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Do You Know What Fracking Is? Most People Don't.

By Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, has been around for a long time. However, it wasn’t until the last couple of years that it became truly revolutionary in terms of oil and natural gas production. The shale boom, and those profiting from it, have fracking to thank for the record levels of production that are currently being achieved.

So with a technology that is having such a dramatic impact on the energy landscape in North America, one would expect that the majority of the population would have some understanding of what is taking place. However, if that was your assumption, you would be drastically wrong, according to the Pew Research Center

So who understands and who doesn’t?
A recent poll the company conducted found that only 51% of those polled chose natural gas from a multiple-choice list that included coal, diamonds, and silicon when asked which was associated with fracking. Folks older than 50 years of age were far more aware of the current oil and natural gas industry than their under-30 counterparts were. 

For those of you on the outside — or if you just aren’t 100% sure what fracking is — tune into the following video, where Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman highlights the technology, the industry, and some key players making it all possible.

A growing international presence anchored by North American market share
Domestic oil and gas service companies have taken a hit in the recent past because of a slowdown in the natural gas drilling boom of the past couple of years. As this market looks to rebound, investors would be wise to consider Halliburton, one of the top companies in the business and one of those most in tune with the domestic market. To access The Motley Fool‘s new premium research report on this industry stalwart, simply click here now and learn everything you need to know about how Halliburton is positioning itself both at home and abroad.

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Will Oil Stay Below $100 Per Barrel?

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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Reaching levels not seen since July 2012, Brent crude oil, the international benchmark, plunged below $100 per barrel. The $100 level is where OPEC has publicly stated it would like the price to remain, so its members might have to curtail production if it wishes for the supply and demand dynamic to maintain that price.

Here in the United States, oil producers are watching the price very closely as many need oil to stay above $80-$90 per barrel to remain profitable. If prices fall any further we could see the crude oil market suffer the same fate as natural gas did in 2012, when producers cut back noticeably. If this happens, equipment and service companies more reliant than their peers on North America could suffer.

If you’re on the lookout for some currently intriguing energy plays, check out The Motley Fool’s “3 Stocks for $100 Oil.” For FREE access to this special report, simply click here now.

The article Will Oil Stay Below $100 Per Barrel? originally appeared on Fool.com.


Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman owns shares of Halliburton. The Motley Fool recommends Halliburton. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Earth-Shaking News About Natural Gas Fracking

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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Increased seismic activity in North America and Europe near corridors of hydraulic fracturing has had some worried about the dangers that fracking could be causing. Arkansas even went as far as shutting down fracking in a portion of the state during 2011, after tremors were felt. However, a recent study out of the United Kingdom hopes to dispel some of those worries. 

The following video provides an overview of the study’s findings and touches on the opinions of a 20-year ExxonMobil veteran-turned-Tufts-professor on the issue. His view is that the benefits of fracking far outweigh the risks, especially when considering the consequences of higher natural gas prices that could result in a pullback of natural gas production.

Fracking can also have affects on the price of oil, potentially helping keep it below future expectations. However, if you’re on the lookout for some currently intriguing energy plays for a higher priced oil environment, check out The Motley Fool’s “3 Stocks for $100 Oil.” For free access to this special report, simply click here now.

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Joel South, Taylor Muckerman, and The Motley Fool have no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don’t all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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ExxonMobil's $40 Billion Mistake

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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ExxonMobil was recently downgraded by Morgan Stanley. But with a company like Exxon that has a long history of a rock-solid balance sheet, excellent reserve replacement, and the ability to return enormous amounts of money to shareholders, what is holding back the world’s largest oil company? In this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss Exxon’s 2009 acquisition of XTO Energy, and tell investors how overpaying in an acquisition continues to hurt investors.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool‘s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations, and poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “
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Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

The article ExxonMobil’s $40 Billion Mistake originally appeared on Fool.com.


Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Chevron. The Motley Fool has the following options: Long Jan 2014 $20 Calls on Chesapeake Energy, Long Jan 2014 $30 Calls on Chesapeake Energy, and Short Jan 2014 $15 Puts on Chesapeake Energy. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Ask a Fool: Is It Time to Sell Molycorp?

By Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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In the following video, Motley Fool energy analyst Taylor Muckerman takes a question from a Fool follower on Facebook, who asks: “What is your opinion on Molycorp ? Should I take my loss and sell?”

Here’s a hint: 2013 could be friendly to Molycorp investors in the latter half of the year. Automotive demand continues to climb, as evidenced by Ford‘s strongest March in six years. This should help push inventories lower and allow prices to pick up as Molycorp’s new CEO expects them to.

Multiple mining stocks have been battered lately, but not many as badly as Cliffs
Cliffs Natural Resources has grown from a domestic iron ore producer into an international player in both the iron ore and metallurgical coal markets. It has also underwhelmed investors lately, especially after its dramatic 76% dividend cut in February. However, it could now be looked at as a possible value play due to several factors that are likely to remain advantageous for Cliffs’ management. For details on these advantages and more, click here now to check out The Motley Fool‘s premium research report on the company.

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Another Reason the U.S. Should Export Natural Gas

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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Unconventional natural gas production has created a large surplus of the commodity in North America, dropping prices from $12 per MMBtu in the summer of 2008 to under $2 per MMBtu last summer. 

With international natural gas prices up to four times more expensive than domestic prices, significant profits can be had if the United States exports its surplus natural gas to these high-priced markets. However, opponents of exporting liquefied natural gas, or LNG, are quick to point out that cheap natural gas could be used to make the United States‘ manufacturing sector more competitive.

In the following video, Motley Fool energy analyst Joel South discusses a recent Energy Information Administration survey showing that U.S. manufacturing is increasing energy efficiency. With energy intensity dropping, is the country better off exporting the excess natural gas? A recent Deloitte study estimates the price increase due to exporting LNG would be insignificant, and since natural gas is a regionally priced commodity, the areas that would experience slight pricing pressure would be around shipping terminals, where gas is traditionally more inexpensive.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool‘s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations, and poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this under-the-radar company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

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Joel South has no position in any stocks mentioned. Taylor Muckerman has no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool has no position in any of the stocks mentioned. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Energy Investors: What to Watch During Earnings

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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In the video below, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman take a look at the biggest stories facing energy investors this earnings season. Joel discusses the overall sluggishness of the energy sector compared to the S&P, with refiners being far and away the exception, as several mid-con refiners showed massive outperformance over the past year, due to an abundance of cheap crude feedstocks.

Check out the video below for a few metrics energy investors should keep their eyes on over the next month as refiners and Bakken explorers and producers show what they have accomplished during the first quarter of 2013. 

Kodiak Oil & Gas is one such E&P with a dynamic growth story — it offers great opportunities, but with those opportunities come great risks. Before you hitch your horse to this carriage, let us help you with your due diligence. To find out whether Kodiak is currently a buy or a sell, you’re invited to check out The Motley Fool‘s premium research report on the company, which comes with a full year of updates and analysis as key news breaks. To get started simply click here now.

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Expectations for Energy Services During Earnings Season

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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With 2012 representing what many thought was a low point in the energy services sector, energy investors have been hopeful that 2013 would signal a rebound. Now, however, two of the giants in this space are reporting opposing outlooks, with Schlumberger saying that it isn’t seeing as strong of an uptick as it had hoped, while Halliburton isn’t as bearish in its outlook. How will this earnings season pan out for these energy services giants and their investors? In this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Taylor Muckerman and Joel South address some broader trends in the energy services sector, and tell investors which companies will be affected.

Domestic oil and gas service companies have taken a hit in the recent past due to a slowdown in the natural gas drilling boom of the last couple of years. As this market looks to rebound, investors would be wise to consider Halliburton, one of the top companies in the business and one of those most in tune with the domestic market. To access The Motley Fool‘s new premium research report on this industry stalwart, simply click here now and learn everything you need to know about how Halliburton is positioning itself both at home and abroad.

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Should Investors Be Getting Into Energy or Mining Right Now?

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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Commodity prices have not been kind to investors, nor to those companies mining the commodities, since about the middle of 2012. With the potential for a bottom, now could be a great time to open a mining position for the long term. This could be especially true if a bottom in copper and gold prices is combined with an equalizing balance between supply and demand. According to Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman, Freeport-McMoRan might be worth a glance.

