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While Washington Stews, You Can Cash In on the Biggest "Tax-Inversion" Deal in History

Back in June 2012, we recommended that you pick up shares of Big Pharma player Abbott Laboratories Inc. (NYSE: ABT). The reason: Abbott was planning to split in two at the end of the year, meaning folks who took our advice would end up with stakes in two companies for the price of one.

There was more than bargain-basement thinking at work here.

You see, these corporate breakups – known as spin-offs – have a habit of turning into market-beating profit plays. And the newly minted spin-off firms often end up as takeover fodder – also at big profits.

Abbott followed part of that blueprint.

  • Keystone Pipeline Gets Step Closer to Approval – Which Is Good News for These Investors

    Keystone XL pipeline supporters - who have been waiting years for this project to be completed - just received good news from the U.S. Department of State.

    The Keystone pipeline is 1,179 miles long and would connect heavy crude oil from bitumen deposits in Canada to the southeastern refining network of the United States. While the southern portion has been built, the northern section requires approval given its cross-border passage.

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  • Will Environmentalists Kill the Keystone XL Pipeline?

    For more than four years, the controversial Keystone XL pipeline has been at the center of a heated battle between opponents and supporters.

    Those who favor the 1,700-mile extension of the pipeline see it as a step toward North American energy independence and a source of tens of thousands of jobs.

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  • Finally, TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP) Will Build the Keystone Oil Pipeline – Sort of Turns out the Keystone oil pipeline will be built - at least, part of it.

    TransCanada Corp. (NYSE: TRP), the Calgary-based energy company trying to get the project approved, said yesterday (Monday) it would seek immediate approval to start building the southern half of the pipeline that runs from Oklahoma to Texas. That segment doesn't need a presidential permit because it doesn't cross a U.S. border.

    TransCanada said the southern portion of the Keystone oil pipeline will allow Midwest oil to reach Gulf Coast refineries. There is currently a glut of oil produced in that region.

    "Gulf Coast refineries can then access lower-cost domestic production and avoid paying a premium to foreign oil producers," TransCanada CEO Russ Girling said Monday.

    The pipeline will carry light crude oil produced in North Dakota, Montana, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas. It will cost $2.3 billion and be completed in 2013. It will also create about 4,000 construction and support jobs.

    TransCanada also said it would reapply for the full Keystone oil pipeline construction - a hot button issue in this election year.

    Why President Obama Rejected the Keystone Oil Pipeline

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  • The Ultimate Fate of the Keystone Pipeline The Obama Administration last week decided not to approve the Keystone XL pipeline.

    This has introduced another political firestorm into an already uncertain market.

    If there is one subject that is likely to stimulate more angst over economic recovery prospects, it is the availability of energy.

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