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Markets should look for “a significant additional political risk premium on the price of Brent” if nuclear arms talks between Iran and major world powers break down, Nomura has warned. If Iran walks away from the negotiation table over the proliferation of nuclear weapons technology in the country, markets could easily be spooked over the …

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An oil refinery in Kenai, Alaska.

The recent drop in oil prices is providing relief to consumers’ budgets in the form of lower gasoline prices. But if you happen to live in a region that’s a big energy producer, falling oil prices may soon take a bite out of your state’s budget. Take Alaska. The state, which relies on oil taxes …

Oil prices continue to decline

The price of oil fell below $80 a barrel during the trading day. That’s good news for drivers, but could be bad news for parts of the job market.

Market Monitor: Rob Thummel

Our Market Monitor guest has energy stock picks he says are direct beneficiaries of the U.S. energy renaissance.

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A working oil pump is seen in Oberlauterbach, Eastern France, September 9, 2014.

Oil-related stocks dropped on Wednesday, following a big drop in crude prices the day before and as U.S. equity markets traded lower on new worries about Europe. However, the S&P 500 Energy Sector was down a little less than the broader S&P 500 Index on Wednesday. “There’s some hopeful analysis out there that the action …

What’s next for crude?

With oil prices tumbling, we turn to one expert who says to get out and stay away from oil related stocks.

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File photo: Laid-off Enron employees outside Enron headquarters as the company collapsed in 2001

Anybody with even a cursory knowledge of energy markets can guess the biggest energy bankruptcy in history: That would be Enron, the former “energy trading” firm that used accounting fraud to achieve high share prices, media accolades, and small fortunes for a few key executives. But even aside from Enron, the energy industry has had …

Oil prices & the economy

With oil prices down more than $20 a barrel since the end of June, what is the impact of lower energy costs on the U.S. economy and for consumers?

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Vivint Solar technicians install solar panels on the roof of a house in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Pat Kennell’s motivation for installing sun power in his home is typical of the solar industry’s new customer: He did it to save money. The retired police officer from Stony Point, New York, said his cost of energy per kilowatt hour will go from 20 cents with the local utility company to 13 cents with …

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The prospect of a harsh northern hemisphere winter, an Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) supply cut and a volatile geopolitical picture may send oil prices back towards $100 a barrel, a CNBC survey of strategists and traders showed. Benchmark Brent crude oil – used to price two-thirds of oil globally – has entered a bear market, falling …

Residential solar heats up

Solar roof panels are popping up in neighborhoods from coast to coast as homeowners look to cut their utility bills and help the environment.

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Teams gather for the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition.

Solar power could trump alternatives like fossil fuels, wind, hydro and nuclear to be the world’s largest source of electricity by 2050, according to a prominent energy watchdog. The International Energy Agency (IEA), which is best known for its monthly oil updates, published two reports on Monday detailing how greater use of solar energy could …

Pressure to export crude oil

A new report suggests that U.S. crude prices could tumble $30 below international prices, unless the nation begins exporting some of the product it’s producing.

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Oilfield workers at a drilling platform near the Iraqi city of Badra, south of Baghdad.

Geopolitical tensions between Russia and the West and troubles in Middle East have dominated headlines all summer, but investors so far have managed to shrug off fears, with the market reaction remaining fairly contained. The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) basket of 12 crude oils slid to $94.31 on Tuesday, the lowest level since …

Gas prices could hit a 4-year low

Gas prices this autumn are expected to be the lowest in four years.