As for natural gas producers, a lot of them struggled through 2012 due to the pricing collapse that caught many of them off guard. The low-cost producers were able to barely scrape by, so they should be worth a look now that the price of natural gas has climbed above $4 per million British thermal units. Motley Fool analyst Joel South happens to like Chesapeake Energy and Devon Energy in this space.

Diversification could be the key to unlocking Freeport’s potential
After putting together a blockbuster deal to expand into the oil and natural gas industry, Freeport-McMoRan will have plenty on its plate as it tries to adapt to the new industry, as expanding into oil and gas carries plenty of inherent volatility. Freeport had a profitable copper business; on top of this foray into a new industry it still has to contend with mining industry bellwether BHP Billiton. To help investors determine if Freeport-McMoRan is a buy or a sell, The Motley Fool has compiled a premium research report on the company. Simply click here now to access your copy today.

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Key Areas to Watch for Alcoa Investors Ahead of Earnings

By Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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In this video, Taylor Muckerman looks at three key areas Alcoa investors need to watch.

  • Cost structure — in particular, whether Alcoa can continue to build on its actions that improved margins in 2012.
  • Whether it can maintain its cash position and debt-to-equity ratio.
  • Internal metrics — such as converting sales to revenue — which are areas Alcoa tends to focus on.

For more details, check out the video.

Materials industries are traditionally known for their high barriers to entry, and the aluminum industry is no exception. Controlling about 15% of global production in this highly consolidated industry, Alcoa is in prime position to take advantage of growth that some expect will lead to total industry revenue approaching $160 billion by 2017. Based on this prospect and several other company-specific factors, Alcoa is certainly worth a closer look. For a Foolish investment perspective on this global giant simply click here now to get started.

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The Clean-Energy Source of the Future

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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It’s been a long time coming for both natural gas and solar as viable sources of energy in the United States. Both have been struggling with a lack of consumer and industrial buy-in, but both could be right around the corner. Is either one standing out at the moment?

The debate is on
In the following video, Motley Fool analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman each weigh in on how natural gas and solar have been performing lately and which companies are taking the lead. Both options have made progress recently, with Clean Energy Fuels building out its “America’s Natural Gas Highway” initiative and SunPower producing more efficient solar panels.

Has Clean Energy Fuels solved the “chicken-or-the-egg” debate?
The movement toward alternative energy is gaining momentum. One potential opportunity in this field is Clean Energy Fuels, which focuses its natural gas efforts primarily on trucking and fleets. It’s poised to make a big impact on an essential industry. Learn everything you need to know about Clean Energy Fuels in The Motley Fool‘s premium research report on the company. Just click here now to claim your copy today.

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These Pipeline Companies Are Great, but Which Is the Best?

By Taylor Muckerman and Joel South, The Motley Fool

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When it comes to the midstream segment, it’s clear that some companies are in place to succeed. Demand far outstrips supply, so those that are well diversified with future plans are likely to take the lion’s share of the growth. For Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman, the one company that stands out is Kinder Morgan Energy Partners . While it’s expensive compared with its peers, its portfolio of assets is second to none, especially when supplemented with capital expenditures. 

If that company doesn’t fit your investing style, analyst Joel South offers his take on Boardwalk Pipeline Partners . This natural gas-focused operator offers a tremendous distribution yield above 7% and is diversified into the mid-continent and Utica shale regions. Those interested in high distribution yields would be well served by taking a deeper dive here.

A different vehicle to play the midstream segment
It’s easy to forget the necessity of midstream operators that seamlessly transport oil and gas throughout the United States. Kinder Morgan is one of these operators, and it’s one that investors should commit to memory because of its sheer size — it’s the fourth largest energy company in the U.S. — not to mention its enormous potential for profits. In The Motley Fool’s premium research report on Kinder Morgan, we break down the company’s growing opportunity — as well as the risks to watch out for — to uncover whether it’s a buy or a sell. To determine whether this dividend giant is right for your portfolio, simply click here now to claim your copy of this invaluable investor’s resource.

