oil prices

How to Profit from Russia’s Financial Chaos

By Friday, December 19, 2014

Russia Financial ChaosRussian President Vladimir Putin is holding the world in what I describe as an economic hostage situation.

From the annexation of Crimea from Ukraine and his continued support of rebel separatists in that region to his defiance of political rights and a thumbs-down approach to the United States and Europe, Putin is creating a political and financial crisis that is deepening.

There is no evidence Putin is softening his aggressive … Read More

Three Must-Watch Energy Stocks as Oil Prices Decline

By Friday, December 12, 2014

Three Must-Watch Stocks for Energy InvestorsThe price action in oil is dramatic. It’s really significant considering it traded so consistently in a range around $100.00 a barrel prior to its recent drop.

The breakdown in oil prices is suspicious for the simple reason that both growing supply and stagnant demand have been such a constant over the last several years. There’s nothing new in the marketplace, only that OPEC (the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting … Read More

Weak Oil Prices a Boon for Trucking and Airlines

By Friday, December 5, 2014

Weak Oil Prices a BoonOil is a dirty investment at this time, with the fundamentals pointing to continued softness in oil prices, driven by strong supply and weak demand. But there may be investment opportunities in trucking and airline stocks.

Now the oil cartel, the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), could have given prices a much-needed boost when it recently met, but it failed to do so. Some market pundits were expecting … Read More

9 Stocks That Could Benefit from Falling Oil Prices

By Thursday, December 4, 2014

Benefit from Falling Oil Prices9 Companies Stocks That Could Benefit from Falling Oil Prices

The Power of OPEC and a Stronger Dollar

The major indices may be at record levels, but the big news on Wall Street is oil. The price of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil has fallen approximately 55% since the middle of June to roughly $69.00 per barrel—the lowest level since May 2010. Weak oil prices are a mixed bag … Read More

Union Pacific, Transportation Stocks Cashing In on Lower Oil Prices Heading into 2015

By Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Lower Oil Prices Heading into 2015Transportation stocks are still pushing higher, and the broader market won’t turn until this particular sector does first. The Dow Jones Transportation Average just broke 9,200 for another new record-high, and component companies have added price momentum due to lower oil prices.

Alaska Air Group, Inc. (ALK) leapt by more than 10 points after reporting solid third-quarter numbers and strong operational momentum in the month of October.

Union Pacific Corporation … Read More

Low Oil and Copper Prices Tell Us Stock Market in Trouble

By Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Dangers of Low Oil and Copper PricesTo see where the global economy is headed, I follow the prices of oil and copper. The prices of these commodities tell us about demand in the global economy. If the prices of oil and copper are rising, it means there’s prosperity. If the opposite occurs, it means industry (factories) is not busy and that a global economic slowdown is not far away.

With this in mind, below is the … Read More

How the Markets Will Close Out 2014

By Friday, October 31, 2014

Markets Will Close Out 2014Credit card companies are some of the best indicators in the global economy. Visa Inc. (V) just reported a pretty decent quarter. While earnings were down comparatively due to a one-time charge, adjusted earnings handily beat consensus.

The company’s fiscal fourth quarter came in solid, with growth of 10% on a constant dollar basis to $3.2 billion compared to the same quarter last year.

Recently, the company increased its quarterly … Read More

Two Companies in the “Buy Zone” on Weaker Oil?

By Wednesday, October 29, 2014

How Spot Prices Could Affect Your Oil PicksIt really is quite amazing the amount that spot oil prices have dropped. Naturally, in a lot of areas, the price of gasoline has not dropped the same percentage.

Lower oil prices help a lot of industries. The railroads and airlines, for instance, should show a material gain in earnings in the fourth quarter due to the drop in fuel costs.

It’s not a game-changer for oil producers just yet, … Read More

Crushed Oil Sector a Profitable Opportunity?

By Friday, October 24, 2014

Crushed Oil Sector

The big news so far this earnings season isn’t corporate financial results but the price of oil, which continues to be under pressure.

Domestic production has finally caught up to spot prices and combined with reduced expectations for the global economy, oil prices continue to be vulnerable.

Resource investing is inherently volatile; risk related to commodity-based investing is always higher. But as oil prices have given oil stocks a well-deserved … Read More

Why This Company Is a Consistent Winner for Investors

By Monday, October 20, 2014

One Company That’s Proven It Can Adapt to the MarketplaceAmid all the turmoil in capital markets, I’m reminded of all the good corporate earnings being released.

Of course, the stock market is a system of discounting future business conditions and the recent sell-off has been pronounced, but stocks have come so far over the last several years. If the catalysts were deflationary pressures among oil prices and global economic activity, a little haircut in share prices is well deserved…. Read More