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  • Kenya Exploration Strong Despite Oil Price Slump

    Despite falling oil prices, investors betting on the longer-term—and a price rebound—should be eyeing exploration and development in Kenya’s massive eastern Lokichar and Anza basins, where the big winners will be those who dig in for the long-term game.While the recent slump in oil prices could hamper exploration on a global level, Kenya and its recent finds may be more immune than other areas. In fact, exploration and production companies are cutting costs in other areas in order to shift focus to Kenya, which is poised to become the key East African oil and gas hub.Kenya appears resilient to faltering…

  • More To Ruble’s Collapse Than Meets The Eye

    The ruble is dying, and fast. In what is now being dubbed ‘Black Monday’ the ruble’s value to the dollar dropped nearly 15 percent. Tuesday brought no respite and the ruble fell another 10 percent. The ruble’s collapse follows a similar – though by no means as extreme – slump in oil prices. Still, the Russian economy’s troubles are deeper than that and President Vladimir Putin will be hard-pressed to find an easy out. With a recession looming, state energy companies are struggling to stay afloat, if not directly contributing to the country’s woes. On the year, the ruble has…

  • The Future Of Fracking Is Cleaner, Cheaper And Easier With Plasma

    As fracking scrutiny snowballs with California’s stringent new regulations set to take effect in July and a successful anti-fracking referendum earlier this month in Denton, Texas, industry is eyeing new technology that foregoes toxic chemicals and harnesses plasma pulses reminiscent of science fiction weaponry. Indeed, Plasma Pulse Technology (PPT) is a weapon of sorts—one that could bridge the divide between oil and gas producers on one hand and environmentalists and regular citizens who are concerned that the toxic chemicals used in the process will pollute groundwater. Because it does not use any chemicals, Plasma Pulse Technology—exclusively licensed in the US…

  • Christmas For Small-Cap Oil: How To Play Falling Oil Prices

    As oil prices continue to drop and the Saudis predict stabilization only at around $60 per barrel, the savvy investor will find a multitude of opportunities to get in on the American oil boom this Christmas for cheap—and junior companies with conventional assets are poised to raise a lot of attention.Brent and WTI crude hit a new five-year low on the back of already falling prices, and as prices continue on their downward spiral, competition in the industry is tightening. But it’s not just about oversupply—undervaluation is playing a major role in market dynamics, and this is where investors will…

  • Micro-Cap Neglect Could Be Investor Reward: Casimir's Philip Juskowicz

    Philip Juskowicz sits down with the Energy Report to discuss Micro caps in the oil and gas sectors. TER: Your expertise is in the exploration and production (E&P) space. Please give our readers some key investable ideas among those names. Philip Juskowicz: We've seen a divergence between the micro-cap space and the small-cap space within the oil and gas E&P companies. The micro caps have underperformed substantially versus the small caps over the past couple of years. I attribute that to enthusiasm for shale plays, yet only small-cap companies have the financing necessary to develop those expensive plays. Micro caps…

  • Get In On The Next Big Discovery In Utah

    A small Houston-based oil and gas exploration company is soon to undertake a wildcat exploration with the potential to uncover nearly 266 million barrels of oil in Utah’s up-and-coming Overthrust region.Virtus Oil & Gas (OTCQB: VOIL) is poised to hit it big with conventional drilling methods in what is known as the Parowan Project—a 55,477-acre parcel in the heart of Utah’s oil-laden Overthrust region. If successful, their 12,000-foot deep test well, which is scheduled to begin in September 2015, would mean monumental returns for investors, who are currently paying less than $2.00 per share.If this rags-to-riches story sounds familiar, it…

  • A Short, But Potentially Critical, Mining Change

    Quick update on the developing situation in Africa's important mining center, Burkina Faso. The new transitional government of that nation announced last week that it is making some important shifts in mining policy. Perhaps most importantly, officials said they will "review" existing mining contracts in the country. Which were signed under the previous government of president Blaise Compaore--who was deposed in a coup in October, ending his 27-year rule.Related: This Gold-Rich Nation Finally Opened Up Although few details were given, such moves are always unsettling. Especially when a major change of government is involved--potentially opening the door for new regulators to…

  • No One Expected This Move in Gold Markets

    Colombia to Bangkok the last two weeks. And now back with perhaps some of the best news this year for the gold sector. That comes from critical consuming nation India. Where officials made one of the most surprising moves yet in the ongoing saga over gold imports. The Indian government announced this week that it is easing one of the major restrictions on gold imports: the so-called "20:80 rule". Under that scheme, importers of bullion have been required to re-export 20% of the supply they bring into the country. Making it more difficult for sellers to provide gold for sale.Related: Two…

  • Cheap Oil Has Created Some Fantastic Opportunities – Stocks To Watch

    The following is an interview with Rudolf Hokanson in which he discusses some noteworthy players in both the oilfield services and exploration and production sectors in the US Shale scene and why they could represent good opportunities. TER: Is the energy sector undervalued? Rudolf Hokanson: Energy is very undervalued. The market is not sure how to interpret what is going on in the world, and it runs scared of its own shadow. The market has a tendency to overreact to "The News," and then to discount current pricing trends by focusing on near-term commodity valuations. TER: What world news is…

  • Is Madalena Energy The Oil Company To Watch In 2015?

    Madalena Energy – A Key International Oil & Gas Player Drilling Four “Company Makers” in 2015Nineteen Compelling Reasons why Madalena Energy (TSXV: MVN; OTC: MDLNF) is positioned for triple digit returns As an investor looking for torque and multi-bagger potential in the oil and gas industry there is one company that has secured large acreage positions on prolific conventional plays, massive unconventional shale assets and multiple large-in place horizontal resource plays, and has centered its company strategy around a turn in the Argentina energy sector heading into 2015. Madalena Energy (TSXV: MVN; OTC:MDLNF), a growing small-cap international based in Canada,…