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Natural Gas Prices Should Heat up Soon

Panic is taking hold across the country. Natural gas futures just hit a three-year low. This time a year ago, investors were licking their chops at the thought of higher natural gas prices. But now, investors in the sector are panicking over the possibility of natural gas prices dropping below $2 per thousand cubic feet (mcf)...

Oil Barons Say Prices Will Stay Low

Oil prices moved sharply higher over the past three weeks. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude has jumped from the mid $40s to the mid $50s. A sense of euphoria is permeating the sector as investors breathe a sigh of relief. The consensus is that all is well again in the oil patch. But nothing could...

Put-Sell Your Way to Energy Profits

Despite the recent rally in energy shares, it’s continuing to look bleak out there. Most shares in the energy sector are still down 20% to 50% from their highs. But one of the best things about a bear market is that it provides the opportunity to generate income from high-quality options plays. Plus, the recent...

Chesapeake Insiders Are on to Something…

As I said yesterday, we’re going to see a flurry of mergers and acquisitions (M&A) between oil majors and energy minors in the coming months. I also pointed out that the best way to profit from this activity is to get in with the more accessible, minor companies, versus the behemoths. Take Chesapeake Energy (CHK),...

Shell-BG Just the First in Series of M&A Deals

Back in February, I predicted that the current crisis in oil prices would cause consolidation in the industry, with smaller companies being consumed by the energy majors. After all, these energy giants are the only ones with deep enough pockets, valuable shares, and access to capital. Sure enough, last week, Royal Dutch Shell (RDS-A) announced...

New Plan to Maneuver Around Dollar’s Climb

There are very few times in recent memory when the U.S. dollar has actually been the world’s strongest major currency. But now, the greenback is the undisputed king of the hill. Countries like Singapore and Japan, once considered high-priced destinations for Americans, are currently no more expensive than second-tier cities in the United States. Same...

Gold Prices Stuck Between Rock and Hard Place

Every few months, I like to canvass my gold contacts at the retail and wholesale levels, such as Asset Strategies International, to see what the consumer mindset is for gold and precious metals. Retail buyers are a crucial component when measuring sentiment both on the upside and downside. It’s a good indicator of where gold...

Japan’s Golden Economy Is Open for Investing

After I arrived in Tokyo last week, the first stop I made was at McDonald’s (MCD). It may seem strange to visit the iconic American chain restaurant in such an exotic location, but that meal gave me some valuable insight into the condition of Japan’s economy. You see, I ordered a Big Mac meal and...

Do Rig Counts Matter These Days?

Focusing on rig counts to try to determine the velocity of future oil production is a fool’s pursuit. Sure, they’re a good measure during boom times. But during busts, seasoned investors know that only looking at the number of rigs doesn’t give them the whole picture. Just check out the most current numbers from the...