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Weekend: $100 Oil Driving U.S. Energy Stocks

Keith Kohl

Written By Keith Kohl

Posted February 26, 2011

Welcome to the Energy and Capital Weekend Edition — our insights from the week in investing and links to our most-read Energy and Capital and sister publication articles.


You know Gaddafi’s getting desperate. And he’s determined to take the country out with him.

At least, that’s what he’s trying to do…

Taking out the country’s oil fields would have a disastrous effect. Three-quarters of Libya’s energy comes from oil, and the rest from natural gas.

However, it’s clear that he’s quickly losing ground. Defections within his military increase on a daily basis.

And that’s understandable — even expected — when your mission is to fire on anti-regime demonstrators. In some cases, entire units of the military have actually joined protestors.

There was news this week that several pilots even defected midair, having been ordered to bomb oil fields.

Of course, fear from the Mideast unrest catapulted WTI prices into triple-digit territory for the first time.

Granted, the United States hasn’t exactly been swimming in crude from Libya…

As you can see, our imports from Gaddafi are practically non-existent:

Libya oil imports

Our OPEC oil addiction, however, is a different story:

OPEC oil imports 2-25

Although I’m confident we’ll eventually eliminate our thirst for Mideast oil, it won’t happen overnight.

We’re still importing approximately 4.6 million barrels every day from OPEC.

So what’s next?

$100 oil driving U.S. stocks

I’ve told you before that $100/bbl oil is not only inevitable, but that it will push drilling stocks to new heights.

You’ve seen time and again that U.S. oil stocks are ripe for the picking. Drilling is growing at a feverish pace, taking hold in the some of the most prolific basins across the country.

Still not sure where to make your next move?

Here are a few of this week’s investment stories that have helped Energy and Capital readers turn a tidy profit during the latest energy bull run…

Shale Fracking: The Secret Fracking Revolution Happening Right Now
The fight over hydraulic fracturing is waging across U.S. shale basins. One company, only now gaining national attention, threatens to revolutionize the entire shale industry with their “petro-fracking” technology.

Sunless Solar: The Impossible Comes to Light
Although it sounds more akin to science fiction, sunless solar power has become a reality — especially for investors savvy enough to take advantage of the situation. You don’t have to imagine a technology 300% more efficient than rooftop solar panels… It’s here.

A New Era in Battery Technology: The Next Link in the Profit Chain
Editor Nick Hodge goes over China’s dominance of the solar industry and its next course of action for solar profits.

Carlos Slim Continues to Invest in Mining: Three Junior Mining Stocks Near Slim’s New Mining Venture
Analyst Luke Burgess discuss Carlos Slim’s new mining venture in Zacatecas, Mexico, and gives investors a few new ideas on how to take advantage of the rapidly developing regional mining district.

The Saudis Don’t Like It: Chaos, $158 Oil, and The Kingdom Can’t Help
Editor Christian DeHaemer reports on chaos in the Middle East and tells readers how to profit from $158 oil…

Libya’s Oil Upheaval: Mideast Oil is Risky Business
Editor Keith Kohl explains why the latest unrest in Libya spells trouble for Big Oil.

The Resource Curse: Securing Your Oil Wealth
Editor Nick Hodge tells readers why he welcomes higher oil prices and why you should, too.

Silver Headed to $50 an Ounce in 2011: Global Supply Dwindles While Demand Skyrockets
Analyst Greg McCoach discusses the current silver market and explains how the white metal is in shorter supply than most investors are aware of.

My Last Coal Reco is up 823%: The Secret Energy Boom
Editor Chris DeHaemer reveals the secret energy boom taking place around the globe… and tells investors how to cash in on a profitable coal market.

The Return of $100 Oil: The Best Way to Profit from Higher Pump Prices
Editor Ian Cooper takes a look at recent oil-driving chaos, and offers a few ways to trade the news.

Wisconsin Union Protests: Why Wisconsin Protests Could Put Your Wealth at Risk
Editor Jeff Siegel shares his thoughts on the Wisconsin protests and how they could affect your wealth.

Enjoy the weekend,

Keith Kohl
Editor, Energy and Capital

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