Senate panel passes bill lifting crude oil export ban
WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate panel has approved energy legislation that would lift the 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports and open some areas of the Outer Continental Shelf to oil and gas exploration.
Republican Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, chairman of the panel, championed the plan to lift the restrictions. It passed by a party-line vote of 12-10.
Murkowski said lifting the ban would turn the U.S. into an energy superpower.
Democrat Maria Cantwell of Washington, who opposes lifting the ban, describes the votes as an important first step in a long journey.
The Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee approved an array of energy legislation on Thursday. Lawmakers wanted to move the energy legislation out of committee before the August recess.
Thanks for the article, Don. Just slightly inflammatory headline as I expected some sort of story about eagles runnning into the blades or something. Much more reasonable and moderate and I'm sure that if similar studies had been done before, during and after fields began to be plowed in N. Dakota, the effects would be larger. It is good to know what is happening to the ecosystem, but I would guess this indicates it's not real bad though I don't much care for the noise of turbines.
Next week will be the ride around N. Dakota again (CANDISC) and this time we are staying close to Garrison. I'm going to leave on Friday and spend a day around the fields north of the Missouri. Would like to see some floozies or other interesting wildlife.
U.S. Geological Survey authored the longest-ever study of the effect of wind turbines on prairie grasslands birds, a 10 year study. The article in todays Bismarck Trib.. Search .. ( Wind turbines stress grassland birds ). don
I have been a long time holder acquiring every month.But I gulped when it went over $32 rise to fast to sustain at that level.So I sold and parked my money.I'm back in now and looking for a slower rise and that steady dividend.Also a MDU employee.I like your posts Don and Know MDU is a strong company
For buy-and-hold investors in the major American stock market indexes, ignoring the news has been a worthwhile strategy.
While it’s difficult to make a short-term killing in a market like this, somnambulistic prices aren’t necessarily a bad thing for long-term investors who have already benefited from the extraordinary run-up of the bull market since 2009. The market hasn’t had a substantial drop for several years. By remaining immobile, stocks may be experiencing a different kind of correction: If prices don’t rise, valuations become more reasonable as corporate earnings increase.
That is important because the price-to-earnings ratio of the stock market — a widely followed measure — has risen appreciably since the start of the bull market. Bloomberg data for the S.&P. 500 shows that it has gone all the way from 14.31 percent on March 31, 2009, to 18.22 today.
While investors wait for market action, they can collect handsome dividends. For the Dow, for example, the average current dividend yield is 2.39 percent, more than the current yield on a 10-year Treasury bond. The historically low yields on bonds are an important reason for the high valuations in the stock market: By comparison with bonds, stocks are relatively appealing.
Markets that have sleepwalked like this one in the first half of the year have generally done well in the second half, Bespoke data shows. Of the nine other years with the least market action through June, all of them rose in the second half, on average, by 6 percent. That figure doesn’t include dividends.
In short, if you want action, you won’t have much of it in the big stock market averages. But for buy-and-hold investors, there is still a reasonable chance that this could turn out to be a profitable year.
So far in 2015 the index has not closed more than 3.5 percent above or below its starting point. That has never happened before, Paul Hickey, a co-founder of Bespoke, said in an interview. The S.&P. 500 on Friday closed at 2,079.65, up a mere 1 percent for the year.
The Dow Jones industrial average has been setting its own dubious records. It has been going nowhere at all since the end of last year, crossing above or below its December 2014 closing level 21 times so far this year. That degree of fruitless up-and-down movement in a single calendar year is already an unsurpassed, if uninspiring achievement for the Dow since 1900, according to Bespoke. Volatility in the American large-capitalization stock market has been quite low, too.
