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One of the oldest investment philosophies says that when the companies that make goods and the companies that transport goods are doing well, the economy must be in good shape. Of course, that strength is typically reflected in the stock market.
The same is true for individual industries, including oil and gas. And that's why we're going to show you one of the best oil pipeline stocks to buy today. Because right now, the crude oil market (and energy in general) is in an extremely bullish trend.
WTI crude bottomed in February 2016. Oil prices rose from $26.05 per barrel to their peak in July of this year of $75.27. Even after pulling back to the $69.41 per barrel–area, that's still a gain of 166.45% in just two years.
It's no stretch to credit the improving economy, as well as the rising demand for power over that span. After all, businesses need power to turn on the lights and create their products.
It makes perfect sense that companies transporting oil have more business when the economy is rolling. And that's why the current increase in oil production signals a huge boon ahead to pipeline stocks.
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Domestic oil production reflects this strength. According to a report published by the U.S. Energy Information Administration last week, U.S. oil production rose to 10.7 million barrels a day in June. That put the United States on track to reach a record 11 million barrels a day before the end of the year. That would mark a 43% increase over 2013 production highs.
Unfortunately for producers, the oil transportation infrastructure did not keep pace. That means investment in pipelines that bring the oil from fields to refineries must increase.
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From better extraction methods to the burgeoning shale oil industry, the United States is now in better energy shape than it's ever been. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the United States became the top oil producer in 2017 at 14.46 million barrels per day. That's 15% of the world total.
It also means the United States is now an exporter of oil, reaching the No. 13 position last year at 2.6% of all oil exports.
Because the U.S. remains the top consumer of oil globally – by far – the country is now in a power position. It will be able to set the global pricing picture.
OPEC can't do a thing about it, either. The Russia-Saudi agreement to limit production cannot help. Neither can reduced production from the likes of Iran, Venezuela, Libya and Nigeria. The United States holds all the cards.
This is the perfect time to be an American energy investor if you know which stocks are properly positioned. Right now, that includes operators of the pipelines and builders of the infrastructure.
Today, we're bringing you the best oil pipeline stock of the bunch. In fact, we think it could at least double your money in the next year…