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The EPA Could Be Costing You at the Pump

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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Gasoline prices could be moving higher, if the EPA restricts the sulfur content in gasoline in addition to its push for increased ethanol requirements despite flat to declining demand for gas. 

The proposed mandates could slightly increase gas prices in the near term, but the biggest worry is the effect the increased expenses will have on the traditionally tight-margin refining industry. The American Petroleum Institute estimates a $2.4 billion yearly expense for the refining sector, which could force some refiners to close their doors and, in effect, restrict supply and raise fuel costs. Check out the following video for more information.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool’s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations and is poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

The article The EPA Could Be Costing You at the Pump originally appeared on Fool.com.


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Are We in a Natural Gas Bull Market?

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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After hitting record lows last year, natural gas prices are finally moving higher, with storage volume levels 32% lower compared with the same time last year. Natural gas production also continues to be curtailed, with drilling rigs receding 36% year over year. 

Gas prices are currently hovering around $4 per MMbtu, more than double the price from last April. Does this mean we’re now in the throes of a natural gas bull market? Check out the following video for more information in addition to a few recommendations on ways investors can profit from the rise in gas prices.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool’s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations and is poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

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Is SandRidge a Good $5 Buy?

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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TPG-Axon won its bid to overhaul SandRidge Energy‘s board of directors; however, the company continues to fall, currently sitting around 52-week lows. 

With the stock trading below $5 per share, SandRidge presents an attractive value proposition. With 1.85 million net acres in the Mississippian Lime, in addition to 32 thousand barrels of oil equivalent per day production in the Gulf of Mexico, SandRidge is trading significantly below its net asset value. In addition, the company has its capital expenditures covered for the next year after unloading interests in the Permian Basin for $2.6 billion. Check out the video below for more information on SandRidge.

Investors were startled after SandRidge plummeted when natural gas prices reached 10-year lows, but with the company focusing on growing liquids production, the future looks optimistic. If you are unsure about the future of this emerging oil and gas junior and are looking to find out more about its strengths and weaknesses, then check out The Motley Fool’s premium research report detailing SandRidge’s game plan and what to expect from the company going forward. To get started, simply click here now!

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IBM's Challenges Could End the Dow's Record Run

By Dan Caplinger, The Motley Fool

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Lately, whenever stock markets have appeared on edge, the solution has involved central bank intervention. Today, it was the Bank of Japan‘s turn to add some stimulus to the global economy, with an ambitious program of asset purchases and monetary expansion in an attempt to stem the decades-long negative impact of deflation on the island nation’s economy. The greatest impact from the move came in Tokyo, where the Nikkei reversed an early slump to rise more than 2%. But even as European stocks slumped, the Dow Jones Industrials managed to take the BOJ‘s move and build on it, climbing more than 55 points.

IBM , though, fell 0.6%, which made it the biggest loser in the Dow on a percentage basis. As numerous Fool contributors have noted earlier today, Oracle scored a big win in its challenge to IBM‘s strategy of dominating the Big Data market, when a study showed that Oracle’s technology performed better than IBM‘s. As troubling as that is for Big Blue, it ordinarily wouldn’t have a big impact on the broader stock market. But because IBM‘s share price is so high, it has a disproportionately heavy weighting in the price-weighted Dow. As a result, if IBM can’t resolve its problems, a stock decline could make it very hard for the Dow to advance overall.

Alcoa also fell 0.6% as investors prepare for the aluminum company to open the official earnings season on Monday. Despite persistent weakness in aluminum prices, the company is well-positioned to take advantage of rising demand for aircraft, automobiles, and other industrial applications. As Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman noted earlier today, Alcoa’s active attempts to streamline and optimize its business should prepare it to benefit greatly from the next cyclical upturn, even if the company goes through more pain in the short run.

Finally, Greenbrier fell more than 4% after beating earnings estimates, but falling well short on overall sales. The railroad-services company said that deliveries fell 27% during the quarter, leading to a decline in revenue of nearly 8%. Perhaps, more importantly, Greenbrier shareholders seemed dissatisfied with the way the company has moved forward after rejecting a merger bid with American Railcar Industries that activist investor Carl Icahn had tried to broker. Even with expectations of better sales ahead and a cheap valuation, Greenbrier can’t seem to inspire confidence among investors.

