Oil Prices

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... 

Crude Oil Price Charts Compare 2014 to 2008

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Oil hit its lowest point in more than five years this week, continuing 2014's huge drop. This WTI crude oil price chart and Brent oil chart show how large the oil crash of 2014 has been.

In June, WTI oil futures traded as high as $101.33 per barrel. This week they touched $52.51.
That's a drop of 48.2% in just six months.

Here's how that compared to another historic crash in oil prices...

Stock Market Futures Down on Falling Oil and Greek Political Turmoil

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Stock market futures today are down 15 points, falling on Greek political turmoil and a continued decline in oil prices.

Among the top stories in the market today are new numbers from the holiday season, including optimistic news on Apple devices and shipping delivery estimates from two industry giants.

Here's what else will be moving markets today (Tuesday)...

The Damage Caused By the Oil Bear Will Spread Far and Wide

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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: 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...

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