What’s startling about the immobility in the Dow and the S.&P. is that other indexes and individual market sectors have been far more active — for better and for worse. The Nasdaq composite index, which is dominated by technology shares, is up 7.4 percent for the year and has been setting records of a more conventional kind, rising to new highs, most recently on Monday. The Nasdaq biotechnology index has risen even more this year — a sizzling 24.5 percent advance. Energy stocks, meanwhile, have fallen sharply. The S.&P. 500 energy sector has dropped 13 percent this year. And commodity markets have made wrenching moves — mainly downward lately — while the currency markets have been shaken by news about the euro.
But in aggregate, the major American stock market indexes have held steady.
“It could be mainly that people are waiting for the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates — which the market expects to happen fairly soon — yet the problems around the world may be inducing the Fed to delay, and that’s bullish for stocks, and it’s all balancing out,” Mr. Hickey said. “We don’t really know why. But it’s startling that the main stock market has been so steady when so many other areas haven’t been.”
From NY Times
U.S. Markets Are an Oasis for Buy-and-Hold Investors
By JEFF SOMMER
There has been no shortage of market-moving business and economic news this year. But for the overall American stock market, none of it has really seemed to matter.
Crises have come and gone, yet the American market has remained astonishingly calm.
The headlines have been filled with international developments like the Greek debt drama, China’s shaky stock market and a possible sanction-ending nuclear deal with Iran. On the domestic front, the latest pronouncements of the Federal Reserve on interest rates and often disappointing announcements by American corporations on earnings and revenue had the potential to stir the stock market.
For example, Apple, the largest stock in the universe by market capitalization, announced after the market close on Tuesday that its earnings for its fiscal third quarter rose 38 percent, a spectacular increase for most companies. Yet it evidently disappointed many short-term traders, who drove Apple stock down more than 4 percent on Wednesday.
That was a big move, and because Apple is so important, it drove the main market indexes down for the day. But if you focus on the ripples caused by Apple, you may miss a bigger, quieter picture. While individual stocks and sectors gyrate, the overall indexes have been bound in an unusually tight trading range. For the most part, the stock market has been an oasis of relative calm.
In fact, the overall American market has been setting records — even if they are not the kind that usually attract attention. It has barely budged this year.
So far in 2015, for example, the Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index has moved less than it has ever moved before, according to at least one measurement by the mavens at the Bespoke Investment Group.
Agreed! Monday morning will tell something I hope. And could go lower, but at $18 that's a fair dividend place to be.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
I don't know where MDU will be one year from now. Nobody knows the answer to that.
MDU stock is currently "on sale." I think this is a classic case of money moving from weak hands to strong hands. I see opportunity.
Perhaps a lot of the buying is just index funds re-balancing their portfolios.
Sentiment: Strong Buy
one yr ago had a $ 33.00 + Stock price, the Market cap is $ 2, 900.000.000 less today.. Jr was wondering if Buffet would buy MDU, and the Utah oil production numbers were out.. .
Where will MDU be in one yr from today????? don
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BLM Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Oil and Gas Project
DATELINE: MOAB, UTAH
The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Land Management's Utah State Office issued the following news release:
The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) Utah Moab Field Office is seeking public input on Fidelity Exploration and Production Company's proposal to construct 16 well pads, access roads, and pipelines 17 miles northwest of Moab, Utah. Each well pad could ultimately contain one to three well bores that may result in up to 48 oil and gas wells.
Fidelity's proposal also includes onsite production facilities and gas gathering pipelines. Following the public scoping period, which ends on Aug. 28, 2015, the BLM will prepare an environmental assessment (EA) to analyze potential impacts associated with the project. The public is encouraged to provide comments to help the BLM identify relevant issues that will influence the scope of the analysis and guide the development process for the EA.
no comment on the reduction in price.But I am acquiring as much as i can again.Great company [dividends] new refinery. construction going good.The oil production stuff with fidelity was a big turd,but what the hell at least they tried.Rick
the 4% yield doesn't appear to be a floor, MDU sure looks to go lower...... similarly BKH is at around $40/share and that also is a current yield of 4%. BKH pushed a 52-week low today and it has to go lower because it will issue equity to help fund the Source One purchase...