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How M&A Will Send Oil and Gas Stocks Higher in 2015

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Oil and gas stocks will gain momentum in 2015 as M&A activity heats up and energy prices rebound.

The process will result in a new group of heavyweight companies that will rule the energy market.

Here's what you need to know about the biggest deals so far this year - including the largest merger of the decade...

Iran Nuclear "Deal" Won't Drive Oil Down

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Here at Money Morning we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Kent Moors, Money Map Press' Global Energy Strategist, for a quick chat about oil.

Kent had taken time out of his frequent world travels - scoping out the latest global energy profit developments - to stop by our HQ in Baltimore.

Here's what he told us about his "ground level" view of the real impact recent geopolitical events in Iran will have on the price of oil.

It's not what most experts think...

Demand Is Surging in the Oil Market, Pointing to Higher Prices Ahead

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As the oil market focuses on the supply side and the possibility of reaching a nuclear deal in Iran grows, something else has been developing in crude.

Worldwide demand is beginning to surge.

In fact, it's not just surging - it's accelerating. Here's why that's happening and when to look for higher prices ahead...

Oil Price Forecast 2015: Where the Market Goes from Here

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Oil Price Forecast 2015: Crude oil futures for May delivery moved higher today (Tuesday) in the wake of bullish inventory data.

Although prices are coming off a bad first quarter, they're expected to have a strong rebound into the second quarter and beyond.

Here's our analysis on where oil prices are headed in 2015...

This U.S. Oil Rig Count Chart Shows How Lower Prices Impact Drillers

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This U.S. oil rig count chart shows the massive impact falling oil prices have had on oil drillers.

Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI) reported today (Thursday) that the number of oil rigs in the United States dropped to 802 last week. It was the 17th straight week of declines as 11 rigs shuttered operations.

Here's the dramatic affect that low oil prices are having on the industry...

These 3 Charts Put the Crude Oil Price History in Perspective

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It's no surprise that we're experiencing one of the worst slumps in crude oil price history.

But the good news is oil prices have already bottomed out. As prices move higher, oil will stay crucial - but it won't rule the market like it used to.

These charts illustrate where oil has been - and where it's going...

MCD to Raise Pay, WMT Slumps, and Other Stock Market News Today

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Stock market news today, Thursday, April 2, features a big wage announcement from MCD, a WMT stock sell-off, GoDaddy's second day on the New York Stock Exchange, and more.

U.S. stock futures forecasted a 12-point retreat from yesterday's close.

Here are your pre-market movers, stocks to watch, and top stock market news in the stock market today...

Whose Stock Is the Next Apple?


Will the oil sanctions on Iran be lifted? That's the big question in the news today - and the markets are reacting. During his latest appearance on Fox Business, Shah talks with host Stuart Varney about what might happen to oil prices if those sanctions are removed.

He also has some thoughts on a stock whose beaten-down price he sees as a buying opportunity.

Why This Popular Crude Oil ETF Is Not the Best Way to Play the Rebound

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Oil prices are on the rise to end March. On March 26 WTI oil hit a high of $52.46. That's a 19% climb from the lows it hit just two weeks ago.

And as the price of oil rises, shares of the United States Oil Fund LP (NYSE: USO) are climbing too. The crude oil ETF is up 9% since March 18.

You see, investors are flooding into this oil ETF as a way to play rebounding oil prices.

But for long-term investors, buying shares of this crude oil ETF is not a good strategy for playing oil's rebound. And there is one big reason why...

With Yemen Burning, Arab Spring II Is Underway

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The worsening crisis in Yemen has provided a stark reminder of the immediate impact geopolitical events can have on oil prices.

I was asked to provide my analysis on CNBC's "Closing Bell" on Thursday afternoon, and to discuss the impact the crisis will have on oil prices.

Because this crisis is already having a big impact on the price of crude...

The Five Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now

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Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now: For the past three months, oil prices have hovered at their lowest levels since the financial crisis.

But they're are headed higher this year - and there are still plenty of profitable gems in the oil sector.

Here's a roundup of the best oil stocks to buy now as the market stabilizes throughout the year...

Stock Futures Today Edging Lower

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Good morning! Stock futures today (Friday, March 27) forecasted a 10-point retreat from yesterday's close. On Thursday, The DJIA managed to bounce back from early triple-digit losses but still closed down 39 points, notching its fourth consecutive drop.

This morning, it's all about fourth-quarter GDP. The U.S. Commerce Department will release its final estimate on GDP for the last quarter of 2014. Economists expect the final level to tick up to 2.4% growth over the quarter.

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...

How Will the Yemen Crisis Affect Oil Prices?

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As violence escalates in the Middle East, one question is on energy investors' minds - how will the Yemen crisis affect oil prices?

The event could imply an "Arab Spring II" due to low oil prices right now.

Here's where oil is headed by July...

Oil Prices Rise as Yemen Burns


The crisis in Yemen has provided a stark reminder of the immediate impact geopolitical events can have on oil prices.

In the wake of the Saudi-led airstrikes, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) jumped over 6% in less than 18 hours. Meanwhile, Brent climbed more than 5%.

Now Iran is warning of bloodshed as the crisis takes a turn for the worse. According to Dr. Kent Moors, this situation has "all the hallmarks of a bloodbath just waiting to happen."

Kent was asked to provide his timely analysis on CNBC's Closing Bell to discuss the impact this massive crisis will have on oil prices.

Why Crude Oil Prices Today Are Rising

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Why crude oil prices today are rising, 3/26/2015: Crude oil futures kept moving higher this morning in response to escalating violence in the Middle East.

Both WTI and Brent prices were up today after Saudi Arabia launched airstrikes across Yemen.

Here's why the conflict is causing oil to surge today...

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