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Six Oil Stocks to Buy as the Economy Improves and Energy Prices Rise

Six oil investments to buy as the economy improves and energy prices rise are part of an industry that recently led BoA Global Research to forecast Brent crude soaring to $100 a barrel by 2022. The six oil stocks to buy amid the recovering economy and…

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Six oil investments to buy as the economy improves and energy prices rise are part of an industry that recently led BoA Global Research to forecast Brent crude soaring to $100 a barrel by 2022.

The six oil stocks to buy amid the recovering economy and increasing oil prices include the country’s biggest refiner of the so-called “black gold” and five stocks given buy ratings from BoA. The forecast of $100 a barrel for Brent crude next year came from BoA’s commodity team, but the company’s equity research staff is not quite as bullish.

Fund-Loving Pension Chairman Predicts Oil Rising to $100 a Barrel Amid Economic Recovery

Aside from short-term pullbacks, oil has been a good investment for more than a year, and that’s likely to continue, said Bob Carlson, who heads the Retirement Watch investment newsletter. Market forces and the major oil producers are likely to drive the price of oil to around $100 and it likely will stay around that level, if global economic growth remains strong, he added.

“I prefer to invest in the commodities themselves instead of companies in commodity businesses,” said Carlson, who also serves as chairman of the Board of Trustees of Virginia’s Fairfax County Employees’ Retirement System with more than $4 billion in assets. “Investing in the commodities avoids potential problems with management, debt levels, regulators, labor and more.”

Funds are the best way for most investors to take positions in commodities, Carlson counseled.

Pension fund and Retirement Watch chief Bob Carlson answers questions from columnist Paul Dykewicz.

Commodity Fund Offers Alternative to Six Oil Stocks to Buy

One good choice is the ETF iShares GSCI Commodity Dynamic Roll (COMT), Carlson continued. The fund seeks to follow the Goldman Sachs Commodity Index, which is more heavily weighted to energy than most other commodity indexes, he added.

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COMT invests in most commodities using futures contracts. The fund has gained 9.30% in the last three months and 28.27% for the year to date.

“Another good choice is Parametric Commodity Strategy (EAPCX), an open-end mutual fund,” Carlson said. “This fund also takes most of its commodity positions through futures contracts. The fund’s benchmark is the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index, which isn’t as heavily weighted in energy as the GSCI.”

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However, EAPCX does not try to track the Bloomberg Commodity Total Return Index, Carlson commented. Instead, EAPCX seeks to beat the index using a rules-based systematic investment process, greater diversification and more active rebalancing, he added.

“The managers don’t forecast the markets or take positions based on forecasts,” Carlson said.

The fund rose 8.94% in the last three months and 21.60% for the year date.

Wall Street Veteran Chooses Largest U.S. Oil Refiner as One of Six Oil Stocks to Buy

“Oil prices topped out in mid-July after OPEC stated it would increase production,” said Bryan Perry, who heads the Cash Machine investment newsletter, as well as the Premium Income, Quick Income Trader, Breakout Profits Trader and Hi-Tech Trader advisory services. As of July 19, WTI crude traded at $66.57/bbl. in what is the sharpest sell-off since late March. Assuming this pullback in crude is an orderly correction, following a torrid move higher year to date, it presents a compelling buying opportunity in some blue-chip energy stocks.”

Paul Dykewicz interviews Bryan Perry at a MoneyShow.

One such stock to consider is Marathon Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:MPC), America’s largest oil refiner, said Perry, who called it his favorite industry pick at the moment. Findlay, Ohio-based Marathon Petroleum Corp. not only has robust operations in refining but in midstream and retail markets, he added.

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Refiner’s Resurgence Rates It One of Six Oil Stocks to Buy

Revenues at the company are forecast to jump by 23% to $85 billion in 2021 with earnings of $1.03 per share estimated to soar by 221% to $3.31 in 2022, Perry said. The stock traded at $64.84 in early June and is testing its 200-day moving average around $50, sporting a dividend yield of 4.5%, Perry continued.

If oil prices stabilize, Marathon Petroleum should prove to be a “very savvy purchase” for investors seeking to initiate or add to their energy holdings,” Perry predicted.  

Six Oil Stocks to Buy Gain Economic Support from Stock-Picking Professor

The 13-nation Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and its oil-producing allies recently agreed to provide millions of additional barrels of crude oil a day to the global market in the next two years, said Mark Skousen, PhD, who heads the Forecasts & Strategies investment newsletter, as well as the Home Run Trader, Five Star Trader, TNT Trader and the Fast Money Alert trading services. So, it is no surprise that the price of U.S. oil has dropped by 6% to less than $70 on Monday, July 19, added Skousen, a Presidential Fellow in economics at Chapman University.

