Four lower-risk ways to invest in oil

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Oil prices have held steady at around $100 a barrel, even as the U.S. shale boom has increased that country’s production by 70% in the past five years. That’s mainly due to fears that unrest in the Middle East and Ukraine could threaten world oil supplies. We feel the best way to invest in the cyclical oil and gas industry is through well-established producers like these four. Their high-quality operations give them plenty of cash flow to replenish their reserves and pay for share buybacks and dividends. However, not all are buys right now. CHEVRON CORP. $129 (New York symbol CVX; Conservative Growth Portfolio, Resources sector; Shares outstanding: 1.9 billion; Market cap: $245.1 billion; Price-to-sales ratio: 1.6; Dividend yield: 3.3%; TSINetwork Rating: Above Average; www.chevron.com) is the second-largest integrated oil company in the U.S. by revenue, after ExxonMobil (New York symbol XOM). In the second quarter of 2014, Chevron produced 2.55 million barrels a day (67% oil, 33% natural gas),…

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