The global oil market in 2013 was dominated by geopolitical disruptions, a huge boom in U.S. domestic production, and double-digit gains for energy investors. As a group, energy stocks rose 18%. And a handful of the quality shares, including several recommended by Dr. Kent Moors, doubled.
If this is Thursday, it must be...Brazil.
I returned home late last night from Baltimore where we were putting the final touches on one of the best energy investments yet, a huge new precedent-setting play we'll be releasing very shortly.
But my wife Marina and I are now into a very hectic travel schedule.
Hardly anybody is talking about this. The world's two oil benchmarks are moving in opposite directions. The price of crude in New York is going south, while the price in London is heading north. It's a rare disconnect that can lead directly to profits -
The temptation of exploiting Arctic oil has drawn China to the global race – and these strategic moves could put the aggressive country in the lead.
Energy prices, particularly oil and natural gas, are no longer a direct driver of inflation. Oil and gas prices have been resilient in the absence of inflation.
The deeper reason for the upward move in prices has been the Fed's easy money and low interest rate policies.
The latest annual Statistical Review of World Energy from energy giant BP PLC pointed out how the U.S. energy landscape has changed in just a few short years - which changes how to invest in oil for maximum profits.
In the Review, BP said that the expansion of both oil and natural gas production in the United States was the fastest in the world in 2012.
In fact, U.S. oil production in 2012 grew at the quickest pace since BP began keeping track of the global oil scene in 1965.
The increase of about one million barrels per day was due, of course, to the exploitation of unconventional sources such as shale and tight oil.
Pair the increasing production numbers with where oil prices will be trading in the near term, and we get a clearer picture of how to invest in oil in 2013... here's why.
Right now nearly 70% of the existing energy pipelines in the U.S. are more than 35 years old. They will need to be replaced - and soon. That means these specialty companies are about to pop in a big way.
According to some prognosticators, the world is going to end. And just before that happens, you are going to lose all your money in the energy market. Why? They rely on three misguided arguments. Here's what they are and why they're wrong.
This week I'd like to talk about how this key metric affects the balance of your energy investment portfolio.
Now, this is certainly not the only element in determining preferable stock moves, but it's critical that you know the EROEI because it could make you a lot of money.
Recognizing the real elements that determine the genuine cost of energy production, EROEI is becoming an important factor in estimating profit margins.
And those margins certainly influence the performance of a stock as we've seen all across the energy value chain in recent months.
EROEI refers to the amount of energy used to produce energy.
If this ratio produces a figure of 1.0, EROEI is telling us that it takes one barrel of oil equivalent to produce one barrel as a result.
Anything under 1.0 means that more energy is consumed in the production process than is gained as an end product.
EROEI has the advantage of being a useful yardstick throughout the energy curve - from upstream production sites (wellheads, generating facilities) through midstream (gathering, transit, storage and initial processing) to downstream (refineries, terminals, wholesale and retail distribution, end use).
Some applications of EROEI are already in wide usage, although we don't tend to think about them in these terms. Energy-efficiency ratings on appliances, heating and cooling systems, windows, or building supplies are an application at the end of the energy curve.
But how can we use this to fine-tune an investment portfolio?
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