A combination of foreign unrest, Arab recalcitrance and a plunging dollar is pushing energy prices into the danger zone.
The animosity in Washington and oil's relentless rally are intractable problems that will weigh on US stocks until July. Look for companies that are barely American to escape the morass.
Stocks stumble as silver crosses $40 for the first time since 1980 and gold hits a new high. Traders pile into commodities believing the Fed won't raise rates any time soon. A government shutdown looks likely. Techs are weak.
After a string of disappointing dry holes, Statoil finds a field that could keep production stable on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The Dow finishes up 33 as Cisco, Hewlett-Packard and Microsoft rally. Apple sags. Bed Bath & Beyond shares jump on strong 4th-quarter results. Gold briefly tops $1,460. But metals and chemical stocks fall back.
Exaggerated fears that high gas prices will bring about the return of the 'staycation' this summer have pressured share prices of these travel stocks down to bargain levels.
The fund has become increasingly disjointed from its underlying index, so just watch it from the sidelines for now.
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These companies won't soar like other plays in the sector, but they make for great income sources.
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