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New Orleans

  1. Aug 29, 2005 #1
    Hey, my aunt brought stocks in oil before the New Orleans incident

    How much will the New Orleans incident raise those stocks, if any?

    Thanks

    She didn't invest in NEW ORLEANS oil, just other oil

    I'm not sure where else I could find this info..
    thanks

    I think she invested around $25,000...but I'm not sure

    so...not as excited as I was before I knew how much she invested
     
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2005
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  3. Aug 30, 2005 #2

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  4. Aug 30, 2005 #3

    arildno

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    Oil is a relatively safe investment, I think, and IMO, your aunt shouldn't try to realize the gain she might have due to the temporary increase in oil prices in connection with the New Orleans tragedy.
    The reason for that is that your aunt is probably not well acquainted with the financial market, and to manage to tweak out a profit on such a small investment requires a skill only professional players at the market have. She stands an equal chance of loss if she tries to realize it now, IMO

    If you were to give your aunt an advice, let this temporary fluctuation pass; there will surely arise a more solid opportunity in this market for her to catch a nice profit.
     
  5. Aug 30, 2005 #4

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    I tend to think oil company stocks are a bad deal right now, because I don't think oil prices are going to go much higher in the near future. However, refinery company stocks are going to have a big decade.
     
  6. Aug 31, 2005 #5

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    What I meant with "safe" was I don't think it is going to plummet, but remain relatively stable over time. Playing "unsafe", high-risk stocks in order to get huge gains requires a knowledge of the day-to-day market very few have, IMO.
     
  7. Aug 31, 2005 #6
    Well New Orleans isnt a large source of oil or anything of that sort. I guess the only way this disaster could effect oil stocks is that there may be a larger demand for oil during this disaster, and I am not even sure if its more or less (as people wont be driving around NO).
     
  8. Sep 1, 2005 #7
    I remember from my history lessons that in the 1970s, petroleum and resources created from raw petroleum (ie, gasoline for automobiles and other vehicles) was hard to come by; in fact, it was so hard to come by that for a while, many school systems across the United States shut down for at least two weeks.

    In the current situation, our President, Dubbya (my nickname for him), has apparently allocated other geographical regions (ie, more of Alaska) into producing oil to make up for our losses in New Orleans. That will mean that perhaps gas prices will remain the same, but given the trend, they just may rise instead.

    My point is that even if people have to pay five bucks a gallon ($1.32 per liter), they will do it - and obviously, they won't like doing that, but everyone's gotta go somewhere somehow. If oil was restricted again as it were in the 70s, then schools and some businesses most likely would shut down temporarily, causing a far larger problem fiscally. I hope that it doesn't come to that again, as I would like to think that this wouldn't be the solution again, as that resulted negatively for the market.
     
  9. Sep 1, 2005 #8

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    Hasn't the govt. announced that they are opening up the U.S. reserves of oil to ease up the expected market pressure in the aftermath of Katrina? I thought I read it somewhere.

    Of course, that's not a long-term solution: the used-up portion of the reserves will have to be replaced at some point.
     
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