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Can Southern Company Stock Survive Its $7.1 Billion Mistake?

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Fortune ranks the Southern Co. as one of the "World's Most Admired Companies in 2017," but Southern Company stock is losing its luster after a $7.1 billion coal plant flop.

Over seven years ago, Southern Co. (NYSE: SO) took a gamble on "clean coal" by building a state-of-the-art clean coal power plant in Kemper County, Mississippi.

But that clean coal gamble could hurt SO's stock price in 2017...

As Another Sector's Sails Lose Wind, Watch This One Barometer

One by one, the bubbles are bursting...

First it was the commodities bubble that blew up in mid-2014, which caused the collapse of energy and commodity stocks -they are now down between 40-80%.

It also caused the end of the corporate credit bubble in high yield bonds and bank loans over the second half of 2014 and into this year.

Then the Chinese stock market, which had gone parabolic early this year, collapsed, sending global markets into a tailspin this summer.

Why Pundits Are Wrong When They Tell You Energy Investing Is Dead

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To hear some tell it, energy investments are a disastrous move, given the volatile global economy and low oil prices.

But they couldn't be more wrong. In fact, there's more than $1 trillion up for grabs in the energy investing sector. This might well be the best time to invest, even if prices go lower from here.

This is what you need to know before everybody else wakes up...

This Natural Gas Stock Will Surge from Yesterday's Historic Discovery (NYSE: E)

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Eni SpA (NYSE ADR: E) is the most talked about natural gas stock right now.

That's because the Italian energy company just made a "supergiant" find in the Mediterranean Sea.

Here's everything you need to know about this historic discovery...

2015 Top Stock Picks: ALJ Up 12.8% Amid Sell-Off

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The Dow Jones Industrial Average this week fell 1.5%, and with this slight dip in the broader markets, our 2015 top stock picks also took a hit.

But one company had a great week. Alon USA Energy Inc. (NYSE: ALJ) stock was up 12.8% amid this broader market sell-off.

What's behind this surge in the ALJ stock price? Here's our look...

What Is a YieldCo?

If you follow alternative energy stocks, the question of "What is a YieldCo?" has probably come up at some point over the past couple of years.

That's because YieldCos have become popular in the green energy industry as a way to raise relatively cheap capital to finance new projects while setting up a revenue stream from finished projects.

For investors, YieldCos offer several advantages. This is particularly true for income investors...

The Four Best Energy Stocks to Buy Now

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Now is a great time to look for top energy stocks to buy because of low prices in the energy market.

Low energy prices have primed the sector for M&A activity, which will make the market a lot leaner by the end of 2015.

Here are the best energy stocks to buy now as firms adjust to the new climate...

2015 Top Stock Picks Riding Oil Rebound: ALJ, SLCA, VLO, WMB, HAL

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Among our 2015 top stock picks are a number of energy stocks reaping the rewards of a rebound in both crude oil prices.

A number of energy stocks are getting a nice boost from the surge in oil prices, which is up 34% since hitting bottom in March.

Here’s a look at our best energy stock picks for 2015…

JPM, Energy Stocks Push DJIA Index to 59-Point Gain Tuesday

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For April 14, 2015, here's how the stock market did today, the top stock market news, and stocks to watch based on today's market moves.

The DJIA Index gained 59 points as reduced expectations for quarterly profit outlooks were offset by energy sector gains and strong earnings results from JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM). Shares of the banking giant gained 1.5% on the day.

Here are more top stories from today...

Here's How Bad Energy Sector Layoffs Are in 2015

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Slumping oil prices have been a benefit at the pumps, but its wreaking havoc on our nation's energy workforce.

Amid a 55% plunge in crude oil prices since last June, there have been roughly 91,000 energy sector layoffs announced since late December.

Warnings about unstainable debt held by energy companies and a burst of bankruptcies are expected to result in more pink slips.

Here's why that's so troublesome for the U.S. economy...

Healthcare Deals and Energy Stocks Boost DJIA Today

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The DJIA today soared 263 points, bringing 18,000 back into the Dow's line of sight again. The cause for the surge? Several key deals in the healthcare sector plus big gains for energy stocks.

The S&P 500 energy sector jumped more than 1.8% on the day. Today's most active energy stocks were Exxon Mobil (NYSE: XOM), up 2.45%; and Chevron (NYSE: CVX), up 2.51%.

Here are the day's top stories plus our new profit tip for investors...

3 High-Yield Energy Stocks Returning as Much as 6%

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Energy stocks have struggled lately. Since this time last year, the overall sector has dropped 11% while the S&P 500 index rose almost 13%.

But it's important to note: this has left some of the biggest high-yield energy dividend stocks on sale - so investors should grab some shares for a bargain to collect dividends. Because oil will head higher again.

Here are three picks we like to get you started...

Oil Tanks but Energy Profit Prospects Remain

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WTI futures tanked last week, with the oil benchmark hovering around $45.50 for April delivery on Friday. But Kent Moors has identified important profit opportunities amidst the carnage - and will share them with you.

Kent has now filed three field reports...

The Current State of the Energy Market: Part III

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The primary question on the minds of the energy market elite: Who gets to export oil to the most prized market of them all - Asia?

We had front-row seats to the global discussion. And what a colorful discussion it was!

Here's the consensus the global energy elite came to...

Why the Exxon Mobil Stock Price Hit a Fresh 52-Week Low

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The Exxon Mobil stock price (NYSE: XOM) hit a 52-week low of $84.03 intraday Wednesday. Shares of the oil and gas giant are sitting at their lowest level in 17 months.

The Irving, Texas-headquartered company has certainly taken it on the chin over the last several months. Indeed, a laundry list of issues plague the stock.

But despite these headwinds, here's why the Exxon Mobil stock price could soon move higher...