The drop in oil prices hurt energy producers as the sector was enduring a shakeout due to the recent consolidation in the stock market. But a good contrarian buys on bad news with a view to taking profits when the outlook improves, Skousen counseled.

With the pandemic receding, interest rates near record lows and governments introducing multi-trillion fiscal stimulus around the world, it should not be long before oil prices and companies rebound, Skousen opined.

Mark Skousen, PhD, a descendent of Benjamin Franklin, meets with Paul Dykewicz in Philadelphia.

Money Manager Suggests a Fund and a Natural Gas Company Other than Six Oil Stocks to Buy

“I’m going to get contrarian here: while oil might spike above $100 on a supply shock or geopolitical tension, it’s going to take a lot of inflation and a lot of OPEC supply discipline to keep it there,” said Hilary Kramer, who heads the GameChangers and Value Authority advisory services. “This is not the 1970s, when U.S. energy independence was a cruel dream. If overseas producers talk tough, domestic shale operators will simply drill more wells. So, what do I like in the sector? All the majors are down 10-25%, so all you really need to do is pick up a broad market-cap-weighted basket like the Energy SPDR (NYSE:XLE) and wait for rising crude to lift all the boats.” 

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If investors want something more concentrated, here’s an outside-the-box idea: natural gas processor Williams Companies (NYSE:WMB), which at an implied yield of 6.4% is showing significant stress, Kramer counseled. 

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“I’d be surprised if cash flow on the horizon will support the dividend, so the market is right in being a little leery of this stock, Kramer said. “But while it will take some creative accounting to maintain a $0.41 quarterly payout, I’m thinking WMB can manage $0.30 per quarter without too much trouble… if management decides they need to cut at all. That’s worth a 4.5% yield, which is pretty good if you’re simply looking for a bond replacement over the next few years.”

Columnist Paul Dykewicz interviews money manager Hilary Kramer, whose premium advisory services include IPO Edge2-Day TraderTurbo Trader and Inner Circle.

And that possibility is a “worst-case scenario,” Kramer said. WMB’s management found a way to keep raising the dividend in every oil slump since 2002 and only cut in 2016 to free up cash for acquisitions, she added.

“At the time, Wall Street cheered,” Kramer recalled. “While I can’t promise that this time around, using this stock for income and not as a trading vehicle is probably the way to go right now.”

BoA Global Research Identifies Five of Six Oil Investments to Buy 

A recent research report by BoA identified five oil stocks as buys. Exxon Mobil Corp. stands out at the top of the group.

Key risks faced by Exxon Mobil include a challenging margin environment, significant delays to the new upstream projects critical to its growth targets and obstacles to capturing the price climate due to cost constraints. However, BoA set a lofty $90 price target for Exxon Mobil, 60.8% above its closing price of $55.96 on July 20.

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Occidental Petroleum Corp. (NYSE:OXY) received a $44 price target from BoA that would mark a 73.4% jump from the company’s closing price of $25.37 on July 20. But the company’s downside risks, cited by BoA, include the tough oil and gas environment, potential delays in large-scale projects and exposure to the Middle East and the corresponding political risk it entails.

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Hess Earns Spot Among Six Oil Stocks to Buy

Hess Corp. (NYSE:HES) earned a price objective of $115 from BoA, along with a caution to expect the company to show restraint on new spending projects aimed at growing the business. The risks to the forecast include the unpredictable pricing environment, possible slowdowns in drilling that could cause production to slip below expectations and exploratory drilling activities that could hold back the stock’s rise, BoA indicated.

Chart courtesy of www.StockCharts.com

FANG Earns Berth Among Six Oil Stocks to Buy

Diamondback Energy Inc. (NYSE:FANG) garnered a $114 price objective from BoA. However, it faces risks that include the uncertain pricing environment in the oil industry and the possibility of a slower rate of development than currently expected.

Deven Energy Also Is One of the Six Oil Stocks to Buy

Deven Energy Corp. (NYSE:DYN) received a $40 price objective from BoA, 57.9% above the stock’s closing share price of $24.54 on July 20. Challenges include trying to develop production in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford shale, weak natural gas pricing and a potential global recession, according to BoA.

New Delta Variant of COVID-19 Spread May Affect Six Oil Stocks to Buy

The increasingly transmissible Delta variant of COVID-19 has raised concerns from health experts about increased spread of the virus across the United States. The variant is blamed for new surges in case numbers and deaths. Genetic variants of SARS-CoV-2 have been emerging and circulating around the world throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

For example, the CDC and the U.S. State Department each raised their warnings to the highest levels on July 19 for travel to the United Kingdom. The CDC cautioned to “avoid” traveling there, while the State Department issued a blunt “do not travel” warning for the United Kingdom.

