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China's Crude Oil Imports Surge to Record High

By Jason Simpkins China’s crude oil imports climbed 39% to a record high last month, and Saudi Arabia was the nation’s largest supplier. China’s oil imports have more than tripled in the last five years, and that amount is only going to increase as the world’s second-largest energy consumer tries to keep pace with its growing […]

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ADA-ES Sets the Stage for the World's Largest Activated Carbon Plant

By Jason Simpkins A subsidiary of ADA-ES Inc. (NASDAQ:ADES), a leader in environmental technology, is out to slash air pollution – and in a big way. So big, in fact, that the company is planning to build the world’s biggest plant for producing activated carbon, a substance that allows coal-fired power plants to operate more […]

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Belarus Assuages EU Fears; Agrees To Pay Part of Gazprom Debt

By Jason Simpkins Belarus eased some of the tensions with Russian oil-and-gas giant, Gazprom, Friday, by paying off part of its debt. Belarus has reportedly paid $190 million of its $456 million dept to Gazprom. The deal was a source of major relief throughout the European Union. The Gazprom-Belarus disagreement started over a supply contract negotiated […]

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Total and Imperial Oil Companies Report Decline In Profit, While Shell Sells Assets

By Jason Simpkins Two international oil companies yesterday (Thursday) reported a drop in second-quarter profits, while a third announced it was selling assets. French energy company Total (NYSE: TOT) reported a slight drop in second quarter profits. Net income fell to $4.66 billion, a 1% decline from the $4.7 billion taken in a year ago. Shares of […]

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Is Crude Oil on a Flight to $80 a Barrel?

By Jason Simpkins It appears that rising oil prices will remain a solid bet for investors – at least for the near future. Crude at $80 a barrel may be a reality sooner than we think. Amid swirling concerns about oil supplies, crude oil futures closed at a record $78.21 a barrel on the New […]

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How to Build Oil Profits in the Age of Dwindling Supply

Building an oil portfolio is a lot more difficult than it used to be. It was easier 30 years ago, back in the 1970s, when oil prices first rose and people began thinking about how to build portfolios that would take advantage of this "developing" energy sector.

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Oil Prices Skyrocketing: Gasoline is Likely Next

By Jason Simpkins Violence in Nigeria and concerns that U.S. refiners are struggling to produce enough gasoline helped crude oil prices rise again last week, moving the price of this key commodity closer to its all-time high of $78.65. And now some analysts are predicting that $80 a barrel crude oil is well within reach. […]

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The One Time it's Good to Be Crude

Gasoline prices have fallen sharply in recent weeks and are now about 23 cents a gallon below an all-time record high set in May. But crude oil prices steamed their way to a 10-month high on Monday.

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