Oil Prices

Why Lower Oil Prices Won't Kill the Renewable Energy Boom

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Whenever oil prices drop, everyone wonders how it will affect wind and solar power.

It follows from the traditional assumption that renewables are only competitive when oil and natural gas prices are high. After all, the early stages of wind and solar power came with a hefty front-loaded price tag, requiring huge government subsidies to producers and end users to get off the ground.

But those days are coming to an end...

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...

As Crude Oil Prices Fall, These Drillers Benefit – Here's Why

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Thanks to the drop in crude oil prices, some TV pundits are now talking about the end of the "new" oil age. With oil now trading in a band between $80 and $88 a barrel, there's a "new normal" for crude.

But lower oil prices never hit everyone the same. The little-known truth is that, in some cases, lower crude oil prices actually make some companies even more attractive.

Let me explain...

Energy Sector Forecast: What to Expect After the Sell-Off

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With the stock market now roaring back, investors are left to wonder whether the worst is behind us - or if there's more pain yet to come.

While every segment of the market felt the brunt of the sell-off, energy seemed to drop with a vengeance... but it didn't last for long. As the market bottomed out, energy stocks led the recovery, posting big advances.

Here's what the latest market gyrations tell us about the energy sector...

Saudi Move to Cut Oil Prices Is Now Russia's Biggest Economic Threat

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Saudi Arabia has made headlines by cutting oil prices, not production. That move seems calculated to undercut the effect the United States has on global oil markets, even though that effect is indirect.

But make no mistake: Russia is the country that will suffer the most as oil prices drop.

Thanks to the Saudis, this could get ugly very quickly for Putin…

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 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…