A variant has one or more mutations that differentiate it from other COVID-19 varieties in circulation. The Delta variant is expected to become the dominant coronavirus strain in the United States, according to the CDC. With more than half the U.S. population not fully vaccinated, public health officials caution that a resurgence of COVID-19 cases may well occur this fall when many unvaccinated children return to school.

Progress in increasing the number of people vaccinated from COVID-19 lifts hope that new cases and deaths will keep falling. As of July 19, 186,317,651 people, or 56.1% of the U.S. population, have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine. The fully vaccinated total 161,473,715 people, or 48.6%, of the U.S. population, according to the CDC.

The Food and Drug Administration recently approved a third COVID-19 vaccine, manufactured by Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ), which requires only one dose rather than two, as with the first two vaccine providers: Pfizer (NYSE:PFE) and Moderna (NASDAQ:MRNA).

COVID-19 cases worldwide have reached 191,216,295 and caused 4,101,590 deaths, as of July 20, according to Johns Hopkins University. U.S. COVID-19 cases reached 34,150,195 and caused 609,377 deaths. America has the dreaded distinction as the country with the most COVID-19 cases and deaths.

The six oil investments allow investors to profit amid the pandemic. Rising COVID-19 vaccine availability, improving economic data and a recent $1.9 trillion federal stimulus package should help to lift the prices of the oil investments to buy.

Paul Dykewicz, www.pauldykewicz.com, is an accomplished, award-winning journalist who has written for Dow Jones, the Wall Street JournalInvestor’s Business DailyUSA Today, the Journal of Commerce, Seeking Alpha, GuruFocus and other publications and websites. Paul, who can be followed on Twitter @PaulDykewicz, is the editor of StockInvestor.com and DividendInvestor.com, a writer for both websites and a columnist. He further is editorial director of Eagle Financial Publications in Washington, D.C., where he edits monthly investment newsletters, time-sensitive trading alerts, free e-letters and other investment reports. Paul previously served as business editor of Baltimore’s Daily Record newspaper. Paul also is the author of an inspirational book, “Holy Smokes! Golden Guidance from Notre Dame’s Championship Chaplain,” with a foreword by former national championship-winning football coach Lou Holtz. The book is great as a gift and is endorsed by Joe Montana, Joe Theismann, Ara Parseghian, “Rocket” Ismail, Reggie Brooks, Dick Vitale and many othersCall 202-677-4457 for special pricing!

 

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Top Stories This Week: Gold Manipulators Go to Court, Silver’s Industrial Side in Focus

Catch up and get informed with this week’s content highlights from Charlotte McLeod, our editorial director.
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The gold price held above US$1,800 per ounce this week, finishing the period around that level, which is down from last week’s July high point of around US$1,830. 

Marc Lichtenfeld of the Oxford Club is one market watcher who’s struggling to understand why gold isn’t doing better this year. We had the chance to speak this week, and he pointed to money printing, the impact of COVID-19 and inflation as factors that should be pushing gold to record highs.

So far in 2021 those elements have have failed to do the trick, and Marc said he sees a disconnect between the yellow metal’s traditional fundamentals and what’s happening in the market.

 

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“There just seems to be a disconnect between what are the traditional gold fundamentals and what’s happening out in the world … it’s really difficult to try to figure out what is happening with gold and why gold isn’t at record highs” — Marc Lichtenfeld, the Oxford Club

Of course, some would argue that price manipulation is the reason gold isn’t moving, and this week there was more news on that front. Chat logs were released in a spoofing trial for two former precious metals traders from the Bank of America’s (NYSE:BAC) Merrill Lynch unit, and they show one of the traders bragging about how easy it is to manipulate the price of gold. The trial isn’t over yet, but in its opening arguments that trader’s attorney said he stopped spoofing after he found out it was illegal.

Looking over to silver, I heard this week from Collin Plume of Noble Gold Investments, who thinks industrial demand will help push the white metal above the US$40 per ounce mark in the next 12 to 18 months. Silver has struggled to pass US$30 so far this year.

Solar panels are one of silver’s key uses, but it’s also found in other high-tech applications such as electronics and electric vehicles. Collin isn’t aware of any commodities that can replace silver in its end-use markets, and with demand “through the roof,” he expects to see shortages of silver by next year.

