Facing rampant inflation and a shortage of dollars, Venezuela's state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela SA (PDVSA), is looking to sell its Citgo assets for $10 billion.
But the deal may be undervalued, and the PDVSA's financial problems may be the work of the Venezuelan government.
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.Full Story
We Struck Oil… Lots of Oil
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.Now, there's news to report. Great news... It's a gusher!
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.All of these developments offer significant upside for investors...
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.To continue reading, please click here...
Why the Rising Tide in Oil Hasn't Been as Good for Offshore Drilling Ventures
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
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...To continue reading, please click here...
Stocks to Buy: A Recent Sell-Off Gave Us This "Miracle Material" Bargain
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.To continue reading, please click here...
- Why the Keystone XL Crude Oil Pipeline Deal Is Far from Done Just because the State Department has decided that the Keystone XL pipeline would not have a major environmental impact, that's not the last word. And despite ongoing opposition, it's clear that the Keystone is the best way to get the crude oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S Gulf Coast. 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.To continue reading, please click here...
- The Best "Yardstick" for Picking Oil and Gas Stocks to Buy Determining fair value is vital when deciding whether a stock is a good buy or not. In the case of energy stocks, there happens to be a yardstick investors can use to bring home market-beating trades time and time again. And the best part is, hardly anyone else is using it...
- 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...
- Two Stocks to Buy to Tap Into the Massive Wolfcamp Shale Texas has some of the biggest shale oil reserves in the country. And new discoveries in one of those, the Wolfcamp formation, has stunned many energy experts. This shale oil formation is now thought to be the second-largest in the world. And two companies already operating there will be first in line for the profits...
- The Five Biggest Oil Investing Trends of 2014 The global oil market in 2013 was dominated by geopolitical disruptions, a huge boom in U.S. domestic production, and double-digit gains for energy investors. As a group, energy stocks rose 18%. And a handful of the quality shares, including several recommended by Dr. Kent Moors, doubled. But the next 12 months could be even better…
- What the Fed Taper Means for Oil Prices 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...
- Best Investments 2014: How to Profit from the Budget Deal The first real Washington budget deal in years won't make that much of a difference to most Americans, but for investors it could be a trove of profits. That's because buried in the details of this deal is an extraordinary investment opportunity almost no one else has noticed. Here's a clue: It's energy-related...