A Hot New Market for Natural Gas Engines

The following video is part of our "Motley Fool Conversations" series, in which industrials editor/analyst Isaac Pino discusses topics around the investing world.

In today's edition, Isaac sounds off on yet another exciting announcement from one of the leading manufacturers of natural gas conversion engines, Westport Innovations. For investors bullish on natural gas as a transportation fuel, the news of Westport's second agreement with General Motors could provide a catalyst for the entire industry. The deal pushes natural gas technologies into a more mainstream consumer segment through light-duty vehicles such as sedans, pickup trucks, and SUVs. Not surprisingly, the announcement sparked a rally in Westport's stock, up 9.2% at the market close. Likewise, Clean Energy Fuels, a leader in building out natural gas fueling stations, jumped 2.2% on the positive natty gas news.

From Isaac's perspective, Westport and Clean Energy offer tremendous growth opportunities but remain speculative stocks for unprofitable companies. For investors interested in steadier returns over the long haul, uncover a more surefire energy stock in our special free report: "The Only Energy Stock You'll Ever Need." Don't miss out on this limited-time offer and your opportunity to discover this under-the-radar company before the market does. Click here to access your report -- it's totally free.

Isaac Pino has no positions in the stocks mentioned above. The Motley Fool owns shares of Ford and Westport Innovations. Motley Fool newsletter services recommend Clean Energy Fuels, Ford, General Motors, and Westport Innovations. Try any of our Foolish newsletter services free for 30 days. We Fools don't all hold the same opinions, but we all believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. The Motley Fool has a disclosure policy.

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  • Report this Comment On June 28, 2012, at 5:47 PM, mikevr1463 wrote:

    Strangely, MFoolers are silent on GTLS (Chart Industries) which provides hardware for the "processing" (storage and distribution) of LNG. I called MF and learned that no service is currently following GTLS. WHY???

    Jim Cramer considers GTLS like an ETF in its extensive coverage of long as the NG price remains low.

    Since this is the same assumption for WPRT and CLNE success, why aren't you exploring it as well? Even WPRT is using mobile LNG "pumps" from GTLS for bridging purposes.

    Moreover, Exxon, the biggest holder of NG wells in the US, is "losing its shirt" by the low price of NG, and is thus exploring exporting LNG.

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