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Why the Saudis Are Cutting Oil Prices

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On Oct. 1, Saudi Aramco, the state-run oil producer of the world's biggest exporter, cut prices for all its exports, reducing prices for Asia to the lowest level since 2008.

By cutting oil prices rather than export volume, Saudi Arabia has signaled it is now ready for a potentially costly price war.

Why Oil Is Down Today

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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…

The Best Way to Profit from Crude Oil Prices Right Now

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Making money in the energy sector is no longer pegged to higher crude oil prices. In today's environment, it's more about where a company drills, how it manages its assets and operations, and the broader flow of supply and demand.

It's also about selecting companies that are built to weather the inevitable dips in the price of crude.

And there are plenty of them out there…

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…

Oil Prices Today: Three Key Factors the Pundits Are Missing

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Several pundits attributed yesterday's spike in oil prices to the recognition that the fight against ISIS in Iraq-Syria will be a long one. As usual, the 30-second TV wonders missed the boat.

Of course, the ongoing chaos in the Middle East is certainly a factor. To the extent that oil traders begin to calculate its impact into their risk models, there will be an effect.

However, when it comes to what actually moves oil prices, these three major price influences are more important…

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…

Price of Oil Edges Higher – Here’s What to Look for by End of 2014

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The price of oil has climbed slightly this week with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hitting an intra-week high of $95.17 for October delivery today (Friday).

Despite this week's price hike, WTI prices are still well below the three-year high of $105 a barrel they hit in June.

But even though prices have dropped the last two months doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods. The price of oil could still soar in a hurry…

The One "Great Danger" That Could Send Crude Oil Prices Much Higher

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Over the past several months, ISIS forces in Iraq have been selling oil from captured refineries on the black market in order to fund their terrorist activities and wreak havoc on the region.

Despite the crisis in Iraq, crude oil prices are down this month near $93 per barrel.

But Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says a "great danger" in the region could send crude oil prices much higher.

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How Crude Oil Prices Are Driven by the "Uncertainty Factor"

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Despite current geopolitical tension, crude oil prices have remained steady.

This dynamic tells us two things. First, traders are discounting the impact of geopolitical tensions in Ukraine, Gaza, and Iraq on overall availability. Second, other hotspots are having an immediate knock-on effect when it comes to crude supply.

Although the daily news does not seem to be adversely impacting the price of oil, we're not out of the woods yet. Here's why...

WTI Oil Prices Down This Week, But Headed Much Higher Long-Term

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WTI oil prices were down this morning (Wednesday) to a low of $97.06 for September contracts, after the Energy Information Administration (EIA) reduced its 2014 price forecast yesterday.

Citing increased oil production in the United States, the EIA dropped its 2014 forecast for WTI oil prices to $100.45 per barrel. In July, the EIA had projected a price of $100.98 per barrel.

But according to Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, oil prices will be heading much higher in the long-term.

Even if the short-term outlook on oil prices remains favorable…

Crude Oil Prices Are Headed Higher Thanks to These Two Global Events

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Two events this week indicate the situation in two global hotspots is getting worse, and both will have a significant impact on crude oil prices.

First, the Islamic State, the terrorist group formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, attacked the Mosul Dam. Second, the mayor of Kiev in Ukraine turned off the hot water.

Neither is a good sign, and each promises to shake up oil prices…

Crude Oil Prices Down Today, but Will Stay Inflated on International Tensions

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WTI crude oil prices for September delivery were down $1 today (Tuesday) to $100.67 per barrel, while Brent crude dropped $0.17 to $107.39 per barrel, despite the fact that geopolitical tensions in the Middle East and Russia remain.

Oil prices hit two-week highs last week as tensions in the Ukraine and the Middle East intensified.

While WTI crude oil prices are down from their 52-week high $106.64 from June (as the Iraq crisis escalated) the humanitarian and political crises taking place throughout the Middle East and Russia will continue to have an impact on oil prices moving forward…

Geopolitical Tensions Will Keep Driving Crude Oil Prices

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A bevy of geopolitical issues sent WTI (West Texas Intermediate) crude oil prices higher late Thursday, with prices peaking at $103.94 per barrel for August delivery just before 7:00 p.m. Today, crude oil prices have settled back down below $103 per barrel this morning.

Crude oil prices may be back down today, but they're still up nearly 15% from their $89.74 low in January.

According to Money Morning’s Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, here’s where they’re headed now…