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How to Play the Latest Dip in Oil and Natural Gas Prices

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Here in the energy sector, the other shoe has just dropped. Natural gas prices have now declined to their lowest point since 2012.

But in any shakeout like the one under way, there are always investment opportunities.

And I’ve identified two specific ways you can profit despite the lows we’re seeing right now for oil and gas.

Here’s my take on what’s affecting the markets today… and the two ways to play the current low prices to your advantage…

5 Surprising Ways Oil Prices Affect Our Everyday Lives

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The effects of oil prices are more far-reaching than most people realize.

That's because petroleum permeates nearly every corner of our economy.

For example, just recently it was revealed that low oil prices were going to hurt elderly Americans in particular. Last week, the federal government announced it will not increase the cost of living adjustment (COLA) for fiscal 2016 due to low gas prices.

Here are four other less-considered ways the price of oil impacts our lives...

The New Cold War Battlefield… and How It Will Affect Oil Prices

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What is transpiring in geopolitics prompts me to recall the depths of the Cold War.

Back then, the two superpowers - the United States and Russia - contested for leverage wherever they could. But the primary battlefield was Africa.

Well, déjà vu is now kicking in.

Here's where the new Cold War is being played out... and how it's going to influence the energy markets, especially oil prices...

What OPEC's New Romance with Russia Means for Oil Prices

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Low oil prices have brought OPEC and Russia to the brink of partnership, but don't expect this new closeness to radically raise oil prices. Here's what the real impact will be.

OPEC's decision to protect market share over price has even hit American producers, with their huge, expensive-to-extract new reserves of shale and tight oil.

This is an important development. It means that for the first time in nearly 11 months, geopolitics is likely to give support to higher crude - meaning oil prices get a new push.

Where the Next Oil Sector Profits Will Be Made (It's Not What You Think)

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We now have another indication that the oil pricing environment is causing a constriction in forward project commitments: Two more oil majors recently announced that they will cut capital spending.

These two announcements are the tip of a much bigger iceberg. The curtailment of future project commitments is just one of the results of low prices.

Here's the other major effect, how it will shake up the oil sector, and how one group of companies will come out on top...

How We'll Profit from Oil's M&A Cycle

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Low crude oil prices, combined with a crunch in energy debt, has ushered in expectations of a merger and acquisition cycle among oil companies.

So far, interest has centered on the U.S. oil sector. But recent news out of Australia makes it abundantly clear that the next M&A wave is going to have a far more global impact.

Here's what that means for the oil industry, and how we'll profit from it...

Canada's New Shale Oil Field Could Rival the Bakken

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Canada's energy industry may be most famous for its world-class oil sands resources. But a new shale oil field could surpass the oil sands as Canada's largest untapped oil reserve.

In fact, it could even rival the massive Bakken shale of North Dakota in terms of recoverable oil.

This area lies north of British Columbia and east of the Yukon. It's the Northwest Territories.

Recent data from Canada's National Energy Board (NEB) and the Northwest Territories Geological Survey shows that this area holds as much as 200 billion barrels of shale oil reserves. That compares to U.S. Geological Survey estimates that the Bakken shale formation will yield up to 7.4 billion barrels.

Not all of this Canadian oil is necessarily recoverable. But the Canol and Bluefish shales contain a total approaching 7 billion barrels of economically viable resources.

Here's a look at the vast potential of Canada's Northwest Territories...

How Much Oil Does the U.S. Have Compared to Other Countries?

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If one number summarizes the global oil market, it’s 93,002,710.

That’s how much oil was produced around the world every day in 2014. But how much oil does the U.S. have compared to the world’s top producers?

This chart shows how much the top 15 oil-producing countries generated in 2014…

Crude Oil Price Predictions 2015: Why the Market Is Gaining Traction

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Oil prices have gained 17.5% in the last month. This week, they reached $62 a barrel for the first time since December.

The rally reinforces our oil price predictions that WTI and Brent will rebound throughout 2015.

Here’s why we’re bullish on our projections - and how you can profit from their momentum…

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...

Iran Nuclear "Deal" Won't Drive Oil Down

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Here at Money Morning we recently had the opportunity to sit down with Dr. Kent Moors, Money Map Press' Global Energy Strategist, for a quick chat about oil.

Kent had taken time out of his frequent world travels - scoping out the latest global energy profit developments - to stop by our HQ in Baltimore.

Here's what he told us about his "ground level" view of the real impact recent geopolitical events in Iran will have on the price of oil.

It's not what most experts think...

Shell, BG Group Merger Signals Huge Changes in Energy

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The $70 billion acquisition of BG Group plc (LON: BG) by Royal Dutch Shell plc (ADR) (NYSE: RDSA) will result in a merged company with market value double that of BP plc (ADR) (NYSE: BP) and bigger than Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX).

According to Bloomberg News, this deal counters the prevailing view...

Whose Stock Is the Next Apple?


Will the oil sanctions on Iran be lifted? That's the big question in the news today - and the markets are reacting. During his latest appearance on Fox Business, Shah talks with host Stuart Varney about what might happen to oil prices if those sanctions are removed.

He also has some thoughts on a stock whose beaten-down price he sees as a buying opportunity.

Oil Tanks but Energy Profit Prospects Remain

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WTI futures tanked last week, with the oil benchmark hovering around $45.50 for April delivery on Friday. But Kent Moors has identified important profit opportunities amidst the carnage - and will share them with you.

Kent has now filed three field reports...

S&P 500 Closes at New Record High Friday

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The S&P 500 gained 8 points today to close at a new record high. The cause? Positive macro-economic forces spreading across Europe.

The Russia-Ukraine ceasefire, improved data on the German economy, and improving prospects for a Greek debt agreement pushed stocks higher.

Here are the top market stories from today - plus our new profit tip for investors...