Powered by the shale gas boom, LNG exports will be one of best investment opportunities of the decade. Even the most conservative estimates project the U.S. as providing between 6% and 8% of all LNG exports worldwide by 2020. But first
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As the rush to export liquefied natural gas (LNG) gathers steam, the Energy Advantage portfolio is primed for even bigger gains.
Make no mistake, LNG exports are now set to hand us one of the best investment opportunities of the decade.
That's a stunning reversal from just seven years ago, when everyone agreed the United States would be using LNG imports to meet 15% of its gas needs by 2020.
However, the unconventional shale boom (shale, tight, and coal bed methane) has changed everything we used to think about natural gas.
Now, even the most conservative Russian estimates acknowledge that the U.S. could be providing between 6% and 8% of all LNG exports worldwide by 2020.
In fact, Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) has already garnered no fewer than five huge, multi-billion dollar, 20-year contracts with some of the largest European and Asian importers.
But new developments have suddenly thrown up another hurdle that threatens to delay all of this economic promise.
Here's the countermove that's brewing in Washington, D.C…
Natural Gas Stocks 2014: As Russia's clash with Ukraine and the West boils on, pressure is mounting for the federal government to loosen export regulations on U.S. liquefied natural gas.
Currently, the U.S. exports natural gas to only a handful of countries, such as Canada. No U.S. LNG is exported to Europe.
That's mainly because the key factor in gaining the U.S. Department of Energy's blessing to export is whether or not the importing country has a free-trade agreement (FTA) with the United States.
The weather is taking a decidedly better turn here in London these past few days.
It's a good thing, because all of the talk currently in British circles is about the deteriorating situation in Ukraine.
These concerns involve the all-too-obvious geopolitical impacts of a Russian takeover of Crimea and perhaps a broader swath of Eastern Ukraine.
However, there is another matter that has a more immediate impact on Europe, especially if the temperatures start falling again.
You see, despite the Russian-controlled natural gas pipelines under the Baltic Sea to northern Germany (Nord Stream) and across Belarus to Poland, most of the Russian natural gas coming to the continent still passes across Ukraine - about 80% in fact.
And Europe is still reliant upon this energy flow despite attempts to diversify.
That means the longer the crisis between Russia and Ukraine remains unresolved, the higher the tension level among Europeans will be.
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LNG stocks have gotten a bump up as Russia's clash with Ukraine boils on. The conflict may open the door to rejuvenated liquefied natural gas (LNG) exports to Europe.
Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG) - an LNG stock we've been bullish on for quite some time - closed up 3.88% to $51.17 per share Tuesday. It's up 18.67% so far in 2014. Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) climbed 0.91% to $94.60, and 5.77% in 2014. Dominion Resources Inc. (NYSE: D) went up 1.02% to $69.29 per share, a 7.11% increase in 2014.
Cheniere reported a net loss attributable to common stockholders (basic and diluted) of $0.61 per share or $135.2 million for Q4. That compares to a net loss of $0.44 per share, or $94.3 million, for the previous year.
Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) is expected to double by 2025, and that has investors looking for the best LNG stocks to buy now.
But it's not just stock performance that can be enticing for LNG investors. Many LNG stocks offer their shareholders hefty dividend yields as well - some close to 7%.
Worldwide demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) has doubled since 2000, and for investors looking to enter this burgeoning market, LNG shipping stocks are a great play.
Global demand for LNG has doubled in the past 14 years, and is expected to double again by 2025. China alone expects to triple its current use of natural gas by 2020.
The broader markets had a dismal month of January - the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 5.3% and the S&P 500 dipped 3.6% - but these liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks all boasted strong returns.
The outlook for LNG stocks continues to look bright as well. Increased demand for natural gas in China, the increased supply of shale gas in the United States, and the high number of export facilities awaiting approval for construction in the United States are all bullish signs for LNG investors.
These five LNG stocks vastly outperformed the markets in January and have room to continue upward...
LNG companies like Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE: LNG), Chicago Bridge & Iron (NYSE: CBI), and Golar LNG Ltd (Nasdaq: GLNG) gained 609%, 149%, and 139% from January 2011 through January 2013, respectively.
We've been covering how companies that export liquefied natural gas are a good buy today - but investors can double their profits by also investing in the industry's shipping sector with Teekay LNG stock.
The Standard & Poor's 500 Index has climbed 41% in the past three years - but there's a group of stocks that is tearing past it as the outlook for their industry gets brighter.
I'm talking about liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks. Take a look at this LNG stock chart:
The best example of how developments in the liquefied natural gas export boom can boost LNG stock prices is Cheniere Energy Inc. (NYSE MKT: LNG) - which soared 118% over the past year.
That may be just the start of the fireworks for LNG stock prices - especially Cheniere.
Liquefied natural gas (LNG) stock analysis for 2014 shows even more potential upside for share prices than years past, as companies get closer to exporting.
That's because several already-approved LNG terminal projects, with a focus on energy-hungry Asian customers, will proceed this year.
With the U.S. set to begin exporting natural gas in 2015, many investors have put LNG stocks on their radar - and wisely so. But there's another way to play this energy revolution that's not so obvious. And there's one company in particular that is not just an alternative way to invest in the LNG boom,