With silver in mind, we asked our Twitter followers this week if they think its industrial or precious side is driving the most demand right now. By the time the poll closed, about 70 percent of respondents said they think the precious angle is more important.

 

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We’ll be asking another question on Twitter next week, so make sure to follow us @INN_Resource or follow me @Charlotte_McL to share your thoughts.

We’re going to finish up with the cannabis space, where there was a major announcement last week.

A group of Democratic senators headed by Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced a draft of the Cannabis Administration and Opportunity Act, which among other things would remove cannabis from the Controlled Substances Act. The long-awaited bill will need 60 votes to get through the Senate, and opinion is split on whether that will actually happen.

INN’s Bryan Mc Govern spoke with Dan Ahrens of AdvisorShares Investments, who thinks it has “no chance of passing,” but remains optimistic about prospects for American cannabis companies.

“No one should expect US (cannabis) legalization anytime soon. We should expect reforms; they’re not coming as fast as anyone would like to see, but everybody agrees we’re going to get some form of banking reform in the near future … we’ll see baby steps” — Dan Ahrens, AdvisorShares Investments

Why? In his opinion, these stocks remain undervalued compared to their Canadian counterparts, and are operating well even without federal cannabis approval. Any legalization progress would be a bonus.

Want more YouTube content? Check out our YouTube playlist At Home With INN, which features interviews with experts in the resource space. If there’s someone you’d like to see us interview, please send an email to cmcleod@investingnews.com.

And don’t forget to follow us @INN_Resource for real-time updates! 

Securities Disclosure: I, Charlotte McLeod, hold no direct investment interest in any company mentioned in this article.

Editorial Disclosure: The Investing News Network does not guarantee the accuracy or thoroughness of the information reported in the interviews it conducts. The opinions expressed in these interviews do not reflect the opinions of the Investing News Network and do not constitute investment advice. All readers are encouraged to perform their own due diligence.

 

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Top 5 Rubber Stocks to Buy in 2021

Here are some of the best rubber stocks to buy right now. Increased demand and supply chain disruptions are putting pressure rubber prices.
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When it comes to investing, all the attention tends to go to healthcare, tech and increasingly renewable energy. But these aren’t the only stocks on the block, and some old mainstays can also add value to your portfolio. One of those old, reliable industries is rubber: it always has some level of demand, and that won’t likely change anytime soon. But recent economic conditions make rubber even more intriguing than usual. One of the biggest uses of rubber is car tires, and sharp economic recovery is likely to mean a sharp demand for new cars. Hence, we may also see a sharp increase in demand for rubber as many people head to the dealer to buy a new car. There’s more to it than just the auto industry, of course. CNBC reported that disruptions in the supply chain are also causing major disruptions. And we use rubber for many different essential items, including personal protective equipment and countless other items. With increased demand and supply chain disruptions, rubber stocks are poised for a rise. Here are some of the best rubber stocks to buy:
  • Goodyear Tire & Rubber (Nasdaq: GT)
  • Trinseo (NYSE: TSE)
  • Michelin (OTC: MGDDY)
  • Carlisle Companies (NYSE: CSL)
  • Protolabs (NYSE: PRLB)
If you’ve never invested in rubber stocks before, you might be wondering if they are a good investment. Let’s consider that question before looking at each stock more closely. And if you want to see how your investment portfolio might grow, check out our free investment calculator.

Is Rubber a Good Investment?

Rubber can certainly be a good investment because it is nearly ubiquitous; it is used in many different products, including tires, footwear, pharmaceuticals, textiles and many other products. As Zacks notes, rubber is among the most profitable industries when it comes to natural resources. But rubber isn’t exactly the most innovative product. Perhaps it was decades ago, but these days, it’s something most of us are just used to seeing. We don’t really demand rubber so much as the products that contain it. Hence, it’s only when demand for those products increases that the demand for rubber spikes. And as mentioned earlier, we are at a point right now where many people are looking to buy new cars, and rubber’s use in tires could cause a surge in demand. However, these things can be very cyclical. The Zacks page linked above highlights this very well. There, you can see the rubber tires industry has a YTD performance of 42.90% compared to 16.09% for IVV, an S&P 500 fund. But as good as that sounds, the 5-year performance for rubber tires is -33.71% compared to 112.67 for IVV. Given the downside risk, rubber is probably best used as part of a balanced portfolio containing more well-round assets, such as funds like IVV.

Rubber Stocks to Buy Now

If you want to “bounce” your returns upward with rubber stocks, here are some of the best rubber stocks to buy right now. Keep an eye on them as the situation with the auto industry progresses.

