick wall. There is now a played-down move to import additional nuclear-generated power from neighbors, but now the country is doing the unthinkable to meet its energy demands.

This environmentally conscious country, with one of the strongest green political movements in Europe, is now importing more coal than at any point in the past decade.

The options are limited, along with the time to decide on how to implement all of it. That is likely to result in a political tradeoff distasteful to just about every political party and interest group in Germany.

However, the problems do not end there.

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Why Oil Refiners Are Among the Best Energy Stocks to Buy Now

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Shale oil production continues its upward path, increasing overall U.S. oil production and making specific groups of energy stocks among the best to buy right now.

In fact, the U.S. Energy Information Agency (EIA) reported last month that domestic oil production surpassed the 7 million barrel a day level, the highest point in nearly 20 years. Production this year, the EIA says, will rise by another 14%.

This is obviously good news for the companies producing that oil, and it gets even better. Many industries outside the energy sector, including chemicals and railroads, have benefited from the shale boom.

But there is one subsector in the energy industry that has reaped the rewards of plentiful oil from the Bakken and other areas more than any other, and that's the refining industry.

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Five Energy Stocks to Buy That Offer Juicy Dividends with Low Risk

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The only thing better than a sector with a lot of growth potential - like energy stocks - is finding a financially sound group of stocks to buy within that sector that pays a healthy dividend to boot.

And a recent screen by investment research firm Value Line turned up five such energy stocks, all electric and gas utilities.

Technically, Value Line cast a wider net that included all stocks. The screen actually yielded 17 stocks, many of them well-known companies like McDonald's Corp., Lockheed Martin and General Mills.

But the beauty of an exercise like this is finding the less-obvious gems, which in this case turned out to be mostly energy stocks.

Value Line used several proprietary filters - financial strength, safety and timeliness -
to narrow the list.

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This Quantum Leap Will "Redefine" Tech by the End of the Year

A new technology trend known as "Big Data" promises to spot terrorists - before they strike.
It will predict killer storms, warning us when and where they'll hit.
It is expected to facilitate stunning - even life-saving - transformations in intelligence-gathering, meteorology, medicine, finance, and virtually every other field you can think of.
But only if we can solve a major problem called the "memory wall."
Today I'm going to give you a peek at a potential solution to this digital bottleneck - a solution so revolutionary that a respected trade journal recently named it one of the 10 technologies most likely to transform the electronics industry. I'm going to introduce you to the "Killer Elite" that cracked this computing conundrum. And I'm going to tell you how you can profit from an innovative breakthrough that most retail investors aren't even aware of yet. Let's go...

Investing in Alternative Energy Stocks: Five Solar Power Winners

It has been a tough year for solar power.

Solyndra famously imploded, the price of polysilicon dropped 60%, and a glut of natural gas has made it the "new" alternative energy source.

But make no mistake about it: alternative energy stocks are going to be long-term winners-especially for solar power investors.

For instance did you know that Germans are initiating a campaign valued at more than $260 billion to harness wind and solar power. It is already being called the biggest restructuring of the national energy landscape since the end of World War II.

Or that China plans to double its solar power capacity by installing three GW this year, according to China Daily.

And despite the recent declines, analysts expect European demand to rise again in 2012. UBS forecasts that solar power generation will rise from 21 GW in 2011 to 25 GW in 2012.

What's more, solar panel prices are expected to stabilize as a result of tighter inventories and improving demand.

That's increasing talk within the industry that pure-play alternative energy stocks could be gobbled up by oil companies or large-scale manufacturers.

With that in mind here are five solar power possibilities, including innovative companies, takeover targets, and companies that can compete on cost.



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