Oil Prices

Why Bakken Shale Stocks Will Continue to Get Crushed

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Crude oil prices have fallen precipitously for five straight months. Since June, West Texas Intermediate (WTI) has dropped 29.3%.

And Bakken Shale stocks have been taking the brunt of that price collapse.

But low oil prices aren't the only problems for Bakken shale stocks. In fact, there are three major problems with Bakken oil that are getting worse because of falling prices...

The Economic Fallacy of Lower Oil Prices Will Hit Consumers Right Here…

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Media elites and Wall Street cheerleaders are greeting lower oil prices with open arms. 

Investors should beware these self-appointed experts bearing gifts.

Oil prices are falling for reasons that should be surprising to nobody: supply has been rising and demand has been falling.  If prolonged, which it is likely to be, the drop in oil prices is going to be destabilizing geopolitically and damaging economically. 

For those who want to believe in a magical economic rebirth as the price of oil falls, well, good luck with that.

My view is distinctly different, and it demands we look at the whole economic picture as it is, not as others want. It's time for some hard truths...

What's Next for Crude Oil Prices and Stocks After OPEC Meeting

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Last week's OPEC meeting in Vienna, Austria, was billed as the most important gathering of the cartel in years, with huge implications for crude oil prices.

The meeting's importance was felt almost immediately. After OPEC nations announced they would not cut oil production, oil prices plummeted. WTI crude oil is now down 37.8% from June and Brent oil is down nearly 40%.

Here's what investors can expect from oil prices moving forward, and the best strategy for oil stocks now...

OPEC's Impact on Oil Prices: An Exclusive from the "Inside"

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At the OPEC meeting in Vienna last week, the cartel decided to maintain oil production levels. WTI crude oil prices fell to $63.72 in the aftermath. That's a 37.8% drop since June.

Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors is in Dubai this week meeting with some of the world's top oil policymakers.

Here's his inside look at OPEC's impact on oil prices...

These Shale Oil Stocks Will Survive Lower Crude Prices

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With the price of crude oil plummeting 14% last week and the prospects for a glut running high, most investors are running away from all shale oil stocks now.

Because shale oil costs more to produce than conventional oil, investors have good reason to worry about the impact of lower crude oil prices on shale oil stocks.

But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald says selling everything isn't the answer. In fact, he says investors should be looking for the long-term winners.

For two of Fitz-Gerald's favorite shale oil stocks, watch this video...

This Country's Huge "Pricing Error" Will Send These Shares Soaring

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"They couldn't possibly be that stupid"...

That's what my friend John, a London-based trader, said when I called him to verify that he saw what I was seeing on my own trading screens here in the wilds of Oregon.

It was Tuesday morning, November 4, and nearly everything in the energy complex was red.

November West Texas crude oil had dropped to $87.31/barrel, while Brent crude oil set a new two-year low at $91.53. Prices have since dropped to four-year lows of around $75 and $78, respectively.

They could fall even further - all because Saudis started another oil price war.

OPEC's largest oil producer had just announced that they were cutting oil prices for customers in the United States. The idea is to squeeze margins on U.S. shale production to where it's not profitable to produce.

Naturally, the Saudis fiercely deny the notion of a price war. But you don't have to be a genius to read between the lines.

The Saudis are very frustrated that they are losing control over pricing power they've held for decades. It's annoying them to no end. So, they're fighting back the only way they know how in an attempt to shift the balance back in their favor - by starting a price war with the United States. Unbelievably, they think they can win!

My take is that the Saudis have just made the biggest strategic "pricing error" in the kingdom's history. And, in doing so, they've actually cleared the way for America's shale energy boom and opened up a killer opportunity for this month's recommendation, in particular...

How the OPEC Meeting "Showdown" Will Affect Crude Oil Prices

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As the price of oil continues to fall, all eyes are on the OPEC meeting scheduled for tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 27).

The biggest decision for the 12 member nations is whether to curb production. That would be done in an effort to stabilize global oil prices.

Here's the impact the various outcomes of tomorrow's meeting would have on crude oil prices...

Crude Oil Prices: A Billionaire Insider Just Made a Bold Bet

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A very dramatic development in the oil market took place last week. It involved a well-known insider and a bullish bet on crude oil prices.

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources (NYSE: CLR), announced that his company - a major producer in U.S. unconventional oil basins - had unwound its hedge positions.

In a single bold move, Hamm had made one of the biggest bets ever on rising oil prices - here's why...

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

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

It follows from the traditional assumption that renewables like these 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 massive government subsidies to both producers and end users to get off the ground.

Some states even introduced legal measures that required that utilities buy a certain percentage of their energy needs only from renewables.

All of this only added to the wider perception that renewables couldn't truly contend, especially if oil and natural gas prices fell.

But those days are now rapidly 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...

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