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Why Lower Oil Prices Won't Kill the Renewable Energy Boom

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Whenever oil prices drop, everyone wonders how it will affect wind and solar power.

It follows from the traditional assumption that renewables are only competitive when oil and natural gas prices are high. After all, the early stages of wind and solar power came with a hefty front-loaded price tag, requiring huge government subsidies to producers and end users to get off the ground.

But those days are coming to an end...

As Crude Oil Prices Fall, These Drillers Benefit – Here's Why

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Thanks to the drop in crude oil prices, some TV pundits are now talking about the end of the "new" oil age. With oil now trading in a band between $80 and $88 a barrel, there's a "new normal" for crude.

But lower oil prices never hit everyone the same. The little-known truth is that, in some cases, lower crude oil prices actually make some companies even more attractive.

Let me explain...

Energy Sector Forecast: What to Expect After the Sell-Off

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With the stock market now roaring back, investors are left to wonder whether the worst is behind us - or if there's more pain yet to come.

While every segment of the market felt the brunt of the sell-off, energy seemed to drop with a vengeance... but it didn't last for long. As the market bottomed out, energy stocks led the recovery, posting big advances.

Here's what the latest market gyrations tell us about the energy sector...

Saudi Move to Cut Oil Prices Is Now Russia's Biggest Economic Threat

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Saudi Arabia has made headlines by cutting oil prices, not production. That move seems calculated to undercut the effect the United States has on global oil markets, even though that effect is indirect.

But make no mistake: Russia is the country that will suffer the most as oil prices drop.

Thanks to the Saudis, this could get ugly very quickly for Putin…

Why the Saudis Are Cutting Oil Prices

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On Oct. 1, Saudi Aramco, the state-run oil producer of the world's biggest exporter, cut prices for all its exports, reducing prices for Asia to the lowest level since 2008.

By cutting oil prices rather than export volume, Saudi Arabia has signaled it is now ready for a potentially costly price war.

The Best Way to Profit from Crude Oil Prices Right Now

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Making money in the energy sector is no longer pegged to higher crude oil prices. In today's environment, it's more about where a company drills, how it manages its assets and operations, and the broader flow of supply and demand.

It's also about selecting companies that are built to weather the inevitable dips in the price of crude.

And there are plenty of them out there…

Oil Prices Today: Three Key Factors the Pundits Are Missing

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Several pundits attributed yesterday's spike in oil prices to the recognition that the fight against ISIS in Iraq-Syria will be a long one. As usual, the 30-second TV wonders missed the boat.

Of course, the ongoing chaos in the Middle East is certainly a factor. To the extent that oil traders begin to calculate its impact into their risk models, there will be an effect.

However, when it comes to what actually moves oil prices, these three major price influences are more important…

How Falling Crude Oil Prices Could Trigger an Unpredictable, Dangerous Mess

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The dive in crude oil prices continued Monday as yet another sell-off targeted the energy sector for a particularly big hit.

This too shall pass. But the prospect of a protracted decline in oil prices is beginning to have broader policy implications in dangerous parts of the world, where rising prices have been the norm for most of the last decade.

As this situation develops, it could quickly get downright nasty…

Where Crude Oil Prices Are Headed Next

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To hear some analysts tell it, geopolitics and the weather are exogenous events when it comes to energy prices. That is, somehow crude oil prices would operate "rationally" if it weren't for either of them.

That type of thinking is costly. When investors disregard the weather, the geopolitical, or both, they lose money.

So as we begin the fourth quarter, I’m going to handicap where oil prices are headed next…

Price of Oil Edges Higher – Here’s What to Look for by End of 2014

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The price of oil has climbed slightly this week with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) hitting an intra-week high of $95.17 for October delivery today (Friday).

Despite this week's price hike, WTI prices are still well below the three-year high of $105 a barrel they hit in June.

But even though prices have dropped the last two months doesn’t mean we’re out of the woods. The price of oil could still soar in a hurry…

Oil Prices Today and the Iraq Crisis

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Oil prices today are approaching $107 a barrel as offenses by Islamic militants in Iraq are causing concerns that Iraq's oil supplies and exports could be slowed of entirely cut off.

The crisis has consumers worrying how high the price of oil will go and how U.S. policies will be impacted.

Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors appeared on FOX Business' "Countdown to the Closing Bell" yesterday (Thursday) and discussed the potential collapse of Iraq and how that could impact the price of oil and U.S. consumers.

See his take here:

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