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Why Crude Oil Futures Are Up After the Iran Deal

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Crude oil futures surprisingly surged higher today after Iranian negotiations finally culminated in a landmark nuclear deal.

The deal allows Iran to start exporting more oil, which analysts worry will flood the already oversupplied market.

But there's one fundamental reason why prices won't dip lower...

The Beginner's Guide to Investing in Oil

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Investing in oil can be a daunting venture for both professional and individual investors.

But prices are expected to be in the $60 to $73 range by mid-July - meaning now is the perfect time to jump into the oil trade.

Here are two different ways to begin investing in oil as it moves higher in 2015...

The Truth Behind This Week's Energy Headlines


It's been a momentous week in the oil industry...

Oil prices plunged 6%. U.S. crude stockpiles rose to record levels. The contest for market share within OPEC intensified, prompting rumors of a new oil cartel. And Europe's largest oil company settled the industry's biggest deal in at least a decade.

That's why CCTV-America brought in Dr. Kent Moors.

In the following video, Kent explains why oil price levels will rise over the long term, why oil producers aren't cutting back despite an oversupply, why the Saudis are putting pressure on OPEC, and why rumors of a new cartel are unfounded.

Plus, he shares his insights on the $70 billion Royal Dutch Shell/BG Group deal and why this won't be the only M&A deal in the near future.

These 3 Charts Put the Crude Oil Price History in Perspective

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It's no surprise that we're experiencing one of the worst slumps in crude oil price history.

But the good news is oil prices have already bottomed out. As prices move higher, oil will stay crucial - but it won't rule the market like it used to.

These charts illustrate where oil has been - and where it's going...

My Latest Read on the Oil Market (or Why It Gets Better from Here)

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American crude is flowing into the oil market, setting new records. But soon the shale-inspired oil glut will shrink.

We have a paradoxical situation playing out in the oil market. The supply side is, for once, no longer a worry. But U.S. production is climbing despite the glut.

Here's what the numbers say about the future of the oil market...

U.S. Stock Futures Take a Small Step Back on Greece, Oil Price Concerns

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Good morning! U.S. stock futures for Thursday, Feb. 19, forecasted a 20-point decrease from yesterday's close. Oil futures are down roughly 4%, and Greece-EU negotiations rage on.

On Wednesday, the Dow Jones slipped 17 points after the U.S. Federal Reserve released minutes from its January Federal Open Market Committee meeting. It seems the central bank is unlikely to raise interest rates in the near future.

Today, investors shifted focus back to Europe, and kept an eye on global crude oil prices. Greece's leftist government announced plans to submit a request to extend its loan agreement for another six months. The news raises hopes for a last-minute deal to keep the country's finances in order.

Here's what else you should know about the stock market today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Thursday...

Oil Prices Today Still Near Five-Year Lows

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Oil prices today (Wednesday) edged up slightly after dipping to their lowest levels since April 2009 on Tuesday.

Early Wednesday, WTI oil prices dropped below $47 a barrel, their lowest level in more than five years. But at 9:45 EST, the U.S. benchmark rose to $48 for February delivery.

Here's why crude oil prices were on the rise this morning and where they are headed now...

Oil Stocks to Buy Now That Prices Are Low

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Big-name oil stocks have taken a beating since June.

ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is down 12.6% in the last seven months. Other oil giants like Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) are down 18% and 22.8% in the same time.

But according to Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, the fall won't last forever.

And these stocks will be the biggest winners when oil prices start rebounding...

How to Invest in Oil Stocks as Prices Dip

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The price of oil has slipped consistently since June, dragging most oil stocks down with it.

In June, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hit a three-year high of $103.66 per barrel. By Tuesday, it closed at its lowest price in more than three years, at $77.19.

Here's a look at the oil stocks that should be avoided when prices are low, and some that are presenting excellent buying opportunities now...

Cutting Crude Oil Prices Is a "No-Win Situation" for Saudis

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Saudi Arabia is once again fueling a global oil feud by cutting crude oil prices. It's the second time in a month the kingdom has grabbed the headlines in the oil markets.

In its latest version, Saudi Aramco (the national oil company) has restored an earlier price cut to Asia, but reduced its price to U.S customers.

That means the Saudis are now trying to fight a crude oil war on three different fronts: against Russia in Asia; with OPEC's over-producers like Venezuela and Kuwait; and an escalating battle against U.S. unconventional (tight and shale) oil.

But its latest maneuver won't be enough to turn the tide...

Crude Oil Prices Are Tanking; Here's What to Expect and What to Do Now

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Crude oil prices were down sharply again this week, reaching their lowest prices since January 2012. 

Thursday, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil for November delivery dropped to $80.01 a barrel. That's a 23.4% dip from the three-year high it set in June. Brent oil prices were down 4.3% to $85.04 Tuesday. That was Brent's biggest one-day drop since September 2011.

Here’s why the price of oil took another big hit this week, and what investors can do now…

Why Oil Is Down Today


Why oil is down today: Crude oil prices continue to plummet today (Wednesday) as West Texas Intermediate dropped to $86.83 per barrel for November delivery on the New York Mercantile Exchange. That was WTI's lowest price since April 17, 2013.

Brent crude was trading at $91.51 per barrel just after 1:00 pm.

Here’s why crude oil prices have continued to drop dramatically over the past three months…

Why Oil Prices Are Falling Now

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Crude oil prices fell again early this morning (Thursday), as West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropped as much as 2.8% to $88.18 per barrel for November delivery. That's a 20% drop from the three-year highs WTI set in June, and just above the 52-week low of $87.85 futures contracts set in January.

Brent crude oil prices were down to $92.45 per barrel, or 1.8%, shortly after 9:30 a.m. today.

Here’s why crude oil prices have continued to drop dramatically over the past three months…

The Three Reasons Crude Oil Prices Are Tanking

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Crude oil prices tanked more than 3% today (Tuesday) with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude dropping to $90.85 shortly before 3:00 p.m. on news that OPEC's oil supply has reached its highest level in nearly two years.

Currently, WTI is trading just above its 52-week low of $87.85 that it set in January. According to MarketWatch, oil ended the quarter down 13%, which was its worst quarterly performance since 2012.

According to Money Morning’s Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, there are three distinct reasons oil prices keep dropping…

What Causes Crude Oil Prices to Rise

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Crude oil prices have had a volatile summer, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hitting a three-year high of $105.55 a barrel in June before settling back down near $92 this week.

Even with oil's volatility, investors can have a better idea of where the price of oil is headed if they know what causes oil prices to rise.

Money Morning’s Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says that “one of the most predictable patterns in the markets” is behind huge spikes in the price of oil…

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