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The State of the Energy Sector

The oil spill in the gulf has left a lot of questions, but it may have also left much more for opportunistic investors. Brian Hicks from U.S. Global Investors discusses the potential in a world where oil prices could surge to over $100 a barrel.


Hennessy Focus 30 Fund Rebalances Into Utilities, Energy

Running its quantitative screens for its annual rebalancing, the Hennessy Focus 30 Fund turned up two sectors that at first puzzled Neil Hennessy, chairman and chief investment officer of Hennessy Funds: energy and utilities.

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ProShares Rolls Out Leveraged, Short Natural Gas ETFs

ProShares has launched the ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Natural Gas and ProShares UltraShort DJ-UBS Natural Gas exchange-traded funds. The two funds are tied to the Dow Jones-UBS Natural Gas Subindex.

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Demand for Solar Thermal Equipment Expected to Grow

According to IBISWorld, revenue is expected to grow 35.1% per year to $185.3 million in the five-year period. Generous government incentives for solar thermal energy manufacturing and downstream solar power generation (the industry's customer) have buoyed revenue.

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CEOs Less Optimistic, Concerned About Energy Prices

Potential lack of demand is the biggest challenge to growth over the next 12 months, according to 75% of chief executives, up eight points from the previous quarter, but large companies are much more worried about oil and energy prices than smaller ones.

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Fidelity Analyst Bullish on Alternative Energy Firms

The wind is at the back of alternative energy and it has a sunny future that investors should prepare to capitalize on. That’s the word from Anna Davydova, portfolio manager of Fidelity Select Environment and Alternative Energy.

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Investors File Record Number of Environmental Resolutions

In the last proxy season, the 35 most prominent shareholder activists, who together manage more than $500 billion in assets, filed resolutions with nine oil and gas companies pressing them to disclose their plans for managing the risks of gas hydraulic fracturing -- or “fracking”-- which is increasingly common.

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Talking Point

"Can you hear the cacophy starting? Its the sound of yapping about the size of ExxonMobil's record profits for last year. So What? Its spill was 21 years ago. The world got over that."

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