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    Gas prices across the nation are on track to sink below $2 a gallon by the end of January for the first time since March 25, 2009.

    Twenty-five states and more than 50% of U.S. gas stations averaged sub-$2 a gallon gas prices on Jan. 20 according to AAA. The average U.S. gas price could fall to $1.95 - or even lower - "over the next few weeks."

    And so for the first time in almost six years, many American motorists will joyfully watch local gas station prices tick under $2. They'll also save an estimated $750 on average at the pump in 2015 compared to last year, according to GasBuddy.

    In fact, the last time gas prices were this low...

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Saudi Dynasty After King Abdullah: A Visual Guide

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Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz passed away late Thursday at age 90 after a short illness. His death triggered the biggest challenge to the Saudi dynasty in 50 years...

You see, the founder of the Saudi state, King Abdulaziz ibn Saud, decreed only that his first son would inherit the throne. Over the six decades that have followed King Abdulaziz ibn Saud's rule, succession has passed from brother to brother, almost always in order of their age.

But the last of the current line of 35 brothers will soon die out completely.

That means for the first time in Saudi history, the throne will be passed to the third generation of the family...

SBUX, DWA Big Movers in the Stock Market Today

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Stock market today, January 23, 2015: Stock market futures for Friday, Jan. 23, forecasted a 46-point decline from yesterday's close.

The S&P 500 and Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) soared Thursday on news the European Central Bank (ECB) has launched a massive QE bond-purchasing program. The U.S. dollar hit an 11-year high against the euro on the news.

Today, investors will continue to celebrate the stimulus plans of the ECB. They'll watch for earnings reports from a number of high-profile American companies.

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 Friday...

Why the Price of Oil Surged on Wednesday

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The price of oil rose dramatically Tuesday, posting its best one-day performance since 2012. All of this occurred in a market with oversupply concerns still unresolved and a continuing host of short artists poised to pummel futures prices at any opportunity.

So, if the environment remains essentially the same, why the rise in prices?

Here's why - in addition to where oil prices are headed next...

Stock Market Futures Dip on Swiss Fallout, FXCM Down 91%

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Friday, Jan. 16, forecasted an 86-point decline from yesterday's close.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) and the S&P 500 both declined for the fifth consecutive trading session Thursday, while one of the most shocking currency decisions in recent history hammered global equity markets: the Swiss National Bank abandoned its current economic policy that prevents the euro/Swiss franc exchange rate from falling below 1.20.

Today, fallout continues as news of the Swiss currency policy reversal reverberates across the markets. The Swiss franc surged as much as 39% against the euro and U.S. dollar on Thursday, and pushed gold prices to a four-month high. The decision could have a profound impact on investment banks and hedge funds that held puts on the nation's currency.

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 Friday...

RadioShack (NYSE: RSH) Dives 30%, Headlines Stock Market Today

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Good morning! The stock market today (Thursday, Jan. 15) is headlined by RadioShack (NYSE: RSH). RSH stock fell 30% premarket.
Today, investors will react to a slew of earnings reports from three large financial institutions and Nasdaq component Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC). On the data side, jobless claims will remain in focus, in addition to an important update to the Philadelphia Fed Survey. Consensus estimates call for 295,000 new jobless claims for the week ending January 10.

Low Oil Prices in 2015 Will Make the Oil Industry Stronger

Low oil prices Low oil prices may have a silver lining, after all. Without a doubt, oil stocks have taken a pasting in recent months as oil prices have plunged more than 50%. But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience, views such turmoil not with dread, but optimism. […]

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Crude Oil Prices Today: The Other Side of the "Glut"

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The pundits continue to hawk the same reasons for the fall in crude oil prices today.

These are always "spearheaded" by comments about surging global supply led by the onslaught of unconventional (tight and shale) oil production in the United States.

Invariably, what's missed by these "TV sages" are the pricing dynamics kicking in that virtually guarantee an increase in oil prices as we move into 2015.

Just take a look...

Stock Market Futures in the Green While Oil Slides Another 3%

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Good morning! Stock market futures for Tuesday, Jan. 13, forecasted a 74-point gain over yesterday's close. In the last session, the Dow Jones plunged 96 points after crude oil prices crashed more than 4%.

Today, investors will react to the kickoff of earnings season. Watch for reports from KB Home (NYSE: KBH), Kinder Morgan Inc. (NYSE: KMI), and CSX Corp. (NYSE: CSX).

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 Tuesday...

Benefit at the Pump, and in the Market, from Low Oil Prices

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Crashing oil prices are certainly one of the biggest stories of the past six months.

Indeed, as the price of crude continues to drop, currently hovering just under a once-unthinkable $50 per barrel price, the issue is sure to be in the news well into the foreseeable future.

But the issue goes beyond simply lower prices, and it spawns some even bigger questions: 

Are supply and demand really the drivers at work? Is it political warfare above all? How will global markets react when prices rebound?

One way or another, the implications of much lower oil prices are huge, and will impact markets, industries, and sectors across the board throughout the coming year.

All of which leaves investors wondering what to do next, and how to play this changing-by-the-day industry.

There's no time like the present to take a look at the potential pitfalls, and the emerging opportunities, that this disruption brings... and to let you know about a medium-risk way to play it for near-term profits.

The Best Oil ETFs to Buy Before Crude Rebounds in 2015

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Best oil ETFs to buy now: Crude oil prices have dropped to their lowest prices since 2009, falling below $50 a barrel this month, after reaching $115 a barrel in June.

But Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors says oil prices are near a bottom, and will rebound in 2015.

"As the most fluid commodity in the world, crude oil has the ability to quickly self-correct, which is why longtime oil veterans aren't worried about falling prices,” Moors said. "In fact, the vast majority of them (including myself) actually expect oil prices to climb next year."

These oil ETFs are trading at a huge discount now, but won’t for long…

Current Crude Oil Prices: $50 "Limit" for Brent

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Current crude oil prices in the United States were on pace for a two-day winning streak Thursday amid modest gains.

In early afternoon trading, WTI prices were up $0.04, or 0.08%, to $48.69 a barrel. Brent crude, meanwhile, was lower by $0.25, or 0.49%, to $50.91 just after noon.

Here's a closer look at today's oil prices - as well as why the current oil price story is still ugly, at least for now...

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