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Crude Oil Price Drop to $44.78 Brings Us Near Decade Lows

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The crude oil price drop today (Tuesday) fell to its lowest in five years. Both WTI and Brent oil are down 59% since June 2014.

If this trend continues, oil will be the lowest in a decade.

Here's where prices are headed now...

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...

Current Price of Oil Per Barrel: $45.90

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The current price of oil per barrel today (Monday) showed no sign of breaking its downward spiral. The long-suffering energy sector caused widespread losses in the U.S. equity market.

Late Monday morning, both WTI oil and Brent oil hit new six-year lows.

Here's where prices are headed now...

Dow Jones Today Sheds 96 Points on This Oil Price News

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The Dow Jones today plunged 96 points after crude oil prices crashed more than 4% this afternoon. With Saudi Arabia unwilling to cut production, oversupply concerns continue to cripple the price of oil.

The CBOE Volatility Index (VIX), the market's fear gauge, was up more than 11% on the day.

Here's a look at what moved the Dow today...

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...

Stocks to Buy When Oil Is Low – and Stocks to Avoid

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With cheap crude oil prices, investors are pondering which stocks to buy when oil is low.

Money Morning Technical Trading Strategist D.R. Barton told viewers of FOX Business' "Varney & Co." today (Thursday) he isn't crazy about oil given the recent slide. But he's also aware that investment prospectuses and investors looking to diversify will still be drawn to the sector.

One oil giant stands out. And another should be avoided. Here's what those companies are.

Today's Oil Prices Spell Profit for These Energy Players

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Getting started this year took a bit longer than usual.

When I returned home from the Bahamas, I had to hook up an entirely new system of computers and peripherals. To top it off, everything is in a new version of Windows.

Talk about a monopoly! After a few beers, I would be happy to tell you what I really think of it.

Finally, things are now getting back to normal.

Of course, the oil price "Grinch" is still with us. He outstayed his welcome weeks ago, but with the shorts still driving oil prices lower he's decided to extend his stay.

And as the first two trading sessions this week have shown, the instability in the energy sector remains as well.

But as I'll show you, it's not all bad news.

For one portion of the industry, lower oil prices actually mean higher profits...

Oil Prices Today Still Near Five-Year Lows

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Oil prices today (Wednesday) edged up slightly after dipping to their lowest levels since April 2009 on Tuesday.

Early Wednesday, WTI oil prices dropped below $47 a barrel, their lowest level in more than five years. But at 9:45 EST, the U.S. benchmark rose to $48 for February delivery.

Here's why crude oil prices were on the rise this morning and where they are headed now...

DJIA Today: What's Behind Monday's 331-Point Plunge

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DJIA Today, Jan. 5, 2015: The Dow dropped 331 points Monday as oil prices slumped and investors sold off on concerns about increased geopolitical tensions in Greece.

The S&P 500 fell 1.8% on the day. It's the first time since 2008 that the S&P 500 has fallen more than 1% on the first or second trading day of the year.

Here's a look at the top stories from the stock market today...

Oil Stocks to Buy Now That Prices Are Low

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Big-name oil stocks have taken a beating since June.

ExxonMobil Corp. (NYSE: XOM) is down 12.6% in the last seven months. Other oil giants like Chevron Corp. (NYSE: CVX) and ConocoPhillips (NYSE: COP) are down 18% and 22.8% in the same time.

But according to Money Morning's Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, the fall won't last forever.

And these stocks will be the biggest winners when oil prices start rebounding...

Northern Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: NOG) Is Our "Unloved" Stock Pick of the Week

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Money Morning's "unloved" pick of the week is oil and gas explorer and producer Northern Oil and Gas Inc. (NYSE: NOG).

An unloved investment is one that's been beaten down - but is actually a great value. Investors then get an amazing entry point into a good long-term investment.

With the recent plunge in oil prices, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald has been on the lookout for beaten-down bargains. And he believes NOG stock fits the bill.

A closer look at Northern Oil and Gas stock shows why it's tremendously oversold...

The Early Read on 2015 Markets

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For the first time since 2008, stocks traded down on the last trading day of the year and the first trading day of the New Year.

Whether this will prove to be a mere statistical curiosity or a harbinger of troubles ahead remains to be seen, but there are enough headwinds facing investors to force them to don foul weather gear for the year ahead.

Markets are likely to see heavy seas in 2015 as the Fed starts raising interest rates and oil prices stay lower for longer than anybody expects... 

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