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How to Invest in Energy with the Middle East on the Brink

I just got back from Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, where I attended a series of meetings with colleagues from across the energy "universe."

The scope and pace of development in this Persian Gulf city-state are staggering. Just five years ago, the astonishing, massive Etihad Tower complex we stayed in didn't even exist. This place is constantly expanding and reinventing itself.

So Abu Dhabi was an apt setting to discuss the sweeping changes that will shape the immediate future of energy investing – changes that threaten the fragile political order of the Middle East and will likely force a redrawing of U.S. security interests.

Everything is in flux right now, so I'm recommending energy investors look at one particular kind of oil producer that should prove largely insulated from what's coming next.

But first, let me show you what's at stake here...

Global Markets

Global Stock Markets Mostly Weaker; Focus On OPEC Meeting Wednesday

World equity markets were mostly weaker overnight. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when the New York day session begins. Traders and investors worldwide are anxiously awaiting the results of this week's OPEC oil cartel meeting.

Some reckon OPEC may be able to come to a final agreement to cut production, as the cartel reported in September

Global Markets

World Markets Subdued, Awaiting Reopen of U.S. Markets After Thanksgiving Holiday

Global stock markets were narrowly mixed in quieter trading Friday, and awaiting the open of U.S. markets that were closed on Thursday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Japan's Nikkei stock index hit a 10-month high Friday amid the recent decline in the Japanese yen against the U.S. dollar.

U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings when the New York day session begins.

Global Markets

Global Stock Markets, Precious Metals, Lifted By Hopes For Increased Demand From China

World stock markets were mixed to firmer overnight, but selling pressure was limited by higher crude oil and precious metals prices, which in turn supported energy and mining stocks.

Asian stock markets and precious metals markets were supported by comments from China's President Xi Jinping, who said his country will back a free trade area in the Asian region. That could mean more demand for raw commodities coming from China, the world's second-largest economy.

U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward firmer openings when the New York day session begins.

Global Markets

Strong U.S. Dollar, Rising Bond Yields Pressure Global Stock Markets Friday

Global equity markets were under pressure Friday as the rout in world bond markets continues, amid ideas that better world economic growth and more spending (led by the U.S.) will push interest rates higher and reignite some inflationary price pressures. Some profit taking from recent gains is also featured in world stock indexes Friday. U.S. stock indexes are pointed toward weaker openings when the New York day session begins.

Gold prices are moderately lower and fell to a nine-month low overnight.


What President Trump Means for Your Energy Investments

With markets mulling the Trump administration's potential energy policies, here's how these two campaign-trail proposals would affect your energy investments.

We also examine how they'd impact the broader energy market as a whole...

Global Markets

Marketplace Re-Evaluates A Trump Presidency, World Equities Rally

In an about-face, world stock markets made strong rebounds Thursday, as fickle traders and investors began to reckon that a Donald Trump U.S. presidency could actually be good for equities and good for the U.S. economy-the world's largest.

Fewer government regulations would also be good for businesses. Just the day before the same marketplace was spooked by Trump's surprise victory over Hillary Clinton. U.S. stock indexes are now not far below their recent record highs.

Stock indexes in Asia and Europe posted solid gains Thursday. U.S. stock indexes are also pointed toward higher openings then the U.S. day session begins.


Russia's Real Achilles' Heel: The Best Way to Cripple the Kremlin

An energy embargo won't solve Russia's many offenses to international sensibilities.

In fact, there's only one strategy that stands of a chance of working...

Global Markets

Gold Boosted, World Stock Markets Pressured, As Trump Gains In Polls

World stock markets were mostly weaker overnight and gold prices are posting good follow-through gains Wednesday as the latest polling in the U.S. presidential election also shows a much tighter race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Trump closing the gap, and even leading in at least one major poll, as the election is less than one week away is helping to pressure global equity markets and lift safe-haven gold.

Most of the world perceives Trump as a bigger unknown should he win the presidency. Gold prices are closing in on the key $1,300.00 level.


Two Kinds of Companies Will Profit from Argentina's Move

The energy markets are fixated on the Persian Gulf and OPEC's "cap" negotiations… and whether Iraq will end up scuttling them.

Now, these negotiations are crucial to future oil prices, but they're not the biggest story in energy right now.

The truth is, there are some incredibly important events underway that almost no one is paying attention to.

It's practically happening in America's own backyard...