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  • Geopolitical Tensions Will Keep Driving Crude Oil Prices crude oil prices

    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…
  • Commodities Prices 2014: The Halftime Report commodities prices

    After a disappointing 2013, commodities prices came roaring back, with returns for the first half of 2014 outperforming the S&P 500 by more than 4% and 10-year Treasury bonds by more than 6%.

    With money flowing back into commodities, the market is finally trying to reverse the downtrend that we've been up against since 2011.

    Now let’s take a look at how individual commodities – including gold, oil, and more – have fared during the first half of 2014...
  • What Thomas Piketty's Best Seller Has to Do with Investing in Energy

    No one would have ever thought that a 700-page book on economics like Thomas Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century would hit the best-seller lists and become a lightning rod for political controversy.

    What does Piketty's Capital in the Twenty-First Century have to do with making money in energy? A lot more than you might think.

    You can't make big money investing in energy without understanding how it works...
  • Are We Running Out of Oil? Empty fuel

    For many years, industry experts have been sounding the alarm that America, and the world, are about to run out of oil.

    Every expert who's predicted "the end of oil" has been wrong in the past. But with global energy consumption at an all-time high, and much of the world's economy dependent on oil, the question is: Are we running out of oil?

    Here's everything you need to know about today's oil market...
  • Profit from High Crude Oil Prices with These Secure, Under-the-Radar Stocks Kent Moors

    WTI crude oil prices for delivery in August were down slightly yesterday (Tuesday) to $103.43 a barrel, which was a $0.10 drop from Monday.

    And while crude oil prices are down from 52-week highs, they're still at inflated levels because of the crisis in Iraq.

    But that doesn’t mean investors can’t profit. Money Morning’s Dr. Kent Moors has found oil stocks to buy now that are profiting from foreign turmoil. In fact, the longer prices stay high, the better they will do…
  • Our Best Stocks to Buy List: New Top Picks in Bioscience, Energy, and More stocks to buy

    Best stocks to buy for the week ending July 4, 2014: Last week, we covered a "catalyst" that could spark a share-price rally for what is already one of the best stocks to buy, three recommendations to take advantage of rising oil prices, and a way to tap into big profits in an "other" bioscience niche that is less risky but highly lucrative.

    Get these, plus the top healthcare picks, dividend stocks, and more, in the full list of our best stocks to buy now.
  • The U.S. Oil Export Ban Is a Windfall for These Companies

    After more than four decades, it looks like America is getting back into the oil export business again.

    For the first time since the 1970s, Washington has opened the door to sending more U.S. crude abroad.

    Of course, the United States has been exporting oil products for some time now.

    In fact, America is now the largest exporter of products like gasoline, low-sulfur heating oil, and diesel fuel in the world.

    But until now, companies were hamstrung when it came to the raw material itself.

    Of course, there have been a few exceptions. Very heavy California crude, which has to be sold at a deep discount and for which there is not a ready domestic market, has received some permissions to export. In addition, a few tolling programs - where the raw material is exported out and finished products are imported back in - have been allowed.

    But for the lion's share of what is pumped out of the ground at American fields, the domestic market has long been the only option.

    This change in policy promises to open up new opportunities for investors... Full Story

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  • Here Are the Biggest Winners as the 40-Year Ban on U.S. Crude Oil Exports Ends crude oil

    After over four decades, it looks like America is getting back into the oil export business again.

    For the first time since the 1970s, Washington has opened the door to sending more U.S. crude oil abroad.

    And this change in policy promises to open up new opportunities for investors...
  • Why Crude Oil Prices Are Down Today – But Won't Stay There crude oil prices

    Crude oil futures ticked a tad lower Thursday as investors digested the supply and export outlook in Iraq, as well as demand prospects from the United States - but the dips are likely temporary.

    As Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors recently explained, prices further out on the futures curve are rising much more quickly than anticipated as worries mount over global supply and demand.

    Here’s what’s weighing crude oil prices down today… at least for now.
  • Gasoline Prices Are Headed to $4 Per Gallon… and Here's Why

    Futures prices for both crude and gasoline were down yesterday. Unfortunately, that barely tells the real story.

    Thanks to the growing Sunni insurrection and the rapid unraveling of the Shiite government in Baghdad, you can bet that prices for both crude and gasoline will be making the headlines over the next two months.

    As the next-month rates (August 2014) fell in yesterday's trade, oil prices as far out as December 2018 began to spike.

    Here's why yesterday's drop in prices is just the pause before the storm...
  • Dow Jones Today Moving on These Top Stories BNPQY, SBUX, AAP, Dow Jones Today, stock market today, Dow, Dow Jones Industrial Average, DJIA, Dow Today, Dow Jones, DJIA Today, Dow Jones futures

    Dow Jones today, June 23, 2014: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit record highs on Friday, finishing the week on a positive note. U.S. crude-oil benchmark closed at its highest level in nine months as geopolitical tension continues to shake Iraq. Brent futures ended a seven-day streak, finishing below $115 a barrel.

    This morning, crude oil prices were again on the rise as battles between Sunni militants and Iraqi government troops continued, and the fight is fast approaching the nation's capital of Baghdad.

    Here's the news that will be moving the Dow Jones today:
  • Oil Prices Will Continue to Rocket

    Everyone wants to know why the price at the pump just keeps going higher.

    The last time I discussed this issue was in late April. Since then, pump prices in the United States have jumped more than 12%.

    Five years ago, the global oil market hit "panic" prices that ultimately exceeded $147 a barrel,

    There were two reasons for this...
  • Today's Stock Market News: Fresh Highs for Dow Jones, S&P 500, U.S. Oil Stock market news

    Stock market news, June 20: The Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 both hit record highs today (Friday), finishing out the week on a positive note. U.S. crude-oil benchmark closed at the highest level in nine months as geopolitical tension continues to shake Iraq. Brent futures ended a seven-day streak, finishing below $115 a barrel.

    Here's the scorecard from today's trading session:

    DOW: 16,951.51 (+0.18%)
    S&P 500: 1,962.91 (+0.18%)
    NASDAQ: 4,368.04 (+0.2%)

    And here are the top stories that affected the stock market today...
  • The Oil "Crisis Spike" Is Just Getting Started

    First there was the crisis in Ukraine. Then, seemingly out of nowhere, Iraq exploded into chaos again.

    Both testify to one simple truth about today's energy sector: Geopolitical factors are the quintessential wild cards when it comes to estimating energy prices.

    As for crude, prices have been subdued both yesterday and this morning following a crisis-related spike. But with two full-blown crises now looming, you can bet that's not going to last.

    Oil prices are now likely headed higher.

    In this case, supply and demand only works in the textbooks. These days, geopolitical events can quickly outdistance the "market-only" factors.

    That's especially true in Iraq, where insurgents of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) are still on the move...

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  • Crude Oil Prices Soaring on New Attacks in Iraq; Here's Where They're Headed 20140611_crude-oil-prices

    Crude oil prices are hovering near 52-week highs this morning (Wednesday), following news that Sunni militant fighters have attacked Iraq's main oil refinery in the city of Baiji.

    Importantly, today's attack does not impact export production or export routes, but that doesn't mean that the mounting crisis won't have a major impact on crude oil prices today.

    Here’s where oil prices are headed as this crisis continues to unfold...