The solar energy market is not 'make believe.'
FORTUNE -- It's no secret that Republicans view Solyndra as the corporate embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Obama administration. It received federal loans through a stimulus they opposed, its largest existing investor had ties to a major Obama fundraiser and the company's collapse cost taxpayers around half a billion dollars.
But last night Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) trotted out a new MOREDan Primack - Aug 30, 2012 5:06 PM ET
Demand for corn ethanol is raising food prices. What's needed is a policy change.
FORTUNE -- After 30 years of government largesse that would have made even Nancy Pelosi blush, Congress in December let expire the roughly $6 billion annual subsidy for corn ethanol. That's bad news for the big refiners that were paid 45¢ for each gallon of corn ethanol they blended into gasoline supplies. But it's good news for MOREScott Cendrowski, writer - Jan 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
How investment firms protect themselves from a ban on fracking.
Last month, some fracking chemicals allegedly found their way into a Wyoming aquifer. Then there were a pair of mild earthquakes in Ohio, which some geologists claim were caused by fracking in that state.
It still seems highly unlikely that the EPA would institute any sort of blanket ban on fracking – particularly given that the U.S. is now a net refined fuel MOREDan Primack - Jan 6, 2012 12:36 PM ET
KKR again bets big on shale.
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) this morning announced the largest leveraged buyout of 2011, agreeing to acquire privately-held oil and gas company Samson for $7.2 billion. KKR is being joined on the deal by Crestview Partners, Natural Gas Partners and Japan's Itochu Corp.
Under terms of the agreement, KKR and its partners will acquire all of Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson's assets, with the exception of its MOREDan Primack - Nov 23, 2011 9:10 AM ET
Icon Telecommunications & Utilities fund manager Robert Straus says the power giant shines even in uncertain times.
By Scott Medintz, contributor
FORTUNE -- Icon manager Robert Straus is a by-the-numbers stock picker. "We think it's very important to be non-emotional," he says. He examines earnings, growth rates, and risk, and invests in utilities with the best "value-to-price" ratio. The result: 6% annual returns over the past 10 years, more than double the MORENov 9, 2011 5:00 AM ET
The schizophrenia continues: We aren't going public now, but we will soon.
FORTUNE -- It's probably not a stunning revelation that an increase in IPO filings historically portends an improving economy. Late 2009 saw a strong uptick, for instance, which was followed by a great bull market in 2010, while the stagflation of the mid 1970s meant barely any IPOs saw daylight, especially during the dark days between 1974 and 1976.
So MOREBrendan Coffey, Contributor - Oct 19, 2011 3:23 PM ET
The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved new limits on commodities traders. Now analysts want to know what will happen next.
FORTUNE -- Is the cure for speculation in the energy markets worse than the illness? Futures industry professionals are up in arms over a vote by regulators Tuesday to introduce position limits on hedge funds and other traders, saying it will lead to commodity hoarding and large price spikes in the MOREBrendan Coffey, Contributor - Oct 19, 2011 12:33 PM ET
How a reliable grid can trump cheap wages.
By Vishesh Kumar, contributor
FORTUNE -- Rapidly rising wages in booming countries like China are setting the stage for a revival in American manufacturing. As labor costs outpace productivity abroad, companies find the U.S. to be increasingly competitive.
But the massive energy demand that results from the blistering growth in emerging economies may be compounding the impact of rising wages abroad as well.
As energy demands MOREJun 29, 2011 10:33 AM ET
With macro factors deteriorating, it's time to short oil stocks and go long the dollar.
By Lou Gagliardi, Hedgeye
We are now leaning more bearish on oil equities, mainly due to worsening macro factors. We've also turned bullish on the U.S. Dollar (USD) as the Fed's second round of quantitative easing is ending and there's little upside to the euro as the EU continues to socialize the periphery's fiscal imbalances at every MOREJun 15, 2011 12:36 PM ET
It's time to truly level the playing field and give all forms of energy a chance to compete.
To hear some tell it, we have lost our collective appreciation for free markets. So writes CNBC anchor Joe Kernan in his new book about "defending our kids from the liberal assault on capitalism." Or former BB&T CEO John Allison, who offers $2 million grants to colleges that create "courses in capitalism." And MOREDan Primack - May 26, 2011 5:00 AM ET
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