We all know it, it’s all over the news: the price of oil is dropping precipitously. Of course as these things go by the time the headlines are over it, it usually is time to take the opposite side of the trade, at least from a near- to medium-term perspective.

Lower oil prices, however, can have wide-ranging consequences, from a discount to the consumer to economic hardship and even social unrest in major oil-producing emerging markets.

We don’t have to look far for evidence that — as Mark Twain is credited for saying, “history does not  repeat itself, but it rhymes” — as we consider the economic challenges that Russia faces as of late, worsened by the dramatic fall in oil prices and a collapsing currency.

When it comes to profiting in the markets, investors and traders alike must be able to distinguish between different time frames and what the fundamental, structural and technical pictures are saying.

Read my full analysis here: http://investorplace.com/2014/12/3-ways-profit-cheap-oil-stocks/#.VIB5gsl8FOI

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