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Oil Prices, Inventories and the US Dollar

Fluctuations in the US dollar's value relative to major international currencies can influence crude-oil prices. But many more important factors are also at play. Right now, elevated oil inventories, resilient US production and the prospect of refinery turnarounds set the stage for seasonal downside in the price of West Texas Intermediate.



  • Utility Stocks

    Selloff in Utility Sector Creates Buying Opportunity

    By Roger S. Conrad | Jul. 3, 2015
    Investors have sold utility stocks en masse, using concerns that rising interest rates will erode the value of future dividends as an excuse to take profits after last year’s rally. This is the pullback we’ve been waiting for, but there could be more downside in store. We highlight two high-quality names to buy now.
  • Investment Strategy

    Buying the Dip

    By Elliott H. Gue | Jul. 3, 2015
    Key technical indicators suggest that US equities could be due for a 5 percent to 10 percent pullback. We take advantage of recent weakness in one of the names on our watch list and add the stock to the Wealth Builders Portfolio.
  • Tech Stocks

    Cybersecurity: Two for the Money

    By Jason R. Koepke | Jun. 30, 2015
    With corporations motivated to avoid the negative publicity, business disruptions and lost customers associated with data breaches, now is the time to add exposure to the coming cybersecurity boom.  
  • Income Investing

    Dialing for Dollars

    By Roger S. Conrad | Jun. 29, 2015
    Telecom’s biggest players continue to pull away from the competition, making these high-yielding stocks the only names in the sector worth owning. Meanwhile, yield moths eyeing closed-end bond funds need to understand the risks and be selective to avoid getting burned.
  • Investment Strategy

    What Lies Beneath

    By Elliott H. Gue | Jun. 15, 2015
    The S&P 500’s flat performance this year belies a number of major market and economic trends that investors can ride to profits. These key themes will inform our investment strategy as we continue to assemble our shopping list for a potential pullback in the stock market.



    A balanced portfolio of Elliott Gue’s top stocks for capital appreciation.


    Roger Conrad’s top stocks for investors seeking reliable income.


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