Goodyear Tire & Rubber

Goodyear Tire & Rubber is a tire manufacturer that makes tires for a variety of uses. Tires for automobiles are one of the biggest uses of Goodyear tires. However, they are also used on buses, trucks, aircraft, motorcycles, mining equipment, industrial equipment and farm equipment. In addition to the Goodyear name, it also has Dunlop and Kelly tires under its belt. Goodyear has been around since 1898 and was the first global tire manufacturer to enter the Chinese market. It produces a range of tires, rubber products and chemicals across the U.S. and Canada.

Trinseo

Trinseo is a global materials company that manufactures latex, plastics and synthetic rubber. Notably, it produces plastic for Lego. When it comes to rubber, Trinseo produces styrene-butadiene rubber (SSBR). This material is primarily used in high-performance tires. In addition to Legos, its plastic is used in automotive applications, LED lighting and medical devices. Trinseo is growing rapidly, with 17 manufacturing and 11 research facilities worldwide. In addition, it is already seeing healthy revenue increases as it continues to grow. Its website notes Trinseo is “dedicated to making a positive impact on society,” and it will support the “sustainability goals of our customers in a wide range of end-markets.”

Michelin

Michelin is another name that is big in the tire manufacturing business, and the demand for new cars places it squarely on this list. In addition to the Michelin tire brand, the company also owns BFGoodrich and Uniroyal. BFGoodrich is a premium tire brand for sports cars, offroad vehicles and light trucks. Michelin is the largest tire manufacturer in the US and the second-largest in the world. It has 34 plans in two countries and had over $8 billion of sales in 2020. Its revenue has been increasing, as has its stock price. As the situation with the auto industry evolves, it will be interesting to see how Michelin fares.

Carlisle Companies

Founded in 1917 and based in Scottsdale, Arizona, Carlisle Companies is about more than just rubber. It is more of an umbrella under which there are a number of different operations. Its products and services include healthcare, commercial roofing, aerospace and electronics, lawn and garden, agriculture, energy, mining and construction equipment, and dining. Of course, there are many uses for rubber and plastic across these industries. In 2018, Carlisle Companies released a plan called Vision 2025 in which it detailed how it will continue to grow over the next 100 years.

Protolabs

Protolabs is an intriguing company. It produces low-volume 3D printed, CNC-machining, sheet metal fabrication and injection-molded custom parts. These parts are then used for short-run production and in prototypes. The company describes itself as the “world’s fastest digital manufacturing service.” It also provides rubber, metal and commercial plastics. Given its business model, it was able to produce several items during the coronavirus pandemic, including face shields, plastic clips and items used in test kits. They were in turn used in Minnesota hospitals, where the company is based.

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Biden Says New Cuba Sanctions Are “Just The Beginning” 

Biden Says New Cuba Sanctions Are "Just The Beginning" 

President Biden says the newly announced sanctions against Cuba are "just the beginning" after rare widespread protests took over multiple cities on the communist-run island starting…

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Biden Says New Cuba Sanctions Are "Just The Beginning" 

President Biden says the newly announced sanctions against Cuba are "just the beginning" after rare widespread protests took over multiple cities on the communist-run island starting earlier in July. In the Thursday fresh sanctions announcement Biden condemned "the mass detentions and sham trials that are unjustly sentencing to prison those who dared to speak out in an effort to intimidate and threaten the Cuban people into silence," according to a White House statement

Specifically these latest sanctions target the defense minister and the National Special Brigade of Cuba’s Interior Ministry (on top of broader decades-long US sanctions against the government and economy).

Cuban Americans at a protest in Miami, via AP

Biden said these two officials in particular are spearheading the crackdown on Cuban protesters. He suggested there's much more to come.

"This is just the beginning — the United States will continue to sanction individuals responsible for oppression of the Cuban people," Biden said.

The administration further said it's working to "restore internet access" in Cuba after widespread shutdowns were reported over this month as Cuban security forces struggle to gain control of the demonstrations, largely driven by an economy in tatters, food and fuel shortages, and severe mismanagement of the pandemic crisis. 

Currently, the US even prohibits remittances, barring Cuban-Americans from sending money to their families, with last year Western Union also shutting down all money-sending services to Cuba after the Trump administration re-imposed sanctions. 

The Biden White House since he took office has vowed to "review" Trump era policies, but so far has kept them in place and now even appears to be ramping up the pressure once again. He again hinted this week that there could be a policy change toward "easing" restrictions. 

Cuba has for its part alleged a foreign hand behind the recent protests, especially following the so-called "Cuban Twitter" initiative of the past decade, which was long ago exposed as part of Washington's covert efforts to stir unrest on the island. 

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