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Gold Price Forecast 2015 Driven by These Two Key Factors 

Now that the gold price looks like it will end 2014 down, rounding out three years of weakness for the metal, the outlook for gold in 2015 is even more anticipated…

The biggest questions around gold's direction in 2015 include: Is gold finally done consolidating? When will it regain its bullish trend? Is gold a good buy today?

Let's take a look at all the factors to consider in our Gold Price Forecast 2015...

Investing Advice

Santa Claus Rally 2014 Is Not the Real Reason Stocks Will Rise

The term "Santa Claus Rally" refers to a seasonal bump in stock prices over the last week of the year – specifically, the last five trading days of December, and the first two of January. This year it falls from Dec. 24 to Jan. 5.

The Dow has seen a Santa Claus Rally more than 77% of the time since 1896. Over that 117-year span, the Dow Jones Industrial Average has gained an average of 1.7% during that week.

Will we see another seasonal rally this year? Our experts say yes, but not for the reason you might expect...

Oil

OPEC News: Collapse of the Cartel Is Near

There's more OPEC news today after the 12-nation oil cartel announced again that it will not be cutting production in the face of falling oil prices.

According to Money Morning's Global Energy Strategist Dr. Kent Moors, these actions will spell the end of the cartel. You see, OPEC is fighting a battle it simply can't win.

Here are the three major reasons we're about to see the end of OPEC...

Stocks to buy

"Unloved" Pick of the Week: Organovo Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ONVO) Stock

Money Morning's "unloved" pick of the week is 3D tissue printing and testing company Organovo Holdings Inc. (NYSE: ONVO).

Several of Money Morning's experts have made note of the great potential of ONVO stock. Defense & Tech Specialist Michael Robinson first called attention to Organovo stock in July of 2013. Earlier this month, Money Morning Biotech Investing Specialist Ernie Tremblay recommended it.

Organovo stock is down 58% from its all-time high, as investors got ahead of themselves in 2013.

But in recent months ONVO has started to realize its tremendous potential...

Income Investing

Dividend-Paying Stocks: BMY, GE, and 23 New Payout Hikes

Amid six years of near-zero interest rates, income-hungry investors have increasingly turned to dividend-paying stocks.

Companies have taken note by sweetening distributions. This year is on track to set a milestone for total dividend payouts.

Forty dividend stocks boosted payouts last week, including Bristol-Myers Squibb (NYSE: BMY) and General Electric (NYSE: GE).

Following are 25 notable hikes from the week ending Dec. 12.

Stocks to Watch

Stocks to Watch This Week: FDX, NKE, ORCL, and 5 More

Last week's stock market rout left the Dow Jones reeling. But don't rule out a Santa Claus rally just yet.

Some weakness in early December isn't unusual. In fact, the recent declines are pretty typical for December. So you see, odds are still good that markets will get a widely wished-for Santa Claus rally.

Earnings this week from these eight stocks to watch might fuel a rally and keep the Grinch at bay.

Wall Street

A U.S. Court Practically Declared Insider Trading Legal

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, was a great day to be an insider trader.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals overturned insider trading convictions of former hedge fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson.

Not only did the appeals court reverse the much-publicized guilty verdicts against the two traders, its 28-page decision effectively rewrites the meaning of insider trading.

The immediate outcome of the decision not only affects the two hedge fund executives, other traders convicted of insider trading, and charged individuals who pled guilty, it will also change how traders use inside information to their benefit in the future.

The court decision is as surprising as it is profound...

The Rushing Bear Market and How to Prepare

Oil prices plunged to their lowest prices in five years last week after the International Energy Agency (IEA) downgraded its forecast for global oil demand for the fifth time in six months.

The IEA report told markets that global growth will remain weak in 2015, triggering an across-the-board sell-off in stocks and junk bonds on Friday that left the major indices with some of their worst percentage losses in three years.

Unfortunately, stocks are still trading within a few percentage points of record highs reached only a week ago and remain severely overvalued in the context of seriously deteriorating economic fundamentals.

Investors that were complacently expecting stocks to melt up to "Dow 18,000" and "S&P 2,100" by year-end are now facing a the much grimmer reality of a correction and even the potential of a bear market in 2015.

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