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How to Play Rising Gasoline Prices

as published at  http://www.stockpickr.com/how-play-rising-gasoline-prices.html

NEW YORK (SmartStops) — President Obama made some commentsover the weekend that there is no “silver bullet” to help bring down gas prices. While this isn’t what most Americans want to hear, investors and traders can profit from rising gasoline prices to help hedge their daily expenses.

If you believe that Obama is right, here are a few ways to profit from rising gas prices, either by playing certain ETFs or specific equities.

In his weekly radio address, Obama said: “Now, whenever gas prices shoot up, like clockwork, you see politicians racing to the cameras, waving three-point plans for $2 gas. You see people trying to grab headlines or score a few points. The truth is, there’s no silver bullet that can bring down gas prices right away.”

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Four ETFs To Play Rise In Gasoline Prices

As global demand for crude oil continues to increase to record levels and supply remains constricted, the price of gasoline continues to itch upwards, passing the $3 per gallon mark in October and giving support to the United States Gasoline Fund (UGA), the PowerShares DB Energy (DBE), the iShares Dow Jones US Oil & Gas Ex Index (IEO) and the Vanguard Energy ETF (VDE).

According to the American Petroleum Institute, worldwide demand for crude oil in 2010 hit a record of more than 87 million barrels per day and in the coming year this number is expected to increase as appetites in China, the Middle East and India continue to grow and witness increasing purchasing power.    Further demand support in the current year is expected to come from developed countries, such as the United States and Germany, as they continue to witness improvements in economic climate.  Read More…

Four ETFs To Play Canada’s Natural Resources

As global demand for natural resources remains insatiable, Canada’s vast supply of these natural resources makes it highly appealing to investors.

The democratically governed nation, just north of our border, boasts the world’s second largest oil reserve, trailing none other than Saudi Arabia, has a vast supply of natural gas and generates a decent amount of nuclear energy, enabling the nation to be a net exporter of energy.  Furthermore, Canada is the world’s largest producer of zinc and uranium, as well as a positive producer of gold, nickel, aluminum and lead, all commodities that fast-growing nations in Asia and Latin America are thirsty for.    In fact, according to a recent Barron’s article, Export Development Canada, a government agency that provides credit to Canadian exporters, forecasts 57% growth in Canadian exports to Asian-Pacific countries and lesser-but-strong growth to other emerging markets in 2011. Read More…

Two ETFs To Play Coal’s Appeal

Over the last year coal has been performing well as economies around the world continue to expand and demand for global energy continues to rise.  As for the future of the commodity, both microeconomic and macroeconomic factors suggest that the commodity will likely continue to remain hot.


In the coming year, China is expected to be a net importer of coal. This phenomenon in the Asian nation is two-fold. From a demand perspective, China continues to grow and therefore demands more coal, to generate electricity and fuel its power plants. From a supply perspective, China has been known to be the largest coal producer in the world, however, the nation in the middle of a major consolidation of its coal industry which is restricting supply. Additionally, unseasonably cold weather has increased the energy demand for home heating. Therefore, demand for coal in China will likely far outweigh supply.    Read More…

Three ETFs To Play Canada’s Rich Supply Of Resources

With its array of natural resources, supply of commodities and enviable banking system, Canada remains relatively appealing and poses an opportunity for investors.

The democratically governed nation is one of the world’s largest trading nations and is a net exporter of energy. In fact, Canada boasts the world’s second largest oil reserves, behind Saudi Arabia, as well as ample supplies of natural gas and nuclear energy. Due to its abundance of energy-related resources, the maple-leaf nation has built strong relationships with China, South Korea and other energy-hungry nations, setting itself up to witness healthy growth in the near-term future. Read More…

Weak Dollar Could Boost Oil ETFs

As commodities like cotton, wheat and copper have witnessed price surges this year, the actions and decisions of the Federal Reserve combined with sustainable global demand could boost crude oil providing positive price support to the United States Oil Fund (USO), the United States 12 Month Oil Fund (USL), the PowerShares DB Oil Fund (DBO) and the iPath S&P GSCI Crude Oil TR Index ETN (OIL). Read More…

New Uranium ETF Supported By Demand For Nuclear Energy

As emerging markets continue to grow and have insatiable energy demand, there are numerous reasons to watch nuclear energy and the Global X Uranium ETF (URA). 

URA will be the first ETF to give exposure to a global pool of companies which include uranium miners, refiners and equipment makers.  Uranium is important because it is a primary component in the production of nuclear energy and is used in nearly 4 percent of the globe’s traditional non-renewable energy.  Read More…

4 ETFs To Play Ethanol

As governments continue to place an emphasis on renewable energy, many suggest that the future prospects for corn and sugar cane-based ethanol is promising giving support to the Teucrium CORN (CORN), PowerShares Global Agriculture (PAGG), Market Vectors Agribusiness (MOO), and ELEMENTS MLCX Biofuels ETN (FUE).

In Brazil, the main source of fuel in automobiles is already ethanol as most of the nation’s vehicles used for transportation can either run solely on ethanol or utilize a flex-fuel system which uses a mix of gasoline and ethanol.  The success of Brazil’s use of ethanol has many other nations looking at it as a viable power source.  Read More…

Increased Demand Could Boost Coal ETFs

As emerging markets continue to grow at stellar rates and developed markets continue to rebuild their economies, the demand for coal is expected to increase providing positive price support for the Market Vectors Coal ETF (KOL) and the PowerShares Global Coal Portfolio ETF (PKOL).

The primary driver in increased demand for coal is expected to come from global power generation.  Coal is absolutely essential when it comes to the generation of power.  In fact nearly 40% of the world’s electricity is produced using coal and continues to remain the main fuel in electricity generation in China, India, US, Germany, Australia and many parts of Europe.   With the expected growth in purchasing power of emerging markets and the overall growth in global population, the demand for global electricity is likely to follow.  Increased demand has already been seen in the US, as electricity consumption increased by nearly 2% over the previous year.  Read More…

Three ETFs To Play Nuclear Energy

As the world’s energy needs amplify, volatility in oil and gas continue to prevail and rising concerns over global warming loom on the political forefront, there are numerous reasons to keep an eye on nuclear energy.

According to the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), global demand for electricity is expected to rise by 2.5 times over the next 40 years and is suggests that nuclear energy should be the answer to this uptick in demand.  In fact, the NEA has forecasted the number of nuclear reactors worldwide to grow 600 and 1,400 by 2050, translating into a necessary investment of between $680 billion and $3.9 trillion.  One major driver behind this belief is that at current utilization rates, nuclear energy generates nearly 15% of all global electricity.  In some countries, nuclear energy plays a much more significant role in providing electricity-in France, the country with the second largest number of nuclear plants, 80% of all electricity is generated via nuclear reactors. Read More…


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