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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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Iran's "Oil Show" Just Revealed a Huge Opportunity

Let's face it: Iran isn't at the top of anyone's list when considering all the profit opportunities out there in the world. At least, not yet...

You see, Iran is changing - and quickly.

Its new political regime at least appears to be increasingly open to the West.

Its old-style buyback contracts with international oil companies have long been considered high-risk with little or no flexibility; they essentially allowed Iran to own the oil company assets and allow the company a stream of profit.

But the isolated nation recently announced the introduction of a new generation of oil contract, one that promises to be considerably friendlier to foreign partners.

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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.

Why the Oil Price "Spread" Is Getting Tighter

The oil price spread between West Texas Intermediate and Brent is tightening again.

As of this morning, this spread stood at 7.2% of the WTI rate (the more accurate way to register its impact in the U.S. market).

And as this oil price spread continues to narrow, it promises to create some direct consequences for energy investors.

Here's what's behind it, and what investors need to know moving forward...

Gas Prices Are Heading Up (and the Sector That Will Benefit)

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The price of gasoline in the U.S. is on the rise again.

Futures prices for RBOB ("Reformulated Blendstock for Oxygenate Blending"), the NYMEX futures contract for gasoline, are up over 11% for the year, and a full 6.6% of that increase has come in the past month.

In fact, gas is up 2.4% over the past week alone. Today, the average retail price is 4 cents higher per gallon than a year ago.

And you can bet that as we move into the "official" start of the summer driving season, the worst is yet to come. Prices will be headed even higher.

So with all the hoopla surrounding our newfound oil wealth and our legitimate move to become energy self-sufficient in as little as a decade, why are gas prices still climbing?

Let me explain...