Refining stocks have been on fire this year; shares of the five major US independent refiners are up an average of 24.3 percent year to date, significantly outpacing the 13.4 percent gain posted by the S&P 500 Energy Index. Strong fundamentals in the refining industry have also provided an important tailwind for major integrated oil companies such as Chevron Corp ...

Although the Macondo oil spill and consequent political and regulatory uncertainties have plunged the US offshore drilling industry into chaos, onshore producers have adopted the “Drill, baby, drill” mantra as their own. In fact, the US oil-directed rig count more than doubled in 2010, reaching record highs along the way. In addition to the disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, the ...

With oil prices edging closer to $100 per barrel, the chatter about electric cars is again on the rise. Jon Hykawy, head of global research with Toronto-based Byron Capital Markets, thinks the time is nigh for the mass adoption of electric cars, all of which will need specialty metals like lithium. But where is that lithium going to come from? ...

Exchange traded funds (ETFs) have been around for almost 20 years but small boutique firms are finding new ways to slice them up and repackage them for investors who are taking an active approach to their investment funds, not simply buying and holding them. Richard Kang, CIO and director of research for New York-based Emerging Global Advisors, specializes in ETFs ...

The mere mention of oil prices eclipsing $100 per barrel prompts most US consumers to grouse about paying $5 per gallon of gasoline at the pump. It's easy to focus on the relationship between oil and gasoline prices. But the potential for diesel prices to hit $5 per gallon is of equal concern. Gasoline accounts for a little over half of ...