The worst may be over for companies and investors who have weathered the depressed gas prices of the past few years, but that doesn't mean it's clear sailing from here. It's a battle of long-term investors versus short-term traders.
Joe Mazumdar assesses the current situation and compares the performance potential of the majors with the mid caps. He backs up his analysis and predictions with a few solid companies that are positioned to weather the storm.
What will it take for alternative energy to deliver the returns investors have dreamed of? Continued global economic recovery, unsubsidized demand and prices that give customers a green incentive without added costs.
A net sentiment-negative outcome to the varied mix of catalysts on offer stands to weigh growth-anchored crude oil and copper prices. Meanwhile, gold and silver may decline as ebbing risk appetite boosts haven demand for the US dollar.