Materials industries are traditionally known for their high barriers to entry, and the aluminum industry is no exception. Controlling about 15% of global production in this highly consolidated industry, Alcoa is in prime position to take advantage of growth that some expect will lead to total industry revenue approaching $160 billion by 2017. Based on this prospect and several other company-specific factors, Alcoa is certainly worth a closer look. For a Foolish investment perspective on this global giant, simply click here now to get started.

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Ford And Toyota Are Reasons Why Alcoa Might Be A Buy

By Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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In this video, Motley Fool analyst Taylor Muckerman outlines three reasons to buy Alcoa . First, there is a rebound in the global economy, particularly in China and, to a lesser extent, the United States. Demand for aircraft, autos, and truck trailers are projected to drive aluminum demand. Second, Alcoa is actively restructuring its business and pursuing other means of reducing its costs. Lastly, Alcoa is set on maintaining its investor grade credit rating which means that it can expand its business through the debt market at attractive rates if it chooses.

Materials industries are traditionally known for their high barriers to entry, and the aluminum industry is no exception. Controlling about 15% of global production in this highly consolidated industry, Alcoa is in prime position to take advantage of growth that some expect will lead to total industry revenue approaching $160 billion by 2017. Based on this prospect and several other company-specific factors, Alcoa is certainly worth a closer look. For a Foolish investment perspective on this global giant simply click here now to get started.

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1 Energy Stock Coming Out the Big Winner in Q1

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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In the following video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman discuss Core Laboratories‘ excellent performance so far this year. The company’s strong Q4 earnings led them to kick off Q1 this year with a powerful start, and Core Labs is also showing both record profits and record free cash flow at the moment. Joel tells us, however, why this isn’t a value play at its current valuation and gives us the story behind Core Labs‘ recent success.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool‘s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations and poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this under-the-radar company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

The article 1 Energy Stock Coming Out the Big Winner in Q1 originally appeared on Fool.com.


Joel South and Taylor Muckerman have no position in any stocks mentioned, and neither does The Motley Fool. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Refiners Keep Rewarding Shareholders

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Between the huge increase in heavy oil coming in from Canada and the new wave of shale oil production in the U.S., American oil refiners have access to a huge amount of cheap feedstock, which means great margins and powerhouse performances for investors. So many refiners had an incredible year in 2012, and in this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman tell us that the ride isn’t over. Joel gives us some of the top performers over the past year in this space and discusses whether investors can expect these ideal conditions to continue.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool‘s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations and poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this under-the-radar company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

The article Refiners Keep Rewarding Shareholders originally appeared on Fool.com.


Joel South and Taylor Muckerman have no position in any stocks mentioned, and neither does The Motley Fool. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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Strong Quarter for Natural Gas

By Joel South and Taylor Muckerman, The Motley Fool

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Late-season cold weather has helped to reduce the levels of natural gas in storage, and this combined with receding production has brought natural gas prices up by 16% in the past month, which is a huge win for natural gas producers and their investors. In this video, Motley Fool energy analysts Joel South and Taylor Muckerman give investors the names of a few low-cost natural gas producers that are poised to lock in some of the best returns in the industry from these climbing natural gas prices.

There are many different ways to play the energy sector, and The Motley Fool‘s analysts have uncovered an under-the-radar company that’s dominating its industry. This company is a leading provider of equipment and components used in drilling and production operations and poised to profit in a big way from it. To get the name and detailed analysis of this company that will prosper for years to come, check out the special free report: “The Only Energy Stock You’ll Ever Need.” Don’t miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this under-the-radar company before the market does. Click here to access your report — it’s totally free.

The article Strong Quarter for Natural Gas originally appeared on Fool.com.


Joel South and Taylor Muckerman have no position in any stocks mentioned. The Motley Fool recommends Range Resources. It recommends and owns shares of Ultra Petroleum and has the following options: long Jan. 2014 $30 calls, long Jan. 2014 $40 calls, and long Jan. 2014 $50 calls. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools may not all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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