Oil

Time for a Post-Petrodollar Profit Play

Beware of unintended consequences.

That's the advice I'd give Western leaders when imposing sanctions on Russia over the Ukraine crisis.

You see, Putin's been racking up his air miles, hastening the pace to replace the petrodollar.

It's a topic I recently discussed here, along with an investment idea for a "counterattack."

At the end of Putin's two-day trip to China last week, the two nations signed a landmark natural gas supply deal, driving another large nail in the dollar's coffin.

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We Struck Oil… Lots of Oil

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In December 2013, I let our readers in on a way to invest directly in a new oil and gas drilling venture.

In the time since, I've been spending a great deal of time at the drilling site in South Texas, keeping an eye on the progress.

This "Forbidden" Market Is About to Crack Open

I'll be making a major presentation at a Bloomberg advisory session on the recent opening of the Mexican energy markets.

After operating as a monopoly for 76 years, Mexico is now set to dismantle all the barriers to foreign investment in its oil fields.

And the topics I am going to discuss this week in Mexico City go well beyond what's immediately south of the border.

Why Oil Prices Are Up Today

Oil prices are up today (Thursday) for the first time in three days for the following two reasons.

New York's main contract and oil price benchmark West Texas Intermediate (WTI) for April delivery rose $0.11 to $101.56 a barrel, after reaching as low as $100.13 a barrel in intraday trading. The volume of all futures traded was around 42% over the 100-day average.

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Why the Rising Tide in Oil Hasn't Been as Good for Offshore Drilling Ventures

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The spread between West Texas Intermediate (WTI) and Brent continues to narrow.

Thanks to additional new U.S. pipeline capacity and the growing volume of oil product exports from American refineries, the glut of excess storage at Cushing, Okla., is shrinking.

This ongoing glut has been the single biggest reason why WTI trades at a discount to Brent. As I write this, WTI is approaching $104 a barrel and Brent $111.

With crude oil prices continuing to rise, you would think that would be good news for both onshore and offshore drilling ventures.

But it's just not so, at least in the short term...

These Top LNG Stocks Trounced the Markets in January 2014

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The broader markets had a dismal month of January - the Dow Jones Industrial Average was down 5.3% and the S&P 500 dipped 3.6% - but these liquefied natural gas (LNG) stocks all boasted strong returns.

The outlook for LNG stocks continues to look bright as well. Increased demand for natural gas in China, the increased supply of shale gas in the United States, and the high number of export facilities awaiting approval for construction in the United States are all bullish signs for LNG investors.

These five LNG stocks vastly outperformed the markets in January and have room to continue upward...

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Stocks to Buy: A Recent Sell-Off Gave Us This "Miracle Material" Bargain

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I was one of the first analysts to pronounce this as the "Golden Age of Materials Science."

You know what I'm talking about - all those "Miracle Materials" that are changing our lives: There are the advanced composites that lighten our airliners; the great plastics that increase the "cool factor" of today's cars - while also making them safer and more economical. They include one of earth's more abundant resources, and the new discoveries, such as graphene, that promise to revolutionize biotechnology, computers, and industry.

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Why the Keystone XL Crude Oil Pipeline Deal Is Far from Done

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Late Friday afternoon, the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline cleared one of its biggest hurdles.

In its Final Environmental Impact Statement, the U.S. Department of State concluded that completing the pipeline's northern leg would not have a major impact on global greenhouse gas emissions.

It just needs to get past these last political hurdles...

Keystone Pipeline Gets Step Closer to Approval – Which Is Good News for These Investors

Keystone XL pipeline supporters - who have been waiting years for this project to be completed - just received good news from the U.S. Department of State.

The Keystone pipeline is 1,179 miles long and would connect heavy crude oil from bitumen deposits in Canada to the southeastern refining network of the United States. While the southern portion has been built, the northern section requires approval given its cross-border passage.

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Two of Today's Best Investments in the Growing Trend of Energy Security

We've seen how the U.S. shale oil and gas boom has created a lot of new investing opportunities in the energy sector. As U.S. production soars, however, so do the risks to the infrastructure required to get the oil and gas out of the ground and into people's homes and autos.

Now energy security is growing into a handsome profit opportunity of its own...

What the Fed Taper Means for Oil Prices

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Despite the big gains on Wall Street after the Fed announced it would start to taper its stimulus programs in January, the move takes away a big prop to stock prices. Well, most stock prices. Because as the era of cheap money goes away, something very interesting is going to happen with oil...

and it's going to change global markets in a fundamental way...

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