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Investors embraced stock funds in 2014, but only certain kinds

...super-cycle ground to a halt last year due in part to slowing growth in China and other emerging markets. The price of crude oil dropped by nearly half, and copper fell 16.8 percent.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-23/investors-embraced-stock-f
Best to wait until energy stocks hit rock bottom

...second half of this year.Past declines due to an oversupply of oil have been followed by long recovery periods. In 1986 crude oil started the year around $26, before losing more than half its value by the spring. It didn't get back to $26 until...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-18/best-wait-until-energy-sto
US trade deficit hits 11-month low of $39 billion

WASHINGTON - The U.S. trade deficit fell in November to the lowest level in 11 months as crude oil imports dropped to a two-decade low.The Commerce Department says the trade deficit narrowed to $39 billion in November, down...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-07/us-trade-deficit-hits-11-m
Oil prices could cut into ethanol profits, but demand strong with federal biofuel mandate

...trucks a day filled with corn continued to flow into the Green Plains ethanol plant in southwest Iowa this week ? even as crude oil prices continued to collapse.Oil prices might have dipped below $50 a barrel for the first time since April 2009...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2015-01-11/oil-prices-could-cut-ethan
In 2014, US economy began shaky, finished strong

...billion-plus of their own stock.OIL PRICES PLUNGE: In a gift for U.S. consumers, energy got significantly cheaper. Crude oil prices were essentially cut in half from this year's high. The slowing economies in Europe and Asia curbed demand...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-26/2014-us-economy-began-shak
Gas stations cheer lower gas prices along with drivers

...and $1.10 below its peak for this year of $3.70, reached in April.Gas has fallen because the global price of crude oil has dropped 45 percent since this summer. The U.S., Canada and other countries are producing more oil at time when...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-12/gas-stations-cheer-lower-g
Gas prices fall below $2 a gallon in Aiken

...next year, so cheap gasoline should stick around for a while."The Energy Information Admin istration forecasts WTI crude oil prices to average $63 per barrel in 2015, a decline of $12 compared to the fourth quarter of 2014.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/latest-news/2014-12-29/gas-prices-fall-below-2-gall
Investors still see benefit of hiring stock pickers to run their funds

...This year, it's been a negative. Exxon Mobil has shed 11 percent of its value due to the plunge in the price of crude oil.But many fund managers have shielded themselves from the slump. Fund managers who own a mix of value and growth large-cap...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-12-19/investors-still-see-benefi
Falling oil prices affect global economy

...world is awash in oil at a time when demand from major economies is weak ? so prices are falling.The price of U.S. crude oil dropped $7.54 a barrel, or 10 percent, to $66.15 on Friday and is down 38 percent since hitting $107 in June...

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-28/falling-oil-prices-affect-
OPEC keeps oil output on hold despite low prices

...not entirely what we wanted," and analysts suggested that others share that view."I think you're going to see additional tension between the OPEC ranks," said Jamie Webster, the senior director of crude oil markets at IHS consultants.

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/business/2014-11-27/opec-keeps-oil-output-hold