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It was a rocky week for markets- but if you know the best stocks to buy now, your portfolio is in good shape...
Last week, the Dow lost 2.23%, or 344 points, to finish at 15,081.47, and the Standard & Poor's 500 fell 2.1% to 1,655.38.
Investors are getting nervous that this year's 15.09% market gains are nearing a top. Talk of a stock market crash is up - but, as we told you last week, most of it is just talk. Money Morning Chief Investment Strategist Keith Fitz-Gerald explained the real story in The Only "Crash Talk" Worth Talking About.
Fitz-Gerald outlined four things investors should do now. With the right portfolio defense in place, you can afford to explore stocks to buy. We've found some winners flashing "Buy" signals right now.
Take a look at the best stock opportunities Money Morning profiled last week... and stick around this week for our next round of free investment analysis.
Best Stocks to Buy Now
First we'll start with energy stocks to buy -
- Here are some undeniably impressive facts about the U.S. natural gas boom: The new natgas era could lead to U.S. energy independence by 2020. The Energy Information Administration reports the U.S. is sitting on some 862 trillion cubic feet of natural gas. That amounts to over a century's worth of domestic supply. Moreover, demand for America's natural gas is not just increasing domestically, but globally. These facts add up to some lucrative investment opportunities, which we profiled in How to Invest in Natural Gas Stocks as Prices Swing Back.
- The oil landscape is changing in the United States, and that means investors need to look at these developments for new opportunities. Much of the nation's increased oil production has come out of North Dakota's Bakken, as well as the Eagle Ford and Permian Basin in Texas. But it hasn't been able to reach the market place. However, Money Morning Global Energy Specialist Dr. Kent Moors notes that this is all starting to change thanks to new pipeline infrastructure being added to move this stockpiled oil. In How to Invest in Oil as Pipelines Release Trapped Profits, readers will find which oil industry stocks to buy as companies profit from this shift.
Now, here's a look at where to find income and growth...