The situation in Eastern Europe keeps getting worse. And it has
everything to do with oil.
Russia's actions in Ukraine are largely tied to its oil
interests. Russia's economy is extremely dependent on high
, and its interests in Ukraine are a product of Vladimir Putin
trying to tighten his grip on Russia's European oil monopoly.
Ukraine is a major exporter of Russia's natural gas, shipping
the resource to more than a dozen other European countries. The
ongoing conflict in Crimea has traders worried that the dispute
could disrupt oil supplies flowing from Russia.
However, there is a potential emerging power in the natural
gas trade: America. The U.S. is expected to increase natural gas
production by 44% in the next 25 years, and the U.S. Energy
Information Administration predicts the country will be a net
exporter of nat. gas by 2020.
Currently, however, America's natural gas exports are limited
by stringent trade regulations. And pressure is building on
President Obama to "turn on the spigot," as our Tyler Laundon
wrote this week.
Tyler's article on "How the U.S. Can Break Putin's Energy
Monopoly" is one of several compelling investment-related
subjects we explored at
Steve Mauzy wrote how gluttony is "Bad for the Waist, Worse
for the Income Portfolio." And options trader Andy Crowder
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)
trade that netted his subscribers 28.9% - without even having to
buy the stock.
Here's what else was on our analysts' minds this week at Wyatt
The Top 5 Bank Stocks for Dividend Investors
- U.S. banks have come a long way in the five years since the
recession they largely created. And more and more of them are
rewarding shareholders. Here are five that do it best.
Gluttony: Bad for the Waist, Worse for the Income
- More isn't always better. Sometimes less is: Vigorously
exercising an hour a day strengthens the body. Vigorously
exercising three hours a day weakens it. Income can be viewed
through a similar lens.
How the U.S. Can Break Putin's Energy Monopoly
- With natural gas production surging in the U.S., the country is
in a position to increase exports, if it so chooses. Ukraine
isn't the only European country that could benefit. And it's
certainly not the only one interested in seeing the U.S. break
Russia's energy monopoly.
The Outsiders: How Unconventional CEOs Routinely Beat
- William Thorndike's book
details how eight companies earned huge returns for their
shareholders by doing things the unconventional way. I think I
may have just found a ninth.
The Only 3D Printing Stock to Own in 2014
- Three-dimensional printing was one of the hottest investment
trends of 2013, hands down. Pure-play 3D printing stocks
3D Systems (
Stratasys (Nasdaq: SSYS)
rose by 160% and 68%, respectively. But 2014 is an entirely
different story. And there's only one 3D printing stock you
How to Make 28.9% in Microsoft by Selling Puts
- Selling puts can be a reliable way to earn consistent returns.
Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT)
trade was the latest example.
Two Apple Charts That Will Scare You
- I found two Apple iPhone charts that will scare you whether you
own shares of the company or are considering an investment.
Price-to-Sales Ratio: The Perfect Stock
(P/S) is an underappreciated valuation metric. I like the
P/S ratio because sales are more difficult to manipulate than
Why Berkshire Owns $2.5 Billion of DVA Stock
Berkshire Hathaway (NYSE: BRK-B)
has been betting big on the healthcare sector by investing in
just one stock.
Will a Google Robot Assemble Your Next iPhone?
has a knack for extending its reach into new, highly disruptive
and exceptionally risky technologies. Its latest buying spree has
included eight robotics companies at a cost of hundreds of
millions of dollars.
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