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Iraq Oil Refinery Attack Shows Need for EarthSearch (ECDC) Systems
By:
Staff Reporter, Tom Bustamante
Last Updated:
March 02, 2011 - 1:56pm EST

(NEW YORK)--Over the weekend gunmen attacked Iraq's largest oil refinery, killing a guard and detonating bombs that forced the facility to halt operations, possibly up for 2 years.

Refinery and Pipeline Security

This attack shows the need for the need to secure oil refineries, and pipeline infrastructure from possible sabotage, of threats from militants, or public disturbances.

One such company currently developing systems for this area is East Coast Diversified Corporation (OTCBB:ECDC), which develops access control and pipeline GPS and RFID monitoring systems under their EarthSearch Communication umbrella.

In the past month the Company announced agreements to develop access control systems for oil refineries in the nation of Dubai, and recently launched their oil pipeline monitoring system, which they are currently market in the North African and Middle-East markets. The stock may be consider a small cap developing company, but with only 8 to 9 million shares in the float, and recent jump up in their price, the stock seems posed to breakout to new highs for 2011. (see chart)


Saudi Unrest Brewing

Now reports are stirring that a Saudi Facebook activist was shot dead. Saudi activists alleged Wednesday that state security shot dead a leading online activist, who was calling for a 'Day of Rage' on March 11 in the oil-rich kingdom. Faisal Ahmed Abdul-Ahadwas, 27, was believed to be one of the main administrators of a Facebook group that is calling for protests similar to that have swept North Africa and the Middle East.

If true, this could be a very worrisome event not just for security of the all important Saudi oil fields, but for oil prices as a whole. For traders more risk adverse, one way to play the wild swings in oil prices is through ProShares Ultra DJ-UBS Crude Oil (NYSE:UCO ). This ETF tracks the performance of crude oil price performance, but at 2x the futures market. Thus if oil rises say 5% in any one day trading session, you could easily see UCO rise nearly 10% on that same session.

Now, as with all ETF's, traders are cautioned that these can be great leverage plays for experienced and active traders, but they can also have very strong down side moves when the market moves in the opposite direction of the ETF. Like most ETF's, options usually trade against these trading vehicles, and thus protection strategies can be implemented, but again, probably for the experienced and active traders only.


On a longer-term trend, the TRIX is indicating a bullish cross over into an upward trend, and oil historically has upward pressure going into early summer peak driving season. (see chart)


Airline Sector

Another way to play high oil prices is potentially being short the airlines, such as with Claymore/NYSE Arca Airline (ETF) (NYSE:FAA ). With nearly 20% to 40% of airline costs connected to fuel prices, the airline industry is one of the most sensitive industry and means to play wild swings in the oil market. (see chart)

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