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    Oil prices continued to fall this week but stock markets shrugged off the disarray this continued to cause in global markets after Janet Yellen whispered soothing words in their ears after the Fed's last meeting of the year on Wednesday. Mrs. Yellen has become a "bull whisperer" - fearful of upsetting the equity market, she cloaks her words in indirection and equivocation in an effort to keep them calm as she prays for an economic lift-off that will take her institution off the hook.

    Unfortunately, her patient is likely to be very disappointed, for it would take an economic miracle the likes of which hasn't been seen in this country since the years after the Second World War to deal with the mountain of existing debt and future liabilities that are going to bury us.

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Oil Prices

Oil Prices: Black Swan or the Work of Vultures?

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Over the past few of days, three separate prognosticators have claimed the fall in oil prices is a "black swan" event - in other words, an outlier, a development that fails to follow any normal pattern.

This isn't a black swan, but calling it one may be a good way of clouding up what really is happening.

In this case, there's another motive at work - and the black swan becomes a convenient cover...

Tesla Stock Price Falls – and Oil Prices Aren't the Big Problem

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The Tesla stock price opened at $212.38 today (Thursday), meaning the stock has fallen 27.1% since the all-time it hit in September.

TSLA stock's dip has coincided with the plummet in crude oil prices. At this week's five-year low of $53.60 a barrel, WTI crude oil is now down 47.7% in the last six months. Brent oil trades just above $61 a barrel today. The global benchmark priced over $110 a barrel this summer.

And while falling oil prices are being blamed for TSLA's drop, there's another more important reason the stock is down...

Energy News Today Focused on Tense U.S.-China Solar Dispute

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Energy news broke yesterday (Tuesday) when the U.S. Commerce Department imposed steep tariffs on solar panels imported from China and Taiwan.

Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors made one of his regular appearances on CCTV last night and told viewers what to expect as tensions mount between the two nations.

He also discussed the current state of solar power in the United States, as well as the evolving relationship between solar energy and crude oil prices. Take a look...

Crude Oil Prices and the Coming of the Second Arab Spring

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During the first Arab Spring, some countries were able to avoid the unrest by buying off their populations with goodies. But today in those countries, unemployment is increasing and alternatives to centrally subsidized survival are disappearing.

That's because this untenable balance has been sustained by the price of oil. As long as oil flowed, net outflows from the national coffers could be sustained.

Falling crude oil prices mean that balance is ending - and the prospect of renewed violence is making a big comeback.

Oil Price Forecast 2015 Brings One of the Best Opportunities in Years

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Oil Price Forecast 2015: After hovering around $110/barrel for the first eight months of the year, oil prices have tumbled by 45% into the $60 to $65/barrel range.

In fact, in mid-December, oil prices dipped as low as $56 a barrel, a level not seen since May 2009 during the worst of the "Great Recession."

But according to the 2015 oil price forecast by Money Morning Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, the worst of the price crash is likely over.

"Oil," Dr. Moors says, "is very near a bottom."

Now here's how investors can profit...

OPEC News: Collapse of the Cartel Is Near

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There's more OPEC news today after the 12-nation oil cartel announced again that it will not be cutting production in the face of falling oil prices.

According to Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, these actions will spell the end of the cartel. You see, OPEC is fighting a battle it simply can't win.

Here are the three major reasons we're about to see the end of OPEC...

The Rushing Bear Market and How to Prepare

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Oil prices plunged to their lowest prices in five years last week after the International Energy Agency (IEA) downgraded its forecast for global oil demand for the fifth time in six months.

The IEA report told markets that global growth will remain weak in 2015, triggering an across-the-board sell-off in stocks and junk bonds on Friday that left the major indices with some of their worst percentage losses in three years.

Unfortunately, stocks are still trading within a few percentage points of record highs reached only a week ago and remain severely overvalued in the context of seriously deteriorating economic fundamentals.

Investors that were complacently expecting stocks to melt up to "Dow 18,000" and "S&P 2,100" by year-end are now facing a the much grimmer reality of a correction and even the potential of a bear market in 2015.

This Crude Oil Chart Shows Which Countries Are Reeling

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This crude oil chart shows just how hard the steady oil price slump has hit OPEC countries.

Oil is the foundation of OPEC countries' economies. Their budgets feel a tremendous strain when crude oil prices fall as dramatically as they have.

Brent oil for January delivery traded at $64.59 at noon today (Thursday). That's a drop of more than 41% from the $110 mark Brent hit in June.

Crude Oil Prices Today Approach Historic Bear Market Level

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Crude oil prices today (Wednesday) plummeted again after the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) reported an increase in U.S. oil supplies.

The EIA reported that U.S. supplies were up by 1.5 million barrels in the week ending Dec. 5. Analysts had been expecting a drop of 3 million barrels.

With oil prices at $60.63, we're quickly approaching the third-largest bear market for oil in the last 30 years...

Crude Oil Price Chart: This Is the 4th-Largest Drop in 30 Years

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West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil dropped to $63.38 yesterday (Monday). At that level, the price of oil is now down more than 42% since September of 2013.

As this crude oil price chart shows, that's the fourth-largest bear market for oil in the last 30 years.

And while this isn't the biggest drop for oil, it is the longest bear market among the top five dips.

Here's the full story...

OPEC Oil Price War Won't Be Successful

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In a highly publicized meeting last month, OPEC announced it would maintain high production levels in an attempt to disrupt U.S. shale oil producers.

But the OPEC oil price war simply won't work says Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors. He's been meeting with some of the world's top oil policymakers in Dubai this month and has been analyzing OPEC's strategy.

Moors appeared on Bloomberg TV in London this morning (Monday) and explained why OPEC is fighting a losing battle. He also detailed what the fair market price for crude oil is right now...

Stock Market Futures Down Today on New Oil Price

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Good morning! Stock market futures today forecast a 59-point decrease from Friday's close on concerns about growth in Japan and a lackluster oil price forecast.

What to watch today: Investors will keep an eye on oil prices after Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) slashed its oil forecast through the year 2019. The investment bank predicted that the global energy markets would hit its oversupply peak in the second quarter of 2015, fueled by OPEC's decision not to reduce production.

Here's the other stock market news you need today - including your "Money Morning Tip of the Day" - to make it a profitable Monday...

Crude Oil Prices and the Coming Fall of OPEC

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Every 10 or 20 years a series of watershed events come together that change the face of the international energy picture.

The Saudi-led war on crude oil prices is one of these pivotal situations.

And while others fret about what the OPEC production move means, I'm actually meeting with the guys who made the decision.

I can tell you that what's unfolding here in the desert will have a decisive impact on producers, end users, and government/corporate policymakers worldwide.

Of course, I've been involved in a fair share of all of this for over 40 years, from both the public and private sector side.

Much of that is coming together in my current slate of meetings with some of the most powerful people in the energy world.

What I learn in these gatherings will allow everyday investors to make some heavy money as these pivotal changes kick in...

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