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    My wife and I were just at a children's birthday party. You know, the kind where everyone gets together to sing "Happy Birthday," and then the adults drift off into their own groups to chat.

    Naturally, I fell in with a group of several wealth managers, and you'd better believe we started talking about the markets.

    When the subject turned to oil shares, you could have heard a pin drop.

    You see, some of those folks could be looking at a mighty lean year, depending on their oil exposure.

    But as we know, there's an opportunity to make money as share prices fall. Today I want to show you how to book a quick and easy 30% gain on some very big, very liquid oil shares, even as the stock tumbles down.

    It's the perfect energy play for markets like this...

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Do Halliburton Q2 Earnings Make HAL Stock a Buy?

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The Halliburton Q2 earnings report was released before markets opened this morning.

The second-largest oilfield services company in the world saw a 93% earnings loss as the oil price plunge continues to eat into the sector's profits.

Here's a breakdown of the report and what it means for HAL stock...

Where Is the Halliburton Stock Price Headed in 2015?

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The Halliburton stock price has beaten the S&P 500 energy sector by nearly 15% this year.

Although it had poor Q1 earnings, Halliburton's numbers were nowhere near as bad as most Big Oil companies.

Here's where the Halliburton stock price has moved compared to other notable oil firms...

Make a Killing on the Coming Energy "Debt Bubble"

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Following some nice recent gains and despite a dip on Tuesday, the market currently remains at just below $60 a barrel for West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil futures in New York.

The recent rise in prices would seem to be just what the smaller operators in the United States need to avoid a sector meltdown.

A few months back, when prices were pushing lows of $40 a barrel, there was widespread talk of a wave of bankruptcies coming in the oil patch. The picture is now better, given a recovery in crude prices.

But there is another shoe about to fall in the ongoing fight by smaller companies to survive...

The Two Best Oil Stocks to Buy Now

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Oil prices have fallen 35% in the last year - but there are still great oil stocks to buy now.

In fact, Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald recommends two that are set to surge from growing demand.

Here's why these two picks are going to profit from "chaos in the energy sector"...

What's Next for Big Oil Stocks in 2015 After Q1 Earnings?

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Last week's earnings for Big Oil stocks were a mixed bag.

The six Big Oil companies - BP, Exxon Mobil, Royal Dutch Shell, Total SA, and Chevron - all followed a similar pattern.

Here's how they performed last quarter - and how we think they'll perform the rest of the year...

The Beginner's Guide to Investing in Oil

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Investing in oil can be a daunting venture for both professional and individual investors.

But prices are expected to be in the $60 to $73 range by mid-July - meaning now is the perfect time to jump into the oil trade.

Here are two different ways to begin investing in oil as it moves higher in 2015...

Does the XOM Dividend Make Exxon Stock a Buy?

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Exxon Mobil Corp. dominates the world of Big Oil in terms of market cap and brand recognition.

The $364 billion company is widely embraced by income investors thanks mostly to the healthy XOM dividend.

Here's everything you need to know about the XOM dividend - and whether or not it's worth buying XOM stock...

3 Charts Show How Overvalued Some Oil Stocks Have Become

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The price of oil has climbed sharply in the last month. As of April 17, futures of WTI oil were priced as high as $56.81. That's a gain of more than 29% from their $44.03 bottom from mid-March.

Investors trying to play rebounding prices have flooded into oil stocks in the last month.

But investors trying to buy in now are looking at highly overvalued stocks. And these three charts show why...

Is Now the Time to Buy an Oil Index ETF?

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WTI crude oil prices climbed over $56 per barrel this week for the first time in 2015. Now investors are looking for the best way to play rebounding oil prices, and many are buying into an oil index ETF.

At this week's high, crude oil prices are now up 28% from the lows they hit in early March.

But this is not the best time to buy into an oil index ETF.

Here's a look at several oil index ETFs and the key points that many investors miss

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...

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...

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...

Why the Exxon Mobil Stock Price Hit a Fresh 52-Week Low

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The Exxon Mobil stock price (NYSE: XOM) hit a 52-week low of $84.03 intraday Wednesday. Shares of the oil and gas giant are sitting at their lowest level in 17 months.

The Irving, Texas-headquartered company has certainly taken it on the chin over the last several months. Indeed, a laundry list of issues plague the stock.

But despite these headwinds, here's why the Exxon Mobil stock price could soon move higher...

Low Oil Prices in 2015 Will Make the Oil Industry Stronger

Low oil prices Low oil prices may have a silver lining, after all. Without a doubt, oil stocks have taken a pasting in recent months as oil prices have plunged more than 50%. But Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald, a seasoned market analyst with 33 years of experience, views such turmoil not with dread, but optimism. […]

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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…

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